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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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In this film's production, a ghostly hearse passes by Scrooge with Marley's voice calling him before he enters his dwelling. The inspiration comes from a single line in the original text used by Dickens where he references it to illustrate the width of the staircase. See more »

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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 »

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Ebenezer Scrooge: [when he views shrouded corpse while entering an abandoned bedroom with the Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come] Merciful Heaven. What is this? Spirit, this is a fearful place. I wish to leave it.
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Version of The Right to Be Happy (1916) See more »

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Here We Come A-Caroling
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The best rendition of the classic fable.
19 November 2000 | by (Salem, OR) – See all my reviews

The setting and actors make this television movie for me the best rendition of Dickens' classic tale. George C. Scott is very believable as is the rest of the cast. His Scrooge oozes with nastiness until the very end of the movie. Then his character changes to one who is truly repentant. The 19th Century English town chosen for the setting creates an ambiance that is fitting to Dickens and adds to the plausibility of this film. It is a movie I watch every Christmas along with the real Grinch and It's A Wonderful Life.


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