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A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)

A Christmas Carol (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Musical | TV Movie 28 November 2004
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Mike Ockrent (musical) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Jesse L. Martin ... Ghost of Christmas Present / Ticket Seller
Jane Krakowski ... Ghost of Christmas Past / Streetlamp Lighter
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Emily
Geraldine Chaplin ... Ghost of Christmas Future / Blind Beggarwoman
Jason Alexander ... Jacob Marley / Marley's Ghost
Brian Bedford ... Mr. Fezziwig
Claire Moore Claire Moore ... Mrs. Fezziwig
Ruthie Henshall ... Scrooge's Mother
Steven Miller ... Young Scrooge
Edward Gower Edward Gower ... Bob Cratchit
Jacob Moriarty Jacob Moriarty ... Tiny Tim
Linzi Hateley Linzi Hateley ... Mrs. Cratchit
Julian Ovenden ... Fred Anderson
Julie Alannagh-Brighten Julie Alannagh-Brighten ... Sally Anderson (as Julie-Alanah Brighten)
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Storyline

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: The Musical See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is the first live action appearance of the tormented spirits since the 1999 television film of A Christmas Carol (1999) starring Patrick Stewart. See more »

Goofs

As Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past float down to see the first shadows of his past, the black strip holding the harness was briefly seen. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: I didn't know Cratchit had a sick child.
Ghost of Christmas Present: He tried to tell you, you wouldn't listen.
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Connections

Version of Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Ruthie Henshall
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Not perfect, but very charming and movingly done.
15 December 2004 | by jfeezelSee all my reviews

There have been so many productions of Dickens' classic that it is hard to be different and good. This one surprisingly was both. Most striking was the seemingly very authentic settings--sets, decorations, costumes, characters all seem to take us back to Dickens' London. The music was quite good overall, some songs not as strong but most were hummable and the lyric captured the story and mood. Choreography though anachronistic at times had some very good moments. The women soldiers in the theater seemed a take-off on the Rockettes. The leads performed well, especially a strong K. G. in acting and (yes) SINGING (surprise). Those who hated this will find flaws to pick at, but perhaps we expect too much from an overworked Seasonal classic. It was entertaining and worth the viewing!


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