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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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Charles Dickens (as Christopher Heyerdhal)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Allison ...
Publisher
Jennifer Bertram ...
Muffin
James Bradford ...
Sweat Shop Owner
Michelle Brunet ...
Dickens' daughter
Tony Calabretta ...
Cabby
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Thug
Chelsea Cavanagh ...
Dickens' daughter
François Desrochers ...
Young Dickens (as Francois Desroches)
Camille Dolphin ...
Muffin's lookalike
Charles Doucet ...
Gentleman
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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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rises above its own cliché to achieve beautiful art
6 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good ghost story with only about one second of special effects. The film earned a cinematography prize and it really shows. I was rolling my eyes a few times, doubting whether it was accurate. By the end, it seems this quirky fictional approach may add more to the body of Dickens memorabilia than another non-fiction telling. Some parts of the film earn about a 6 but over all, the parts add up to more than their sum. The music is really, really nice. The settings, costumes, and characters felt pretty authentic... except for being too clean everywhere. It's even authentic that the film doesn't quite satisfy in the end --- the main storyline just says what it came to say, in an eerie way, and then disappears without much conceited style. It leaves a few questions unanswered. We are almost disappointed in the author Dickens... because, after all, he was merely a human being... but he was having a supernatural experience. I just picked this film up at a thrift store or I'd never have seen it. All three of us liked it.


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