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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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 film was made at Shepperton Studios, where another musical adaption of a Dickens novel, Oliver! (1968), had been made 2 years earlier and reused many of the sets from that film which were still being held in storage. Both films were photographed by Oscar-winning cinematographer, Oswald Morris BSC. See more »

Goofs

When Scrooge first arrives home on Christmas Eve, he lights his gas fireplace and sets his soup on to warm - then ten seconds later he pours out a bowl full and finds it hot enough. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: [singing] I will start anew / I will make amends / and I will make quite certain / that the story ends / on a note of hope / on a strong amen / and I'll thank the world / and remember when / I was able to begin again!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Sanford and Son: Ebenezer Sanford (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Thank You Very Much
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Anton Rodgers, Albert Finney and Chorus
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Greatest Christmas Movie Ever
22 November 2003 | by smit815See all my reviews

I disagree with all of the critics. I always felt that this was the best Christmas movie ever made. Albert Finney is an incredible actor and he brings the character of Scrooge to life more than any other actor has. I personally never liked the Alistir Sims portrayal. Like some of the other comments, my family has a yearly tradition of saving this Christmas movie for the last one of the season to really get us in the Christmas spirit.


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