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A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1984) Poster

(1984 TV Movie)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

All the brass players in the bands are playing piston-valve instruments, which only became available in 1890 or thereabouts.
The brass cornet and tuba in the beginning are 20th century inventions.
The spinet piano during Christmas Present was not available until the 1930's.

Continuity 

In the outdoor scene where Ebenezer and Belle break their engagement, they rise from the bench and walk a ways to their right. After Belle leaves, and Ebenezer is shown standing alone, he is back up the path on the other side of the bench.

Crew or equipment visible 

The Ghost of Christmas Future takes Scrooge to the cemetery near the end of the movie. At the beginning of this scene, when Scrooge asks why they are here, you can see a rope at the bottom of the screen that pulls the Ghost across the graveyard to simulate it floating across on air.

Errors in geography 

The dome of St Paul's Cathedral is visible just a few streets away from the Cratchits' house. Near the end of the film, however, Scrooge tells the poulterer to deliver a goose to the Cratchits' house in Camden Town (as named in the book) - over four miles away from St Paul's.

Revealing mistakes 

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.
The string holding up the Spirit of Christmas Past's snuffer is briefly visible when she removes her hand from above it in the first scene with Scrooge. The snuffer shakes and wobbles perceptibly (as the string is slightly moved) throughout the scene.
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.

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