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A Christmas Carol (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Fantasy  -  5 December 1999 (USA)
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An adaptation of the famous novel.

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Scrooge is a miserly old businessman in 1840's London. One Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? Written by Mike Konczewski

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In Just One Night, He Has Seen His Past, His Present, And His Future... And They've All Come Back To Haunt Him.

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A Christmas Carol - Die Nacht vor Weihnachten  »

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Liz Smith played Mrs. Dilber in both the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol (1984) starring George C. Scott, and the 1999 version of A Christmas Carol (1999) starring Patrick Stewart. See more »

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At the end of Scrooge's visit to the Cratchit's during Christmas Present, Tiny Tim starts singing "Silent Night" which is then taken up by others in various scenes. Originally a German-language hymn written in Austria, it was not translated into English until 1863, a full 20 years after Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol". See more »

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[first lines]
Clergyman: A man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower.
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Leaves One a Little Dispirited
8 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to express a bit of disappointment in the new Patrick Stewart version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." While the story holds up fairly well, I got the feeling Stewart (who is one of my favorite personalities and actors) was trying too hard to come up with a different kind of Scrooge--one that would put his signature on the role. In the process, he looks very uncomfortable. His words seem strained and his interaction with the other characters, unnatural.

For one thing, he is so fit, so athletic looking. I don't necessarily need a doddering old Scrooge, but he should have some vulnerability to him. His emotions are too controlled--he exposes no melancholy--he doesn't have the sad, pleading eyes of Alastair Sim. I guess I never really felt sympathy for him, especially in the scenes where he sees his sister and his one time love. Somehow the Cratchett family also suffers a lack of depth. Tiny Tim's death doesn't have the usual impact. The scenes after Scrooge's death are much less horrifying than in other movies. I generally choke up at the scene where Scrooge shows up at his nephew's house and ask for forgiveness. I didn't this time. All in all, if you have a choice, go with Sim or George C. Scott. The movie is nice to look at but needs more soul. Even a bit of nastiness would have helped.


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