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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.

Director:

Eric Till

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Jerome Coopersmith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Winkler ... Benedict Slade
David Wayne ... Merrivale
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Mr. Nathaniel Brewster
R.H. Thomson ... Thatcher
Ken Pogue ... Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
Gerard Parkes ... Jessup
Susan Hogan ... Helen Brewster
Will Bermender ... Orphan (as William Bermender)
Dorian Harewood ... Matt Reeves
Tammy Bourne ... Sarah Thatcher
Brett Matthew Davidson Brett Matthew Davidson ... Orphan
Christopher Crabb Christopher Crabb ... Tim
Chris Cragg Chris Cragg ... Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan 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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Henry Winkler is Scrooge See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Christmas Carol See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the homes they go to repossess the furniture has a copy of A Christmas Carol on which this is based. See more »

Goofs

Helen announces that the war bond drive is just short of its $25,000 goal, but this amount was far too high. It would be the equivalent of raising $300,000 today. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brewster: When the day of quality ends in this country, we'll all be in great trouble indeed.
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Connections

Version of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
(uncredited)
Latin lyrics written by John Francis Wade, English lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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Henry Winkler Triumphs In An American Christmas Carol !
24 November 2013 | by MooviemikeSee all my reviews

I'm going to start of by saying that the "Fonz" from Happy Days is my all-time favorite TV character from my all-time favorite show. I'll also put out there that i got to meet Henry Winkler in person a few years back. That being said i remember fondly back in 1979 watching An American Christmas when it premiered on TV. Henry Winkler was at the height of his popularity then and i couldn't wait to see him in a new Christmas movie around the holiday season. Myself being all of 12 years old at the time i loved Henry Winkler in his "Scrooge" type role and the depression era setting. As others have stated the story has been changed slightly for an American setting and the ending a little differently done. But for me those are strong points that separate this version from other versions. That's why it's called "An American Christmas Carol" and not just "A Christmas Carol" because of it's American spin on things. For those looking it's been released on Blu Ray and DVD and you can probably find it online or locally for a pretty reasonable price. For fans or someone looking for something new they haven't seen give "An American Christmas Carol" a shot. This reviewer gives two thumbs up for "The Fonz" and if you don't agree you can "Sit On It" ! (Just some Happy Days humor for you.....Happy Holidays !)


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