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An American Christmas Carol -- In this unique retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol, Henry Winkler is Benedict Slade, a heartless finance company president in Depression era New England.
An American Christmas Carol -- Clip: He's Nice Now


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Charles Dickens (story)
Jerome Coopersmith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Charles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film See more »
In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Henry Winkler ... Benedict Slade

Dorian Harewood ... Matt Reeves

David Wayne ... Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ... Mr. Brewster
Cec Linder ... Auctioneer

R.H. Thomson ... Thatcher
Ken Pogue ... Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)

Gerard Parkes ... Jessup

Susan Hogan ... Helen Brewster

Michael Wincott ... Choir Leader
William Bermender ... Orphan

Brett Matthew Davidson ... Orphan

Christopher Crabb ... Tim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Ballantyne ... Minister
Tammy Bourne ... Sarah Thatcher
Chris Cragg ... Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas ... Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan ... Jennie Reeves
Frank Gibbs ... Fire Chief
Linda Goranson ... Mrs. Doris Thatcher
Derrick Jones ... Harry Barnes

Sylvia Llewellyn ... Latham's Secretary
Jefferson Mappin ... Joe
Mary Pirie ... Mrs. Brewster
Sammy Snyders ... Young Slade
Ruth Springford ... Mrs. Tidings
Justine Till ... Young Helen
Alexander Galant ... Orphan (uncredited)

Directed by
Eric Till 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol")

Jerome Coopersmith (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Chase .... producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
Jon Slan .... producer
Gary Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hagood Hardy 
Cinematography by
Richard Ciupka 
Film Editing by
Ron Wisman 
Production Design by
Jack McAdam 
Costume Design by
Julie Whitfield 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup consultant
Greg Cannom .... makeup creator: Henry Winkler
Production Management
Gerry Arbeid .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David M. Robertson .... first assistant director
Rocco Gismondi .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Terry Burke .... sound editor
Douglas Ganton .... location sound recordist
Thomas Hidderley .... boom operator
Robin Leigh .... sound editor
John P. Megill .... boom operator
Bruce Nyznik .... sound editor
Tony van den Akker .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Williamson .... still photographer

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98 min
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Miscellaneous: 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 »
Benedict Slade:[after watching his younger self make a deal with Jack Latham] Yup, that's me! I always moved in when the moment was good. I could always smell a good business deal.
Ghost of Christmas Past:So could Latham. Look where he ended up.
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Movie Connections:
Version of A Christmas Carol (1951)See more »
We Wish You a Merry ChristmasSee more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
NOT A BAD VERSION, 23 December 2000
Author: Eddie Smith ( from United States

I haven't seen it in about 15 years, but I really did like this version of A Christmas Carol. Yeah, it deviated a bit from the original story, but... so what? I could relate to it more.

Seems like ABC would have this one to broadcast annually, but I guess they tossed it when the Fonzie furor was over. Actually, I'm not sure if he was best cast as the American Scrooge, but that didn't take away from the story.

Call me delusional, but I consider it an unappreciated holiday classic.

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