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The Ghosts of Dickens' Past (1998)

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The early life of Charles Dickens and the events that led to his inspiration to write his greatest story.



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Credited cast:
Charles Dickens (as Christopher Heyerdhal)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Allison ...
Jennifer Bertram ...
James Bradford ...
Sweat Shop Owner
Michelle Brunet ...
Dickens' daughter
Chelsea Cavanagh ...
Dickens' daughter
François Desrochers ...
Young Dickens (as Francois Desroches)
Camille Dolphin ...
Muffin's lookalike
Charles Doucet ...
Sweatshop Foreman
William Burdette-Coutts
Sharon George ...
Jane Gilchrist ...


In the 19th century, young Charles Dickens is a promising young writer who is obsessed with material success in his career. His misguided priorities are soon challenged when he encounters a mysterious little girl. That girl takes Dickens on a strange and moving journey in which he is shown the future he could have if he doesn't change his ways and, more importantly, he is shown a better purpose for his writing as a way of speaking for the oppressed who need his help. It is these events and lessons that would inspire Dickens to write an extraordinary Christmas tale that would become his greatest work, A Christmas Carol. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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As entertaining as "A Christmas Carol" itself.
9 November 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully developed main character, colorfully rustic costumes & scenery, and seemingly authentic storyline, makes "The Ghost of Dickens' Past" as entertaining as Dickens' own "Christmas Carol". It is the perfect family movie for the Thanksgiving season with themes of charity, hope, imagination, inspiration, and history. You will be reminded of Dickens' timeless genius, and it will leave you in a childlike, wondering state-of-mind, curious to know if that's what really happened to the future legendary Charles Dickens.

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