A Christmas Carol (1984)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  17 December 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Pleasence ...
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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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In this film adaptation, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come responds in the form of an eerie metallic noise sounding similar to a cemetery's gate when Scrooge speaks to the spirit. See more »


When Tiny Tim comes to meet his father, Bob Cratchit at 7:00pm on Christmas Eve at his place of work, it is still light outside, when it should be dark. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: [looking at the Cratchit's feast] It's such a small goose.
Ghost of Christmas Present: [leaning in Scrooge's face] It's all Bob Cratchit can afford.
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A Christmas Classic
15 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is simply one of the finest renditions of Dicken's classic tale. The script very accurately follows the story originally penned by Dickens, and captures a perfect balance between a film atmosphere and a play atmosphere. Viewers fond of either format will find enough of the story rooted in their presentation style of choice.

George C. Scott brings a delightfully realistic approach to the character of Scrooge, and is very convincing in the character development instigated by the visits of the ghosts. I found that he was able to win me over to the point where I sympathized with the old miser, something rarely done in other versions. The superb job done by the supporting actors add greatly to this production, which is simply the most enjoyable of all the Christmas Carol versions I have seen.

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