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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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Rediscover the Joy of Christmas Spirit! See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

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

Fred's wife, Janet, is wearing her hair in a style called "a la Frankie," created in Paris during the 1780s to resemble the beaver skin cap worn by Benjamin Franklin. This would have gone out of style by the 1830s, when the story is set, and would not likely have been seen in Enland much at all. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: Where are we now? I'm sure I don't know this place.
Ghost of Christmas Present: The name would mean nothing to you. It's a place, like many in this world.
Meg: Do we have enough wood for the night?
Ben: Ah, it'll last through the night. At least there's one thing still free in this country.
Meg: [Checking the food the children are cooking over the fire] Mary, Peter they're cooked.
Peter (their son): They're too hot.
Meg: They'll be cold soon enough.
Mary (their daughter): Where did you get these father?
Ben: I didn't steal them, if that's what you say.
Meg: She didn't say you stole them.
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Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
Lyrics by Tony Bicât
Music by Nick Bicât
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The Best of all the Christmas Carol movies
23 December 2006 | by johnrworldwideSee all my reviews

Far richer in texture and character than even the classics from the 30's and 50's. George C. Scott was born to be Scrooge, just as he was born to be Patton. Mr. Scott will be known as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. The character of Scrooge as played by Mr. Scott seemed to jump off the screen. Scott as Scrooge brought an richer, more robust, yet a more deeply moving Scrooge to the screen than any of his predecessors in the role of the meanest man in 18th century London. Mr. Scott seemed to bring Scrooge to a more personal, understandable yet highly conflicted level; his role was acted with the great authority Scott always bring to the screen: yet his usual bellicose voice would sometimes be brought to a whisper, almost as a soliloquy, as he would berate the Christmas holiday in one breath, yet reveal his own human frailty in his next line. He could portray the sour and crusty Scrooge, and a misunderstood, sympathetic Scrooge all in the same scene.

Truly a remarkable performance by a giant of his generation.


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