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