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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Cast

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.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the novella, and in other movie versions; during his conversation with Marley's ghost, Scrooge says that the apparition may be "More of gravy than of grave!" and refers to "a bit of undigested beef." In this version Scrooge specifically states "British beef." Which was probably a sarcastic, satirical reference to the Mad Cow Disease scandal involving infected British beef which took place around the time of the making of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Scrooge is with the ghosts, they walk through walls but over and on the furniture. 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

A letterboxed version formatted for HDTV is currently (2007) being shown on Turner Network Television. This version is cropped (the top and bottom are cut off). The picture was not made in widescreen and was not shown that way originally. The DVD is also made in fullscreen, not letterboxed or anamorphically enhanced. See more »

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Version of A Christmas Carol (2020) See more »

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We've All Been Having a Go
Performed by Saskia Reeves, Tom Towndrow, Zoe Timmins, Tabitha Francis and Barnaby Francis
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The Best Version I've Ever Seen
5 July 2002 | by rwdukeSee all my reviews

Patrick Stewart and the supporting cast were absolutely incredible. I just wish I could view this movie in a widescreen format. It was absolutely gorgeous to look at. The Ghost of Christmas Past was my favorite segment of the movie. It was enchanting. I give this movie a very high recommendation.


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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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