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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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christmas | scrooge | ghost | death | sister | See All (9) »


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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Crescent Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ebbie's hair changes color from almost black to reddish brown from scene to scene. See more »


Ebbie: [Christmas Present is showing her her neice's party] These are all a lot of people I could never be comfortable with. I mean, I could never fit in here.
Chost of Christmas Present: Feeling a little left out, are you?
Ebbie: I was invited! I was always invited.
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Version of A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) See more »

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Modern Day Gender Swapping SCROOGE Adaption Nears Perfection
22 December 2010 | by Joseph BrandoSee all my reviews

This is my favorite of all the adaptations of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The twist here is that Susan Lucci stars as Elizabeth Scrooge, the manager of Dobson's Department Store. It pretty much faithfully follows the original tale only in a modern day setting, and of course with the gender-switch. Lucci is in top-notch form, showcasing her wonderful versatility, as she plays the cold-as-ice, tough-as-nails part with just a touch of camp, displays a very touching performance as she is visited by the three ghosts and very believably portrays herself as a teenager! Jeffrey DeMunn gives a very nice and creepy turn as Jake Marley and the rest of the cast is in fine. The only thing hampering this production is the terrible casting of Taran Noah Smith who is cringe-worthy as Tiny Tim, but fortunately he is only on screen for a minimal amount of time. Fans of the soapy daytime diva will not want to miss this overlooked holiday jewel. And fans of Dickens classic should enjoy the refreshing yet respectful twist on an old classic.

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