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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.
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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: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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Should be on the air, 15 December 2002
Author: mflunder from Ontario, Canada

When asked recently what my favourite version of A Christmas Carol was, I had to respond with this movie. Henry Winkler provides a character in this adaptation that is the most believable amongst other perennial favorites in the role of Scrooge (Mr. Slate in this case).

It has been a while since I have seen the film and I am disappointed not to find it on TV again this year. I could use the refreshing view this film provided to the tired Allister Sims or Gorge C. Scott versions.

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