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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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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (story)
Jerome Coopersmith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Charles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film See more »
Plot:
In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Deserves Full Praise As A Worthy Addition. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (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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Goofs:
Continuity: 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:[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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Movie Connections:
Version of A Christmas Carol (1982/II) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Come, All Ye FaithfulSee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Deserves Full Praise As A Worthy Addition., 14 April 2006
Author: scott88-4 from Canada

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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