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A Christmas Carol (1971)

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Richard Williams

Writer:

Charles Dickens (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alastair Sim ... Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
Michael Redgrave ... Narrator (voice)
Michael Hordern ... Marley's Ghost (voice)
Diana Quick ... Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
Joan Sims ... Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Ragpicker / Fezziwig (voice)
David Tate David Tate ... Scrooge's Nephew / Charity Man (voice)
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)
Annie West Annie West ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (voice)
Melvyn Hayes ... Bob Cratchit (voice)
Mary Ellen Ray Mary Ellen Ray ... Mrs. Dilber (voice)
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Storyline

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »

Goofs

Marley's Ghost says the third spirit will come "when the last stroke of twelve has ceased to vibrate." However, he actually appears on the FIRST stroke of twelve. See more »

Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol (2000) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Wow, where can we find this one!
18 June 2006 | by greeneyedone-1See all my reviews

How can someone buy this film. My husband and I have been trying for two years but we can't find it. Is there a copy out there available, if so what is the price? It is not at all a cartoon but an excellent piece of Victorian art. The drawings evoke the sketches used in Dickens own time. There are moments that are intense, certainly frightening for young children.

The pacing causes one to feel as though Scooge has very little time left to mend his ways. The ghost of Christmas Present is much darker than in other versions. Ignorance and Want are included in a very effective and horrific manner. Marley's ghost is not to be missed.

This is anything but Mr Magoo or Mickey Mouse Dickens. Please post info as to where it can be found.


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