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Scrooge (1970)

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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 »

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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
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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

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A Christmas Carol was always meant to be sung! See more »


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The only movie adaption where Marley's ghost is given extra screen-time. 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 and never being seen again. One can write that Marley can be considered to be an anti-villain in this movie, as it is implied that he shows little mercy to Scrooge when he is "chained" by several demons in Hell. It can also be argued that Marley is scaring Scrooge into repenting, to save him from the same fate. See more »

Goofs

While with the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge peeks into a home, wiping the frost and condensation off the window. Setting aside the question of whether an incorporeal spirit could do this, frost and condensation collect on the warm side of a window, not on the cold side, where Scrooge is. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: You'll be wanting the whole day off tomorrow, I suppose.
Bob Cratchit: If it's convenient, sir.
Ebenezer Scrooge: No, sir. It is not convenient. And it is not fair. Yet if I stopped your wages for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, no doubt. And yet you don't think me ill-used when I pay a day's wages for no work.
Bob Cratchit: Well... it is Christmas Day, Mr. Scrooge. And it is only once a year, sir.
Ebenezer Scrooge: A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December. I don't pay good money for you to be wherever on holiday.
Bob Cratchit: I appreciate your ...
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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 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Begin Again
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Albert Finney
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Worth Seeing
28 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA

In this Charles Dickens classic filled with pathos, hope and redemption, a cold old miser named Scrooge (Albert Finney) is forced by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future to take a good, long look at his life. What will he become after he faces what hurts most and why does he despise everything that makes people happy? Sir Alec Guinness plays Marley; Robert Neame directs this acclaimed 1972 musical.

This film however seems to run at a brisk pace. The short coming in the film (Too many songs) are made up for by the cast. Albert Finney is always enjoyable.

The 1st Class Production also co-stars Alec Guinness. Directed by Ronald Neame who would later direct "The Poseidon Adventure".

This film is one versions of "A Christmas Carol".


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,698,009
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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