7.5/10
8,812
181 user 39 critic

Scrooge (1970)

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Charles Dickens (based on "A Christmas Carol" by), Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Edith Evans ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Kenneth More ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Fezziwig
Michael Medwin ... Harry, Scrooge's Nephew
David Collings ... Bob Cratchit
Anton Rodgers ... Tom Jenkins
Suzanne Neve ... Isabel Fezziwig
Frances Cuka ... Ethel Cratchit
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... 1st Gentleman of Charity
Gordon Jackson ... Tom - Friend of Harry's
Roy Kinnear ... 2nd Gentleman of Charity
Mary Peach ... Fred's Wife
Paddy Stone ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Fezziwig
Edit

Storyline

In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, loathes people, and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population, runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed, the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob's family, and how joyful life may be and the spirit of Christmas Yet To Come shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good, and time is too short, and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew, and people in general. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Christmas musical based squarely on Charles Dickens' immortal holiday classic See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only movie adaption where Marley's ghost is given extra screentime. In the book, and other movie versions, Marley's ghost haunts Scrooge to warn him he will be haunted by three spirits before vanishing in the night sky, never to be seen again. Marley can be considered to be a anti-villain in this movie, as it is implied he shows little mercy to Scrooge when he is "chained" by several demons in Hell. But it could be argued Marley is scaring Scrooge into repenting, to save him from the same fate. See more »

Goofs

After Scrooge repents he wears a modern day Father Christmas suit. The famous red and white Father Christmas suit did not exist in it's current form until about the 1900s. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: [watching Fezziwig's Christmas party] What a marvelous man...
Ghost of Christmas Past: What's so marvelous? He's merely spent a few pounds of your mortal money. Three or four, perhaps. What is that to be deserving of so much praise?
Ebenezer Scrooge: You don't understand. He had the power to make us happy or unhappy, to make our work a pleasure or a burden. It's nothing to do with money!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The phrase "Merry Christmas" appears at the end of the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on network television deletes all of the scarier scenes in the film, including the ghosts Scrooge and Marley are passing during his first visit from Marley, the revelation of the Spirit of the future's face, and the entire hell segment. All of these scenes are restored in the version shown on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

A Christmas Carol
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Choir
See more »

User Reviews

 
Christmas past
27 November 2010 | by mole1961See all my reviews

an early VHS recording of this film played a significant part in my family Christmas celebrations some twenty years ago. perhaps it is this that allows me to forgive the films overly sentimental and stagy approach to this oft told tale . some have called this "olivers " poor relation coming as it did in the wake of that unrivaled masterpiece and yes it does seem at times as if we may have heard a melody or ditty before (" consider yourself /thankyou very much- need i say more ")finney and co tread hallowed ground but do so with aplomb. kelsey grammers recent musical outing doesn't come close and the visual trickery of Disney's version makes it equal too but never better than this rendition .what mr dickens would have thought is of course quite another matter.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 181 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Scrooge See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,698,009
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (colour) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed