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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.


Clive Donner


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




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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Rediscover the Joy of Christmas Spirit! See more »


Drama | Family | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


Pat Keen, Rebecca Saire, Basil Henson and Richard Huw were interviewed for roles. See more »


Near the start when Scrooge goes home, he lifts a bowl of food from the fireplace and acts as if the bowl was hot but the fire looks like it had gone out ages ago or was never lit. See more »


[repeated line]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Humbug!
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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 »


Version of A Christmas Carol (1997) See more »


Sussex Carol
Written by Luke Wadding
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User Reviews

Classic, a Christmas Jem of a must see for the season
18 December 2015 | by barrwattsSee all my reviews

Exceptional acting. George C. Scott's center stage personality wasn't overcoming nor weak. Rarely does a TV movie get so many points of movie artistry correct. Some camera movements were wobbly, however they were not objectionable. Family safe, some of the graveside scenes are a little dark, but not in visual or any language, just in a screeching sound with the last sprit. This story flows with the excellent editing and support actors. It is on my 5 movie list for the Christmas season. I have not seen this movie in the blue ray section, would consider the superior picture versus a typical DVD. Somehow I couldn't place the actress playing Mrs. Cratchet, her voice was familiar, Susannah York. Read in the IMDb she died of cancer, a real loss.

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Release Date:

17 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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