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A Wild West retelling of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol," with Scrooge as a land baron, gunfighter, and card cheat who is visited by three spirits who attempt to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.


Ken Jubenvill


Douglas Berquist (creator) (as D. Berquist), Michael Frislev (creator) (as M. Frislev) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Ricky Schroder ... Samuel Benson (as Rick Schroder)
Amy Locane ... Erica Marlowe
Albert Schultz ... Bob Cratchitt
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Fred, Ebenezer's Nephew
Richard Comar Richard Comar ... Ghost of Christmas, Present
Michelle Thrush ... Ghost of Christmas, Past
Richard Halliday ... Jacob Marlowe
Susan Coyne Susan Coyne ... Clara Cratchitt
Joshua Silberg Joshua Silberg ... Tim Cratchitt
Zoe Rose Hesse Zoe Rose Hesse ... Cratchitt Daughter
Darcy Dunlop Darcy Dunlop ... Martha
Jocelyne Loewen ... Rebecca Gordon
J.C. Roberts J.C. Roberts ... Benjamin Gordon
Kyle Collings Kyle Collings ... Ebenezer age 8, 12


A Wild West retelling of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol," with Scrooge as a land baron, gunfighter, and card cheat who is visited by three spirits who attempt to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

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Release Date:

24 December 2000 (Germany) See more »

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O aplistos See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Brenda Shuttleworth, who plays Fred's fiancee, was married to Daryl Shuttleworth at the time, who plays Fred. See more »


The Ghost of Christmas Present tells Ebenezer to "hop on" implying they will both be riding the same horse. When Ebenezer refuses, the ghost magically jerks him aboard a second horse. One of the subsequent scenes of the two riding through the air is a close-up of Ebenezer talking directly in the Ghost's ear from behind, as would occur if the two were on the same horse. In all other scenes of them riding, they are on separate horses. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: I'll give you some good advice, be selfish, be greedy and trust no one.
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Version of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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27 December 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Although Dickens' tale is "Westernized" (it's hard to imagine Scrooge getting into fistfights and high noon shootouts as he does in this movie), it works here, thanks to the performance of Jack Palance. He also does a decent tale of playing the redeemed and transformed Scrooge. Some versions have Scrooge convert too readily, or the folks he previously screwed over accepting him too easily.

Palance's Scrooge "converts" just slowly enough that it's believable. Also, the townsfolk are at least initially reluctant to accept his transformed version.

There are also some interesting variations. Scrooge actually gets to see his future self's last few actions in life (most versions just kill him off-screen, leaving Scrooge to face his corpse or hear people talk about how he died).

Weak spots include some really bad dialogue ("You're my favorite nephew" - "I'm your only nephew!") and mediocre casting of the first two Spirits. There's also a subplot with the last person Scrooge ripped off, Sam Benson, which awkwardly interrupts the Spirits' visits.

Overall, though, the movie's strength lies in Palance's performance, and it's a great one. I'd say he's the best Scrooge (albeit an American/Western one) since Sim.

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