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The Passions of Carol (1975)

This story is based on Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol", and was the first complete screenplay that I wrote. All previous efforts were shot from detailed outlines and used improvised ... See full summary »


Shaun Costello (as Amanda Barton)


Shaun Costello (screenplay) (as Amanda Barton)
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Cast overview:
Mary Stuart Mary Stuart ... Carol Scrooge (as Merrie Holiday)
Kim Pope Kim Pope ... The Hatchets
Jamie Gillis ... The Hatchets
Arturo Millhouse Arturo Millhouse ... The Spirits
Kevin Andre Kevin Andre ... The Spirits (as Kevin André)
Shaun Costello Shaun Costello ... The Spirits (as Helmuth Richler)
Susan Sloan Susan Sloan ... Barbie White (as Rose Cranston)
Day Jason Day Jason ... Gina (as Daniela Di Orici)
Toni Scott Toni Scott ... Pauli the Maid (as Angela Dermer)
Marc Stevens Marc Stevens ... Lance Marley's Ghost
Sonny Landham ... Curt Reynolds
Alan Marlow Alan Marlow ... Billy Baxter (as Alan Barow)
Ashley Moore Ashley Moore ... Hooker's Customer (as Stuart Dickerson)
Carter Stevens Carter Stevens ... Tony (as Alan Grodin)


This story is based on Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol", and was the first complete screenplay that I wrote. All previous efforts were shot from detailed outlines and used improvised dialogue. All subsequent efforts were totally scripted. Written by Shaun Costello

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Adult | Comedy | Fantasy

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Release Date:

24 March 1975 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$18,000 (estimated)
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Ambar Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Passions of Carol opened simultaneously at the Capri and the Quad cinemas in Manhattan on Monday, March 24, 1975. The film played for two weeks at the Quad (which did not maintain a regular adult policy) but continued on at the Capri - a significant New York adult venue - for 9 weeks total, closing on May 26, 1975. Compared to other bookings at the Capri, it would appear that The Passions of Carol had a long and successful run. See more »


Nearly 16 minutes into the movie, the director and cinematographer are seen filming the movie in a mirror behind the actors for about 15 seconds; a few seconds later, a crew member is seen walking in the mirror. See more »


Carol Scrooge: Are you just what's happening to me? Or are you what's happening to everyone?
The Spirits: Well, you are a curious little munchkin. Well, if you must know, I'm your 'now'. I mean at least now I'm your now. Other nows I'm other people's nows. Did you get all of that? I mean, I'm just happening everywhere, honey. I'm so now that, well, if there were such a thing as reincarnation I'd come back as Bloomingdale's.
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Alternate Versions

Video by Video-X-Pix cuts some sex scenes. See more »


Version of A Christmas Carol (1960) See more »


Carol of the Bells
Written by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
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I am the Ghost of Christmas Orgies Past ...
12 June 2000 | by rduchmannSee all my reviews

I saw this on bigscreen back in 1975 with no idea what it was about; it was just that week's feature at a porno house I occasionally visited, so I bought a ticket and went in. What it *is* is a story about Carol Scrooge, heartless editor of a PLAYGIRL-like male nudie mag, who is abusive to her employee Bob Cratchit and who receives a visit on Xmas Eve from the ghost of... You get the picture.

"Ring Christmas Bells" music will put a seasonal twinkle in your heart, but why do all of Ms Scrooge's holiday memories seem to involve hardcore sex? Does she ever get the Xmas spirit?

Cheaply made, and much in need of a script polish and a few extra days' production time, this is still an imaginative porn effort. Sonny Landham guests as prospective male model auditioned by Scrooge and her secretary; cult actress Susan Sloane appears in a kinky flashback of Xmas Past; Bob Cratchit (Jamie Gillis) and wife Tiny Kim (Pope) celebrate in their own sweet way. And you've never seen the reunion of Scrooge with Marley's ghost visualized quite as it is here.

One-of-a-kind pic is a must-see for anyone interested in the porn genre and should not be overlooked by dedicated Dickens scholars, either. My copy of this tape is on the Video-X-Pix label, which folded years ago. I don't know of a currently available version but it is certainly worth looking for and rates a 5 for its chutzpah. The concept is a bit better than the porn content. Play this and the Alistair Sim version back to back.

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