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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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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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17 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Charles Dickens Weihnachtsgeschichte  »

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Trivia

Charles Dickens gave the first ever public reading of 'A Christmas Carol' in the town hall in Shrewsbury, the town in which this movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: Fan pleaded for more time, but Father was a very... stern man.
[Gives a grim smile]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Ah, Fan...
Ghost of Christmas Past: She died a young woman
Ebenezer Scrooge: She had such a generous nature; Yes, too young.
Ghost of Christmas Past: Old enough to bear a child.
Ebenezer Scrooge: One son.
Ghost of Christmas Past: Fred, your nephew.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Fred Holywell, yes.
Ghost of Christmas Past: Who bears a strong resemblance to your sister.
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Connections

Version of Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
Lyrics by 'Tony Bicat'
Music by Nick Bicât
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This is one of the best versions out there!
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and possibly closest to the Dickens story line. Although I find the young Ebenezer hard to watch (who's idea was that period hair, surely they could have done better than that!), Scott does an incredible job as Scrooge. His delivery of some of the lines from Dickens finally brought it to life for me. Edward Woodward is everything we expect and more of the Ghost of Christmas present. I find G.C. Scott's Scrooge much more of a believable miser than the more current version done by Patrick Stewart. The scene Christmas Morning when Scrooge realizes he hasn't 'missed it', is enough to convince one that Scott knows how to act versus overact. He's phenomenal here. Nearly the entire cast is incredible. The Tiny Tim in this version of The Christmas Carol is a little tough to look at, almost too sweet. Still the music and the scenery make this a must watch every holiday. Enjoy!


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