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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 »
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A novel retelling of the Dickens tale. Give it a chance. See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Henry Winkler ... Benedict Slade

Dorian Harewood ... Matt Reeves

Susan Hogan ... Helen Brewster
Cec Linder ... Auctioneer

R.H. Thomson ... Thatcher

David Wayne ... Merrivale

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

Gerard Parkes ... Jessup
Mary Pirie ... Mrs. Brewster
Ken Pogue ... Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
Sammy Snyders ... Young Slade
Ruth Springford ... Mrs. Tidings
Justine Till ... Young Helen
Chris Wiggins ... Mr. Brewster
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 (as Tony van den Akker)
 
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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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 Story of the Christmas Carol (1955) (TV)See more »
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We Three KingsSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A novel retelling of the Dickens tale. Give it a chance., 17 December 2001
Author: Tom from Texas

Not enough people ever gave this one a chance, but it should be considered one of the better versions of "A Christmas Carol" out there.

Why did it fail? Well, who wanted to see "Fonzie" play Scrooge back in 1979? I must admit that I did not like this movie the first time I saw it either, but it grew on me, as any good movie does. Henry Winkler plays Depression era "Bennidict Slade" (what an inventive American equivalent for "Ebenezer Scrooge"!), a rich businessman that started out as a delinquent orphan that was adopted by a kind man he unwittingly ends up putting out of business in his pursuit of greed. The "Depression Era" skin put on this movie makes it all the more gray, bleak and believable.

One thing that hurt this movie was that it doesn't have as much of a "feel good" ending as the usual "Scrooge" versions, but I rank this one high because it has my absolute favorite ending of any version of the "Scrooge" genre.

Naturally, I can't spoil the ending, only to say that Slade has more fun surprising people with his new found attitude, knowing just how shocked everyone will be, than any Scrooge movie I've seen. It makes a fun difference. And his surprise for "Tiny Tim", very well done.

One annoying distraction, the "Ghost of Christmas Future" is portrayed by a black man wearing gold chains, dressed in 1979 fashions and listens to disco music. Their "Ghost of the Future" jumped a little too far ahead, and is comical by todays standards.

But this is a great version, and if you are bored to death with endless variations of "A Christmas Carol" where you know the story blindfolded, then I highly recommend you give this one a chance. You'll like it as long as you don't try and compare it to A.C.C., looking for places where they changed the story.

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