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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)

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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 ... Nephew Fred
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What the DICKENS have they done to Scrooge? See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Скрудж See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Company Credits

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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original Dickens story, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Scrooge on three consecutive evenings. However, this movie has all three ghosts visit in one evening. This disparity is hinted at when Scrooge awakens after the sequence with the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and asks the young boy what day it is. If the ghostly visits were all in one Christmas Eve evening, it would not perhaps have come as such a surprise to Scrooge it being Christmas morning. See more »

Goofs

Just before The Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge fly through the window, you can see the wires that are connected to Albert Finney. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: I think Bob Cratchit's really rather fond of me.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, ho ho ho, and so's his wife! Couldn't you tell?
Ebenezer Scrooge: She doesn't really know me.
Ghost of Christmas Present: That is one of the few things wherein fate has blessed her.
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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 The Passions of Carol (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
(uncredited)
Traditional nursery rhyme
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User Reviews

 
A christmas classic, and one of Finney's finest hours...
6 November 2003 | by alfieelkinsSee all my reviews

This film is an underrated classic family musical. In the spirit and tradition of Oliver! and My Fair Lady, with an energetic memorable score and an eclectic cast all on top form. Sir Alec Guinness, Dame Edith Evans and the wonderful Kenneth Moore support magnificently. Moore in one of the last roles before his untimely death, clearly enjoying hamming it up as the ghost of Christmas present carrying the miserable scrooge along for the ride of his life whilst singing `I like life!' is a joy to see.

But Finney's performance is the standout. At a time when he was making films like Charlie Bubbles and Gumshoe, and with a reputation of being one of Britain's foremost angry young men this role was as unexpected as it was wonderful.

As a side note I was lucky enough to be able to see Anthony Newley as the miser in Bricusse's early nineties theatrical revival, and although good was no where near as cutting or humorous as Finney.

A must see at Christmas time, you too will be singing `I like life' and `thank you very much' for days afterwards!


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