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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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Mark Schrier ...
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Patrick Joseph Byrnes ...
Stage Manager
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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)
Jasper Hughes Cotter ...
Walter Dickens (as Jasper Hughes-Cotter)
James Heffernan ...
Charley Dickens
Aleah Lennon ...
Mamie Dickens
Ella Mai Delaney ...
Katey Dickens
Donna Marie Sludds ...
Maid
David McSavage ...
Hall
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Chapman
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Thackeray
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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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How Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" and created a tradition. 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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O Homem Que Inventou o Natal  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$5,676,486, 25 January 2018
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A majority of this film's cast are trained Shakespearean actors, and have appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions of the bard's work. Coincidentally, Dickens himself was a fan of Shakespeare, and even appeared in amateur productions of his plays for charity. In the first few pages of A Christmas Carol, Dickens also references Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, comparing Jacob Marley's ghost in his novella to the ghost of Hamlet's father. See more »

Goofs

Thackeray taunts Dickens by reminding him of the American phrase, "There's gold in them thar hills. " The film events take place prior to Christmas 1843. The phrase is attributed to Georgia assayer Mathew Stephenson regarding the 1849 California gold rush but popularized in an 1892 book by Mark Twain. See more »

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Scrooge: Humbug!
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Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer head wonderful cast
26 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

When Dan Stevens asked that Matthew, his "Downton Abbey" character, be "killed off" so he could pursue other acting opportunities, I thought his career would go directly downhill. Matthew Crawley was a pleasant young man - but really didn't give Stevens much meat to chew so I figured his career would go the unsuccessful way of many other actors of limited talent who left successful TV parts. However, he was right to leave. He is much more talented than Matthew Crawley allowed him to be. His versatility is showcased to perfection as Charles Dickens in THE MAN WHO INVENTED Christmas.

It doesn't hurt that his Dickens is surrounded by a charming group of eccentrics, some of whom exist in his 19th century reality and others of whom exist only in his fertile imagination. I particularly liked Anna Murphy's Tara, the Irish housemaid who presents Dickens with inspiration for several key elements in his "A Christmas Carol." Ms. Murphy's career should advance as she has a quite likable screen persona and an ability to stand out in any scene.

Christopher Plummer is wonderful in every part in which he plays. What woman wouldn't want to heal the heart of his Captain Von Trappe (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)? Who wouldn't want to hear his Chang declaim Shakespeare in its original Klingon(STAR TREK VI)? And who couldn't be caught up in the soul of Hal in his Academy Award winning BEGINNERS? I saw him in his stage presentation of BARRYMORE and was mesmerized. His Scrooge is equally mesmerizing.

The script is tight, the acting is solid, the sets, costumes, and staging are perfectly 1843. This movie should become a true Christmas classic - just as "A Christmas Carol" itself is a classic. In short - I loved it!


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