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In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Lucci ... Elizabeth 'Ebbie' Scrooge
Wendy Crewson ... Roberta 'Robbie' Cratchet
Ron Lea ... Paul
Molly Parker ... Francine 'Frannie' (mother and daughter)
Lorena Gale ... Rita / Ghost of Christmas Present
Jennifer Clement ... Ghost of Christmas Past #1
Nicole Parker ... Ghost of Christmas Past #2
Susan Hogan ... Mrs. Dobson
Kevin McNulty ... Mr. Dobson
Taran Noah Smith ... Tim 'Timmy' Cratchet
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Jake Marley
Adrienne Carter Adrienne Carter ... Little Ebbie
Bill Croft ... Luther / Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come
Elan Ross Gibson Elan Ross Gibson ... Homeless Woman
Laura Harris ... Martha Cratchet


In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.

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She knew the price of everything and the value of nothing.


Drama | Fantasy




Canada | USA



Release Date:

4 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buon Natale, Ebbie See more »

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Production Co:

Crescent Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jake is several years older than Ebbie in the film, but in real life, Jeffrey DeMunn, who was born in 1947, is fortunately one year younger than Susan Lucci, who was born in 1946. See more »


As the elevator door closes after Jake and Ebbie step in, Jake put his arms down to his side. In the next shot in the elevator after the door closes, he has them stretched out again. See more »


Ebbie: [she's been shown Paul and his wife] She's lovely, Paul. Oh, such a fool... it could have been me with him.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Well, who's to say? Maybe it wouldn't have been the best thing, you know? I got to admit... he's a pretty darn nice guy. Time's up... gotta go.
[She prepares to take them away]
Ebbie: [stops Christmas Present] Paul... I want to be happy... I just don't know how to be happy.
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Version of A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) See more »

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A New Twist On An Old Tale

I've seen many versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and can find something good about each of them. My least favorite version (of those I've watched) is SCROOGED, because I find it too hyperkinetic and not all together. Even that one has redeeming qualities. EBBIE is something new and different. Not only is Dicken's timely-for-all-times tale brought into contemporary times, but SCROOGE is a woman--and played by one of my favorite soap opera characters, Susan Lucci. All of the technical aspects (e.g. the way Jake Marley communicates with God by cell-phone when dealing with getting Ebbie in the right spirit; the way that the familiar death scene [once portrayed by a neglected tombstone with Scrooge's name on it] is portrayed by the flat-line signal sound of a heart monitor in a lonely hospital room) sends out the clear message that this fine old Christmas tale hits home these days just as it did in the mid 1800's.

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