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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

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Benedict Slade
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Matt Reeves
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Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ...
Mr. Brewster
Cec Linder ...
Auctioneer
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Thatcher
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Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
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Jessup
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Helen Brewster
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Choir Leader
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Orphan (as William Bermender)
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Orphan
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Tim
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Tammy Bourne ...
Sarah Thatcher
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Storyline

In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Charles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film See more »

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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Helen announces that the war bond drive is just short of its $25,000 goal, but this amount was far too high. It would be the equivalent of raising $300,000 today. See more »

Quotes

Benedict Slade: I know this place. I've never been here before. Why does it look so familiar?
Ghost of Christmas Present: A picture, maybe?
Benedict Slade: On my office wall. My... employee... over his desk...
Ghost of Christmas Present: Your former employee. Remember?
Benedict Slade: He deserved to be fired. Disagrees with everything I do. Conspires with others to pull money out of me. Who needs someone like that around?
Ghost of Christmas Present: There are three in here who do.
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1977) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard on High
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Fonzie plays Scrooge
9 February 2000 | by (Toronto , Ontario) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that this is my personal favorite when it comes to all the "Christmas Carol" films. I try to watch it every year now. I actually really enjoyed Henry Winkler as "Scrooge" and found his portrayal memorable. I am not sure if it is noted in the credits but the majority of this film was shot on location in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. This film does break some of the traditions of the original Charles Dickens tale but it is a very good version of the original with all the same good spirit.


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