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Ms. Scrooge (1997)

A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John McGreevey (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
Katherine Helmond ... Maude Marley
Michael Beach ... Reverend Luke
John Bourgeois ... Cratchit
RaéVen Kelly ... Young Ebenita (as Rae'ven Kelly)
Karen Glave ... Teenage Ebenita
Ken James Ken James ... Sam Catherwood
Arsinée Khanjian ... Cratchit
William Greenblatt William Greenblatt ... Tiny Tim
Michael J. Reynolds ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Spirit Present
Julian Richings ... Christmas Yet to Come
Ashley Brown Ashley Brown ... Chris
Natasha Greenblatt Natasha Greenblatt ... Sis Cratchit
Allegra Fulton ... Marie
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Storyline

A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

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Taglines:

A Christmas Classic Everyone Can Believe In See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espíritos de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Maude Marley: [Appearing in a flash of Light] Ta Da! I always did like a big entrance, didn't I?
[light fades]
Maude Marley: How's tricks, Ebenita?
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge: Maude?
Maude Marley: You haven't said a word about my outfit.
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge: [laughing to herself] Oh, it can't be Maude. She's dead. I buried her.
Maude Marley: And rather hastily, I might add. Afraid I might come back to life? Reclaim my possessions?
[Ebenita slowly reaches for the phone]
Maude Marley: Now I can't.
[as Ebenita's hand gets to the phone]
[...]
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Connections

Version of A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Performed by the Salvation Army Band
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A little modernization of the Christmas Carol
16 December 2015 | by colemystSee all my reviews

This is a well done version of The Christmas Carol. Giving a more modern taste to the setting and characters. I like that Scrooge has become a black woman, showing that not every tightfisted miser must be the typical old white guy. Ms.Tyson is excellent as a 20th century Scrooge. Michael Beach is also very good as her nephew and Reverend of the neighborhood. Katherine Helmond as Marley is over the top fun, I would have like to have seen more of her as a ghost.

One complaint is that the director didn't pull more emotions from some of the actors. With a few exceptions, much of the time people were in the middle of the road emotionally. Afraid to be too joyous or too desperately downtrodden. But overall a nice holiday movie to add to the season.


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