Up 673 this week

A Christmas Carol (1984)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  17 December 1984 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 7,136 users  
Reviews: 142 user | 16 critic

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.



(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 20 Dec 2010
a list of 45 titles
created 30 Aug 2013
a list of 27 titles
created 05 Dec 2013
a list of 33 titles
created 07 Dec 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1984)

A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1984) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Christmas Carol.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart
Scrooge (1935)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Edwards
Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran
Scrooge (1970)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
A Christmas Carol (TV Short 1971)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams
Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern
A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV Movie 1965)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer
Family | Fantasy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson
Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer
Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Paul Soles
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson
Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne


Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Pleasence ...
Michael Carter ...
Anthony Walters ...
Fred Holywell / Narrator
Caroline Langrishe ...
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Silas Scrooge
Timothy Bateson ...


Made for television version of the Charles Dickens classic of the same name. Ebenezer Scrooge is a hard-nosed, single-minded businessman in Victorian London. He has disowned his only living relative - his nephew Fred - and generally treats everyone he meets with extreme contempt. He hates Christmas, only cares about making money and only gives his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off. However, he is taught the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by three ghosts who show him his own past and present. He is also shown what the future holds for him if he doesn't change his behavior. Written by Jason Ihle <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A new powerful presentation of the most loved ghost story of all time! See more »


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

17 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens Weihnachtsgeschichte  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Even though this movie was made for TV, it was released theatrically in the UK on November 1984. See more »


Near the beginning of the movie, some children are sliding on some "ice" which ripples under their feet - it's actually some sort of plastic sheeting. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: ...Where are we now?
Ghost of Christmas Present: The name would mean nothing to you. It's a place, like too many in this world.
Meg: ...Mary, Peter, they're cooked.
[to Ben]
Meg: Do we have enough wood for the night?
Peter (their son): They're too hot to eat yet, mother.
Meg: They'll be cooler soon enough.
Mary (their daughter): How did you get these, father?
Ben: [defensive] I didn't steal them, if that's what you're saying!
Meg: She never SAID you stole them, Ben! Don't berate the girl.
See more »


Version of Christmas Carol (1984) See more »


Here We Come A-Caroling
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the best television movies ever
25 April 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

"Telefilms" tend to fall under the pitfalls of a low budget and a hasty shooting schedule, which is why this film always tends to buck the trend.

George C. Scott embodies Ebenezer Scrooge perfectly, fully encompassing all of his cold tendencies, and still makes him a simpathetic character. The production value for this film was exceptional, never relying on boffo special effects or soundstage set-ups, yet relying on the depth and clarity of on-site shooting and strong backdrops. A movie that certainly stands alone.

31 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Which is your favorite Christmas Carol? Cherrybelly
Edward Woodward MrDeltoid77
How much did Scrooge donate? criseriksen
Does this version look ageless to you? mountainjam819
Just how stupid IS Scrooge? rpniew
Socialist Propaganda alighthall2000
Discuss A Christmas Carol (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: