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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

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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

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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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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

During the singing of "Christmas Children" a lady shopper is seen loading up a basket filled with grapes and a pineapple. Considering the time that the story takes place (circa 1843), fresh fruit like this would have been impossible to acquire in December. 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!
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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: The Musical (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Saw Three Ships Come sailing In
(uncredited)
Traditional Christmas carol
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User Reviews

 
The classic Christmas film
3 December 1998 | by Athene19See all my reviews

Scrooge is one of those films where you can sit down and let it wash all over you. Finney is the perfect Scrooge: despicable, mean, sarcastic and a lot better than others who have portrayed the miserly character. Scrooge's love and loss of Isabelle is touching as is Tiny Tim's song about his dream of Christmas. The depth of feeling, character and love combines into this absolutely wonderful musical which, while showing the horrific differences between the two classes of society, shows how they can be combined with a little Christmas cheer. By the end of the film, you might just find that there is a little more to Christmas than you thought. I dare you to watch it and sing along to all those catchy numbers!


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