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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
Will Bermender ...
Orphan (as William Bermender)
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Orphan
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Tim
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William Ballantyne ...
Minister
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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Goofs

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

Mr. Brewster: When the day of quality ends in this country, we'll all be in great trouble indeed.
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Silent Night
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Written by Franz Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and Joseph Mohr
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Deserves Full Praise As A Worthy Addition.
14 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While I love almost all of the "Christmas Carol" films, this one really has a special place in my heart. I saw this movie many years back when I was not really a fan of Christmas movies and never went out of my way to watch them. This film changed that. I enjoyed it so much that I now eagerly await every December as a time once again to enjoy some of the classic holiday shows from times past. "An American Christmas Carol" is easily one of my favorites. And, as a previous reviewer felt, the ending of the Winkler version may be the best of all of the versions, although I still love the Alistair Sims ending (standing on his head!) Excellent film. And it deserves a place in the "Christmas Film Hall Of Fame".


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