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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:

Let's just say she didn't make Santa's 'nice' list. 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

Company Credits

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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 Shower of Stars: A Christmas Carol (1954) See more »

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Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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wonderful adaption of _A_Christmas_Carol_
27 December 1998 | by R1chSee all my reviews

_Ms._Scrooge_ is a remake of Charles Dickens' _A_Christmas_Carol_. If you are tired of Scrooge as a crotchety old English guy, you can now see the same story modernized with an elderly black woman playing Scrooge. The adaption is well done, and the contrast with the original story is part of the fun.

Cicely Tyson plays Scrooge. I first noticed her years ago in the movie _Autobiograpy_of_Miss_Jane_Pittman_. That award-winning movie and _Ms._Scrooge_ together make an interesting set. In both, Cicely is shown at different times of her life to develop a personal history of how she became who she is now. While the _Autobiography_ is a better movie, _Ms._Scrooge_ is still very good.

The supporting cast does an excellent job. Perhaps Katherine Helmund goes over the top as Maude Marley, and she appears to be enjoying her state more than one would think a lost soul should. Still, she effectively sets the stage for what Scrooge is yet to experience. Julian Richings is totally eery as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Roles where actors don't speak have got to be hard to play, but Julian finds the way.


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