A Christmas Carol
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for A Christmas Carol can be found here.

Rich London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (voice of Jim Carrey), known for his miserliness, particularly hates Christmas, considering it 'humbug' and those who celebrate it as 'fools'. On Christmas eve, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns Scrooge that, if he does not change his greedy ways, he will end up like Marley...wearing the chains he has accumulated during his life. Thereafter, Scrooge is visited by three more spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the shrouded Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Each of them show Scrooge a segment of his life and introduce him to the spirit of Christmas as displayed by his nephew Fred (voice of Colin Firth) and the family of his clerk Bob Cratchit and Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim (both voices of Gary Oldman).

A Christmas Carol is based on an 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (more commonly known by the shorter title) by English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

Apart from a couple of instances, the dialogue of the film follows the story very closely. Most of the characters' dialogue is lifted from the text and the look of the Ghosts is influenced heavily by the original descriptions and illustrations. However, it is an animated movie and so the characters are played in a much more tongue-in-cheek fashion.

It is a large cap in the shape of a candle extinguisher, which were common in Victorian times (before domestic electricity) as a way of putting out candles without risking the blowing of hot wax.

No, the man was sniffing "snuff", a mixture of tobacco and spices that is used to clear the nasal passages by inducing sneezing, and which was commonly used during the time period of the story.

How does the movie end?

Scrooge wakes up the next morning ecstatic to find that he is still alive and that it is Christmas Day. He hails a young lad in the street and asks him to buy the prize turkey hanging in the window of the poulterist, whom he then pays to deliver the turkey anonymously to the Cratchits. He dresses and hurries over to Fred's house for dinner, along the way wishing a merry Christmas to everyone he meets and stopping to make a generous donation to the poor. Fred and his wife are happy to receive him, and Scrooge insists that next Christmas' dinner will be at his house. The next morning when Cratchit comes into the office 16 minutes late, Scrooge pretends to be annoyed and calls him on his tardiness, then says that he's going to raise his salary and help out his family. He sends Cratchit out to buy another scuttle of coal for the office fire. From thereon, Cratchit narrates, saying, 'And Scrooge was better than his word. He did all that he said he would and more. And to our Tiny Tim, who got well, Scrooge was like a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city ever knew. And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well. And so, as Tiny Tim observed... The final scene shows Scrooge walking up the street, carrying Tiny Tim on his shoulder, who completes his father's narration by saying, 'God bless us every one.'

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