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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | TV Movie 16 December 1979
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In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benedict Slade
... Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ... Mr. Nathaniel Brewster
... Thatcher
... Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
... Jessup
... Helen Brewster
... Orphan (as William Bermender)
... Matt Reeves
... Sarah Thatcher
Brett Matthew Davidson ... Orphan
... Tim
Chris Cragg ... Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas ... Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan ... Jennie Reeves
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Storyline

In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Charles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated
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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the lights go out in the warehouse, Slade switches the circuit breaker several times and leaves in the off position. When power is restored later, the lights come back on even with the switch in the off position. See more »

Quotes

Benedict Slade: [seeing an overgrown gravesite] Wait, wait. There is something about this place. Something draws me right to it. The monument looks fairly new, and yet, neglected.
Ghost of Christmas Future: No one visits that grave.
Benedict Slade: Not ever?
Ghost of Christmas Future: Not ever.
Benedict Slade: To lie in a grave, un-loved and un-remembered, is as if the life was never lived.
Ghost of Christmas Future: That is the only... real death.
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Connections

Remake of Scrooge (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
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My favorite Christmas Carol movie.
23 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have loved this movie for a long time. Unfortunately, where I live my searches of TV schedules over the years have turned up nothing. It is very nice that I can finally give this movie the praise it deserves. It was a grand experience discovering that Henry Winkler was an actor of this range. I also was impressed that he and the studio chose a different presentation of this timeless story. To conclude, I thank this venue for allowing me to sing the praise of this movie so many years later, while I again search for replays of it on TV.


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