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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.

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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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Rediscover the Joy of Christmas Spirit! See more »

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Charles Dickens Weihnachtsgeschichte  »

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Many versions of A Christmas Carol depict Scrooge as beginning to understand his mistakes by the end of his time with the Ghost of Christmas Present. However, this is one of the few versions that makes a point of showing that Scrooge does not accept his mistakes until he spends a good amount of time with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. As an example, when he is deserted by the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge sits down and states, "What have I done......to be left alone like this." See more »

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All the brass players in the bands are playing piston-valve instruments, which only became available around 1890. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: [after Marley enters] What do you want with me?
Jacob Marley: Much.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Who are you?
Jacob Marley: Ask me who I was.
Ebenezer Scrooge: You're particular for a ghost. Who were you then.
Jacob Marley: In life I was your partner. Jacob Marley.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Can you sit down?
Jacob Marley: I can.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Well, do it then.
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Here We Come A-Caroling
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Traditional
Sung A Cappella by David Warner, Susannah York, Louise Gasser, Kieran Hughes, Sasha Wells, Nancy Dodds, Orlando Wells & Anthony Walters
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This is one of the best versions out there!
24 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

and possibly closest to the Dickens story line. Although I find the young Ebenezer hard to watch (who's idea was that period hair, surely they could have done better than that!), Scott does an incredible job as Scrooge. His delivery of some of the lines from Dickens finally brought it to life for me. Edward Woodward is everything we expect and more of the Ghost of Christmas present. I find G.C. Scott's Scrooge much more of a believable miser than the more current version done by Patrick Stewart. The scene Christmas Morning when Scrooge realizes he hasn't 'missed it', is enough to convince one that Scott knows how to act versus overact. He's phenomenal here. Nearly the entire cast is incredible. The Tiny Tim in this version of The Christmas Carol is a little tough to look at, almost too sweet. Still the music and the scenery make this a must watch every holiday. Enjoy!


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