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A Christmas Carol (1984)

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Roger O. Hirson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Frank Finlay ... Jacob Marley
Angela Pleasence ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Edward Woodward ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Michael Carter ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
David Warner ... Bob Cratchit
Susannah York ... Mrs. Cratchit
Anthony Walters ... Tiny Tim
Roger Rees ... Fred Holywell / Narrator
Caroline Langrishe ... Janet Holywell
Lucy Gutteridge ... Belle
Nigel Davenport ... Silas Scrooge
Mark Strickson ... Young Scrooge
Joanne Whalley ... Fan
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Fezziwig
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Storyline

Made for television version of the Charles Dickens classic of the same name. Ebenezer Scrooge is a hard-nosed, single-minded businessman in Victorian London. He has no friends, has disowned his only living relative - his nephew Fred Holywell - and generally treats everyone he meets with extreme contempt. He hates Christmas, only cares about making money and only gives his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off. However, he is taught the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by three ghosts who show him his own past and present. He is also shown what the future holds for him after his death if he doesn't change his behavior for the better. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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A new powerful presentation of the most loved ghost story of all time! See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Trivia

Shrewsbury's local resident Martin Wood performed as both a stand-in for Edward Woodward (Spirit of Christmas Present) and a body double for Michael Carter (Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come). See more »

Goofs

When Bob Cratchit finishes work on Christmas Eve and picks up Tiny Tim it is still light as the sky is blue. But England is in the north hemisphere meaning it should be dark at that time of year. It would only be light at night in summer not winter. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: [sitting under the bridge after the Ghost of Christmas Present leaves] What have I done... to be abandoned like this? What?
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Alternate Versions

The more recent DVD and Blu ray releases by 20th Century Fox edit out the fade to blacks where advert breaks originally would have been (which ironically had dramatically broken the film up into the five 'staves' as per the novel). This has made for some rather abrupt jump cuts in the visuals and music. See more »

Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge's Ghostly Tale (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
Lyrics by Tony Bicât
Music by Nick Bicât
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One of the best television movies ever
25 April 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

"Telefilms" tend to fall under the pitfalls of a low budget and a hasty shooting schedule, which is why this film always tends to buck the trend.

George C. Scott embodies Ebenezer Scrooge perfectly, fully encompassing all of his cold tendencies, and still makes him a simpathetic character. The production value for this film was exceptional, never relying on boffo special effects or soundstage set-ups, yet relying on the depth and clarity of on-site shooting and strong backdrops. A movie that certainly stands alone.


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Release Date:

17 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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