7.4/10
75
6 user 3 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
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
...
Cabby
...
Thug
Chelsea Cavanagh ...
Dickens' daughter
François Desrochers ...
Young Dickens (as Francois Desroches)
Camille Dolphin ...
Muffin's lookalike
Charles V. Doucet ...
Gentleman (as Charles Doucet)
...
Sweatshop Foreman
...
William Burdette-Coutts
Sharon George ...
Woman
Jane Gilchrist ...
Landlady
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

G
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Dickens szelleme  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful Holiday Fare
21 November 1998 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

The Ghosts of Dickens' Past is a wonderful retelling of the story behind how Charles Dickens became inspired to write the greatest book of his career, "A Christmas Carol". The costumes are splendidly done and the director takes great care to make sure everything is set up according to the time period. Having almost a Twilight Zone effect in how the story unfolds, this movie in its uncanny ability to strike a chord in the viewer makes it THE movie to watch this holiday season.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Ghosts of Dickens' Past (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?