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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

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The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

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Mrs. Fisk
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John Forster / Ghost of Christmas Present
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Signor Mazzini (as Cosimo Massimo Fusco)
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Walter Dickens (as Jasper Hughes-Cotter)
James Heffernan ...
Charley Dickens
Aleah Lennon ...
Mamie Dickens
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Katey Dickens
Donna Marie Sludds ...
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David McSavage ...
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In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block which seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Based on the magical true story of how Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol". See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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22 November 2017 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,353,297, 26 November 2017, Wide Release

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$5,676,486, 25 January 2018
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Miriam Margolyes & Ian McNeice appeared together previously in the television series, "Doc Martin". McNeice is a regular cast member on the program; Margolyes guest-starred as a poison victim tended to by the titular doctor. See more »

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Grip was the raven featured in Barnaby Rudge written in 1841, yet in this film Grip the raven was introduced to Dickens by his father. See more »

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Mr. John Dickens: The mere sight of cows causes her actual, physical pain.
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An unexpected mix of biopic and fairytale
21 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

It actually took me a while to put this movie into a box. Is it a biography about Charles Dickens, or another version of the classic story being told? It's both.

It's actually like you watch a theater play that includes special effects you all have to imagine yourself during a play. You can clearly see the theatrical approach that the director wanted to take here. Christopher Plummer is an excellent Scrooge, the perfect fit! Even though this film throws in a good bit of comedy into the pot, it doesn't harm the story at all. If anything, it brings a little bit of freshness to the old classic of "A Christmas Carol".

I wouldn't describe it as a Christmas movie, or something that the whole family can enjoy for Christmas, but it certainly is a (long needed) new and modern approach to this story and that is still fascinating me, that this story indeed, never gets old.


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