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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.

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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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What if you had but a single night to get your life right? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Robert Zemeckis has stated previously that 'A Christmas Carol' is one of his favorite stories dealing with time travel. See more »

Goofs

A group of street carolers sings "Joy to the World" in the film. However, the movie takes place in 1843. The song "Joy to the World," as we know it, wasn't created until 1848, when Lowell Mason, a Boston music publisher, combined two separate works from the mid 1700s: music from George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" with lyrics from another hymn by Isaac Watts. Also, "Joy to the World" was originally used as a regular Sunday hymn. It wasn't considered a Christmas song until 1911, when a recording by singer Elise Stevenson and the Trinity Choir became a Christmas hit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ebenezer Scrooge: [upon viewing Marley in casket] Yes, quite dead. As a doornail.
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Version of Ein Weihnachtslied in Prosa (1955) See more »

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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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Both children and adults will gain more from this experience than most family films.
6 November 2009 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

After directing The Polar Express in 2004, Robert Zemeckis vowed to only make 3D movies using motion-capture technology from then on, never to return to traditional live action films again. What? How could he? Moviegoers everywhere were bemused at how the bloke who gave us Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Contact and Cast Away could settle for some silly 3D business. Perhaps Zemeckis was smarter than us all though, his pledge to developing a decent 3D output coming half a decade earlier than most. It seems he was on to something.

It is credit to Zemeckis though that his use of 3D isn't the drawcard for this wonderfully told fable, it purely enhances it. The opening title sequence is one of the most breathtaking of the year, as we soar over - and through - the old Victorian town in which Scrooge inhabits in only one shot. It doesn't end there however, with no less than two more flying scenes and a splendid chase sequence on foot, which capably show what mo-cap and 3D are capable of. One small gripe, as was present with Up, the glasses still make everything darker and subsequently duller; especially as this picture is intentionally not well-lit to begin with.

We all know the famous Charles Dickens novel for which this is based on and Zemeckis stays faithfully close to it, unworried about making a family movie that has very few laughs. Let's face it, the story of Scrooge isn't meant to be a light-hearted laughfest. With demonic horses (complete with glaring red eyes), ghosts with broken jaws and men withering away to a skeleton, this is anything but a hoot. But is that a bad thing? Not at all. In fact it is a relief to see a movie for young (but not too young) and old that doesn't shy away from evoking feelings of fear and regret rather than always sugar-coating them with funny moments. If dealt with rightly, emotions like these can be healthy and will have a longer lasting effect on you and your kids than something that only makes you laugh.

Providing the voice of Scrooge from childhood to old-age, along with the three Ghosts of Christmas, Carrey does a fine job, even with his normal over-the-top voicing toned down a few hundred decibels. He is barely recognisable in all his parts - a result that I'm sure Zemeckis would have been aiming for - which allows the characters to stand on their own two feet rather than be a typical Carrey product. The experienced supporting cast of Oldman, Hoskins, Firth, Elwes and Wright Penn add a nice level of class to the proceedings.

The dark and morose atmosphere might at first shock, but ultimately both children and adults will gain more from this experience than most family films. See it on the big screen.

4 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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