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A Christmas Carol (2009)

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An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Past / Scrooge as a Young Boy / Scrooge as a Teenage Boy / Scrooge as a Young Man / Scrooge as a Middle Aged Man / Ghost of Christmas Present / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Steve Valentine ... Funerary Undertaker / Topper
Daryl Sabara ... Undertaker's Apprentice / Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Peter Cratchit / Well Dressed Caroler
Sage Ryan ... Tattered Caroler
Amber Gainey Meade ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Ryan Ochoa ... Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Boy / Ignorance Boy / Young Boy with Sleigh
Bobbi Page ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Ron Bottitta ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Sammi Hanratty ... Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Girl / Want Girl
Julian Holloway ... Fat Cook / Portly Gentleman #2 / Business Man #3
Gary Oldman ... Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim
Colin Firth ... Fred
Cary Elwes ... Portly Gentleman #1 / Dick Wilkins / Mad Fiddler / Guest #2 / Business Man #1
Robin Wright ... Fan / Belle (as Robin Wright Penn)
Bob Hoskins ... Fezziwig / Old Joe
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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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Ready for Christmas? Neither is Scrooge. But it only takes one night to change your life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary sequences and images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,051,075, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$137,855,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$325,286,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

If one looks carefully when young Scrooge loses his fiance due to his greed and changed attitude a hour glass can been on Scrooge's desk. This could be an ironic symbol as a hour glass is a symbol of time and the hourglass could be marking the beginning of the period where Scrooge has fully changed after his fiance leaves him to when he repents after the visitation of the three spirits. See more »

Goofs

Some of the carolers seen at the start of the film appear again towards the end of the film singing 'Joy to the World' but given this scene takes place 7 years later the carolers seen at the start of the film have not aged one bit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ebenezer Scrooge: [upon viewing Marley in casket] Yes, quite dead. As a doornail.
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Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Andrea Bocelli
Courtesy of Sugar s.r.l.
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Charming and worthwhile adaptation about timeless and quintessential Christmas story
5 November 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A Christmas CAROL is an enjoyable Hollywood production, a wonderful and straight forward approach to the Dickens's source material being splendidly adopted . It is given the full ¨Motion Capture¨ deluxe treatment in this superior Holiday film. The production values & acting are both excellent, with just enough attractive to appeal to the tenderhearted, and with touching doses of horror , case of the potentially frightening elements the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future , adding sentiment ; all of them are blended into the mix, until, like a nice Christmas punch, the result appeals to all. Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old businessman in 1840's London. He displays no charity to mankind generally, and in particular, to his employee Bob Cratchett (Gary Oldman) and his unfortunate son, Tiny Tim . One Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of Marley, his dead business partner. He is warned that he must change his miserly ways or face damnation. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways.In Just One Night, He Has Seen His Past, His Present, And His Future. And They've All Come Back To Haunt Him Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? . To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways. The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows Scrooge visions of his own past in which had spent much of his childhood neglected by his father over the holidays at boarding school until he was finally brought home by his loving sister Fan (Robin Wright), who died prematurely after giving birth to his nephew Fred (Colin Firth).

A marvelous recounting of a Christmas vintage classic and Jim Carrey demonstrates once again his versatility on screen in this retelling of Charles Dickens' immortal story . Atmospherically, the movie is as comfortable and heartwarming as an old Christmas card .The whole concept of looking at your life in the past, present and future is creative in and of itself. After watching the movie, you may look at your life from the same perspectives. Special effects add a nice little touch,but it is Carrey's interaction with the 'ghosts' and various characters that really steal the show . Though most of us,if not all of us, have seen other adaptations in the past or read the story,and know already what to expect, Jim Carrey manages to capture pure magic with his stunningly awesome portrayal of main character Ebenezer Scrooge,and it is definitely worth a look. It's fun and different approach to the Christmas classic with top notch effects by means of ¨Motion Capture¨ a technique developed by Robert Zemeckis in previous films as Beowulf and Polar Express . A highly recommended film that nobody should miss it especially during Christmas time.¨Robert Zemeckis's Christmas Carol¨ still ranks as one of the best adaptations of the Dickens classic ever. This animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption will appeal to Jim Carrey fans .

Other versions about this stunning story courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions are the following : The rather obscure 1935 version, with Sir Seymour Hicks, the 1951 British production, with Alastair Sim, adaptation released by MGM in 1938 with Reginald Owen , and the 1970 musical, with Albert Finney. Under the title of 'A Christmas Carol' a cartoon rendition (1997) by Stan Phillips and voiced by Tim Curry and another (1991) by Jimmy T Murakami with Simon Callow ,the made-for-TV productions: 1984 – With George C. Scott, 1999 – With Patrick Stewart, and the 2004 musical, with Kelsey Grammar .


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