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A Carol Christmas (2003)

An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.

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Matthew Irmas

Writer:

Tom Amundsen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tori Spelling ... Carol Cartman
Dinah Manoff ... Aunt Marla
William Shatner ... Dr. Bob / Ghost of Christmas Present
Gary Coleman ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Michael Landes ... Jimmy
Paula Trickey ... Beth
Nina Siemaszko ... Roberta
Jason Brooks ... John Joyce
Holmes Osborne ... Hal
Holliston Coleman ... Lily
David Atkinson ... Crew Member
David Chisum ... Frank
Ethan Sandler ... Jerry
Steffani Brass ... Lindsey
Kurt Doss ... Tyler
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Storyline

An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carol karácsonya See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

William Shatner appears as the ghost of Christmas present; when he "moves" Carol from one location to another, a Star Trek teleporter effect is used, in reference to Shatner's famous role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). See more »

Quotes

Carol: You know, it would be a shame to have to go home and tell your family that you lost your job on Christmas Eve, wouldn't it?
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Connections

Version of Ebenezer (1998) See more »

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Yet Another Variation on Christmas Carol
16 August 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 400 Christmas MOVIES.

BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION. NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 400 Christmas MOVIES. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM FARE. THE REASON WHY I REVIEW THEM IS TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN!

Every year there seems to be 2-3 new versions of "A Christmas Carol". Since the original property is in public domain (Meaning anybody exploit material at no cost) I am afraid that we will forever see new spins on the story however I hope that are not as bad as this version.

Tori Spelling is front and center in this edition. She plays a cheap self centered talk show host who abuses her staff and has very little to do with her own family,

The screenplay here is just awful. There is not a consistent tone to any of it. The tweaks from the original book are just not good.

Because the story of " A Christmas Carol" is well known to everyone its a problem that this film can not solve. Because we all know the story we know what is going to happen. There is no surprise element. Because there is huge lack of discovery. The film seems to run longer than the 85 minutes that it is.

I will say Tori does an okay job. I have seen this story now told too many times now.

If anybody wants to watch a good adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" then watch the 1938 Version. Its b/w and it is the versions that all further adaptions used as a template.


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