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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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Orphan
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the lights go out in the warehouse, Slade switches the circuit breaker several times and leaves in the off position. When power is restored later, the lights come back on even with the switch in the off position. See more »

Quotes

Benedict Slade: [seeing an overgrown gravesite] Wait, wait. There is something about this place. Something draws me right to it. The monument looks fairly new, and yet, neglected.
Ghost of Christmas Future: No one visits that grave.
Benedict Slade: Not ever?
Ghost of Christmas Future: Not ever.
Benedict Slade: To lie in a grave, un-loved and un-remembered, is as if the life was never lived.
Ghost of Christmas Future: That is the only... real death.
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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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