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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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Runtime:

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 a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a "humbug", he is claiming that people only pretend to be charitable and kind in a 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 (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Traditional
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Best animated version of a Dickens classic Xmas tale
17 February 2003 | by berjohn12See all my reviews

This is the best animated version of the hoary old Dickens tale ever brought to the screen. This is no assembly-line cartoon; this is a Victorian lithograph brought to life. Splendid artwork, dizzying camera angles, magnificent and painstaking animation at its best. There are master craftsmen at work here; no shortcuts or sloppy work. The only criticism I could make of it is that it's too short. I sure wish that Santa had given them an unlimited budget to work with. Probably not suitable for younger children, as some of the images are a little terrifying (the children under the robe of the second spirit send chills up my spine every time I see it). I first saw it on PBS back in 1972, I think, and it has haunted me ever since. I was fortunate enough to find a copy on eBay, and it was as good as I had remembered from 30 years back. It's a rotten shame that it's been neglected by the networks ("A Christmas Story" and "Miracle on 34th Street" are great films, but they flog them to death every Christmas). If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, do yourself a favor and beg, borrow or steal a copy of this film.


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