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The Ghosts of Dickens' Past (1998)

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

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Charles Dickens (as Christopher Heyerdhal)
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Ralph Allison ...
Publisher
Jennifer Bertram ...
Muffin
James Bradford ...
Sweat Shop Owner
Michelle Brunet ...
Dickens' daughter
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Cabby
Jason Cavalier ...
Thug
Chelsea Cavanagh ...
Dickens' daughter
François Desrochers ...
Young Dickens (as Francois Desroches)
Camille Dolphin ...
Muffin's lookalike
Charles V. Doucet ...
Gentleman (as Charles Doucet)
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Sweatshop Foreman
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William Burdette-Coutts
Sharon George ...
Woman
Jane Gilchrist ...
Landlady
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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 <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Biography | Drama

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G
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Excellent
14 September 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I came across this movie quite by accident and I'm sure glad I did! Being a student of Dickens and Victorian England in general, this film has to be one of the most accurate portrayals of 1840's London that I have seen. It's as if someone took a camera and found a portal into the past! One would never know that it was filmed in Canada! The storyline itself is rather entertaining, although only having partial truth. Since it's not truly a Christmas film per se, it's an excellent movie to watch in late October or early November, when it's too early to pull out your Holiday movies. It's a very enjoyable family flick that not only entertains, but has the Christian values that seem to be missing in so many of today's films without being overly preachy. Highly recommended: 5 out of 5 stars.


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