A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1984) Poster

(1984 TV Movie)


Scrooge's grave can still be visited at St Chad's Church graveyard, Shrewsbury, where the churchyard sequence was shot - the production team left the gravestone in place once filming was completed.
This is, perhaps, the only version of ACC in which Scrooge wears dress-slacks, a dress-shirt and a vest (with an Alistair Cooke-type smoking jacket)...instead of merely his nightgown, slippers and cap. (Rumor has it that George C. Scott openly reeled at the very thought of portraying Scrooge under such conditions...especially in mid-winter England.) In the book Scrooge is wearing his shirt, pants, vest, a dressing gown and slippers. Scott's clothing is very close to the book.
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.
The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in a scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them.
David Warner (Bob Cratchit) and Susannah York (Mrs. Cratchit) also played another married couple, though not in the same production. Warner played Superman's biological Kryptonian father Jor-El in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) whereas York played his wife Lara Lor-Van in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980).
Charles Dickens took the name Scrooge from an archaic English verb meaning "to squeeze."
Susannah York and George C. Scott starred together as lovers in Jane Eyre (1970). In this production, York is Mrs. Crachit and can't stand Scott as Scrooge.
Even though this movie was made for TV, it was released theatrically in Great Britain on November 1984.
Even though this movie was released in 1984 it was not released to VHS until 1995 and to DVD in 1999. The Blu-ray release came out in December 2010.
More than 450 people from the town, Shrewsbury, were used as extras during the filming.
Last film for Derek Francis, who died eight months before it was telecast.
Liz Smith, who made a great career of playing Charles Dickens characters, played Mrs. Dilber again in A Christmas Carol (1999) starring Patrick Stewart, and then played the character "Joyce" in a "modernised" version of A Christmas Carol (2000).
In this version, the Ghost of Christmas Present never actually says "I am the Ghost of Christmas Present".
Director Clive Donner was the film editor on A Christmas Carol (1951).
Pat Keen, Rebecca Saire, Basil Henson and Richard Huw were interviewed for parts.
When Scrooge comments on the existence of prisons and work houses he says "I was afraid from what you said something had stopped them in full force" which does not make any sense except that it rhymes with the actual line from the book which is: "... stopped them in their useful course".

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