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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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Bharat Nalluri

Writers:

Susan Coyne, Les Standiford (based on "The Man Who Invented Christmas" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Stevens ... Charles Dickens
Mark Schrier Mark Schrier ... Presenter
Patrick Joseph Byrnes Patrick Joseph Byrnes ... Stage Manager
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Fisk
Morfydd Clark ... Kate Dickens
Justin Edwards ... John Forster / Ghost of Christmas Present
Cosimo Fusco ... Signor Mazzini (as Cosimo Massimo Fusco)
Jasper Hughes Cotter Jasper Hughes Cotter ... Walter Dickens (as Jasper Hughes-Cotter)
James Heffernan James Heffernan ... Charley Dickens
Aleah Lennon Aleah Lennon ... Mamie Dickens
Ella Mai Delaney Ella Mai Delaney ... Katey Dickens
Donna Marie Sludds Donna Marie Sludds ... Maid
David McSavage ... Hall
Ian McNeice ... Chapman
Miles Jupp ... 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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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem Que Inventou o Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$5,676,486, 25 January 2018
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Simon Callow previously portrayed Charles Dickens, the central character in this film, in two episodes of 'Doctor Who'. See more »

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The fonts used in the first edition are different from the ones actually used. See more »

Quotes

Mr. John Dickens: The mere sight of cows causes her actual, physical pain.
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Yankee Doodle Dandy
Performed by The Band of the Royal British Legion
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Wonderful
3 December 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film and will be especially delightful for people familiar with "A Christmas Carol" and with Dickens in general, but you don't need any background to enjoy it. Basically the film tells the story of how Dickens came to write this classic. The writer's process imagined in this film is true to life for many of us who are writers, though it isn't the only way from pen to paper.

Great acting, good sets, and great music with an excellent script help make this a new classic. The only deficit I saw was the less than opulent sets, which is why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10.

The special gift in this film is seeing Christopher Plummer back on the big screen. Jonathan Price also stands out as Dicken's father.

Go see this film. Go see it especially at the Xmas season.


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