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A Christmas Carol (1984)

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

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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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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

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Charles Dickens Weihnachtsgeschichte  »

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More than 450 people from the town, Shrewsbury, were used as extras during the filming. See more »

Goofs

Fred's wife, Janet, is wearing her hair in a style called "a la Frankie," created in Paris during the 1780s to resemble the beaver skin cap worn by Benjamin Franklin. This would have gone out of style by the 1830s, when the story is set, and would not likely have been seen in Enland much at all. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Poole: Mr. Scrooge, I presume?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Indeed you do, sir.
Mr. Poole: You don't know us?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Nor do I wish to.
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My favourite version of a classic tale
25 December 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I know many people have a special fondness for the Alistair Sim version of Dickens' story, but for me, this 1984 version is the one to beat. My wife and I own a copy of this film on VHS, and we watch it together every Christmas Eve. I often remark that we could watch it on Halloween too, because it's a very creepy ghost story.

Scott--typecast as Scrooge--is shudderingly mean and nasty, making his transformation all the more miraculous and moving. I think it's up there with his performance in Patton. The spirits are all effective, each one creepier than the last. Watching the dark, floating, skeletal form of the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come sends shivers down my spine every year. And what a supporting cast! David Warner, in particular, is in top form as Bob Cratchit, as is Susannah York as his wife.

I seem to recall that this version sticks closer to the original story than most others--but I may be mistaken, as it's been several years since I read it. Regardless, this is a terrific Christmas classic.


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