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A Christmas Carol (1999)

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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Peter Barnes (written for television by), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge
Richard E. Grant ... Bob Cratchit
Joel Grey ... The Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian McNeice ... Mr. Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves ... Mrs. Cratchit
Desmond Barrit ... The Ghost of Christmas Present
Bernard Lloyd ... Marley's Ghost
Dominic West ... Fred (Scrooge's nephew)
Trevor Peacock ... Old Joe
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Dilber
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Riggs
Kenny Doughty ... Young Scrooge
Laura Fraser ... Belle
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Bennett
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Crump
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Storyline

In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? Written by Mike Konczewski

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In just one night, he has seen his past, his present, and his future... and they've all come back to haunt him.

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Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Ben Tibber reprised his role as "Tiny" Tim Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2000). See more »

Goofs

Marley died in 1836, and the story takes place seven Christmas Eves later in 1843. The caroler at Scrooge's door sings Good King Wenceslas, but the lyrics for that song were not written until 1853. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clergyman: A man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower.
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Alternate Versions

Although the opening credit sequence is basically the same, the typeface used for the sequence in the "letterboxed" version is entirely different. In this version, the credits are printed entirely in capital letters. See more »

Connections

Version of It's Never Too Late (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(Traditional)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
English lyrics by John Freeman Young
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User Reviews

 
Worth seeing, but still not the best ever!
6 December 1999 | by ToonladySee all my reviews

Anyone who's never seen an adaptation of this perennial favorite would undoubtedly find it outstanding. However, since I almost literally cut my teeth on the ultimate version - the 1951 classic starring Alistair Sim - I couldn't avoid comparisons. Patrick Stewart turned in an inspired performance, but he lacked the sly humor that made Sim's' performance so endearing. I found the casting of Joel Grey as the Ghost of Christmas past an inspired stroke. The rest of the cast was admirable, and Tiny Tim had killer dimples! All in all - pop the popcorn, gather the family - and enjoy. You won't be sorry.


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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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