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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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Cast

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Benedict Slade
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Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ...
Mr. Nathaniel Brewster
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Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
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Jessup
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Helen Brewster
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Orphan (as William Bermender)
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Matt Reeves
Tammy Bourne ...
Sarah Thatcher
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Tim
Chris Cragg ...
Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas ...
Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan ...
Jennie Reeves
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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

In one repossession scene they collect a grandfather clock. But in the previous scene when Slade arrives at the bookstore to repossess items the grandfather clock is already on the truck. 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 (2015) See more »

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We Three Kings
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Written by John H. Hopkins (as John Henry Hopkins, Jr.)
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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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