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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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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 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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UK | USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

17 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens Weihnachtsgeschichte See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Dilber (Scrooge's laundress) is the only opportunist who speaks to Old Joe in this production. The charwoman and undertaker are absent. 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

Tipton: Ah, Ebenezer! We were afraid you weren't coming.
Forbush: It's almost closing, sir.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Well, I'm here, aren't I?
Pemberton: I said you'd be here. Didn't I say Ebenezer Scrooge would be here? I knew you'd change your mind.
Ebenezer Scrooge: You're right, I have changed my mind.
Tipton: Oh, good. Then you'll take our bid?
Ebenezer Scrooge: The price has gone up.
Forbush: [stunned] Gone up? But that's not possible!
Ebenezer Scrooge: You want my corn, gentlemen, you must meet my quote. Plus five-percent for the delay.
Pemberton: That's outrageous, Scrooge! You'll be left with a warehouse stuffed with ...
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Version of Non è mai troppo tardi (1953) See more »

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Sussex Carol
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Written by Luke Wadding
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A Christmas Classic
15 December 2004 | by JRMcNelisSee all my reviews

This is simply one of the finest renditions of Dicken's classic tale. The script very accurately follows the story originally penned by Dickens, and captures a perfect balance between a film atmosphere and a play atmosphere. Viewers fond of either format will find enough of the story rooted in their presentation style of choice.

George C. Scott brings a delightfully realistic approach to the character of Scrooge, and is very convincing in the character development instigated by the visits of the ghosts. I found that he was able to win me over to the point where I sympathized with the old miser, something rarely done in other versions. The superb job done by the supporting actors add greatly to this production, which is simply the most enjoyable of all the Christmas Carol versions I have seen.


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