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A Christmas Carol (1984)

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Roger O. Hirson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Frank Finlay ... Jacob Marley
Angela Pleasence ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Edward Woodward ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Michael Carter ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
David Warner ... Bob Cratchit
Susannah York ... Mrs. Cratchit
Anthony Walters ... Tiny Tim
Roger Rees ... Fred Holywell / Narrator
Caroline Langrishe ... Janet Holywell
Lucy Gutteridge ... Belle
Nigel Davenport ... Silas Scrooge
Mark Strickson ... Young Scrooge
Joanne Whalley ... Fan
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Fezziwig
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Storyline

Made for television version of the Charles Dickens classic of the same name. Ebenezer Scrooge is a hard-nosed, single-minded businessman in Victorian London. He has no friends, has disowned his only living relative - his nephew Fred Holywell - and generally treats everyone he meets with extreme contempt. He hates Christmas, only cares about making money and only gives his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off. However, he is taught the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by three ghosts who show him his own past and present. He is also shown what the future holds for him after his death if he doesn't change his behavior for the better. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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A new powerful presentation of the most loved ghost story of all time! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Unlike the book and other film adaptations Scrooge returns to his room after his visit with the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come in the middle of the night rather than in broad daylight. See more »

Goofs

Tiny Tim breaks the "fourth wall" several times, looking up into the camera. Particularly during the dinner scene with the Ghost of Christmas Present when Bob Cratchit is tasting the Christmas pudding. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Humbug!
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Alternate Versions

Some VHS and DVD releases (but not all) edited out Marley's voice calling Scrooge in the apparitional hearse, and then again just before appearing in the knocker. See more »

Connections

Version of Carol for Another Christmas (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless Us Everyone
Lyrics by Tony Bicât
Music by Nick Bicât
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User Reviews

 
Classic, a Christmas Jem of a must see for the season
18 December 2015 | by barrwattsSee all my reviews

Exceptional acting. George C. Scott's center stage personality wasn't overcoming nor weak. Rarely does a TV movie get so many points of movie artistry correct. Some camera movements were wobbly, however they were not objectionable. Family safe, some of the graveside scenes are a little dark, but not in visual or any language, just in a screeching sound with the last sprit. This story flows with the excellent editing and support actors. It is on my 5 movie list for the Christmas season. I have not seen this movie in the blue ray section, would consider the superior picture versus a typical DVD. Somehow I couldn't place the actress playing Mrs. Cratchet, her voice was familiar, Susannah York. Read in the IMDb she died of cancer, a real loss.


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Release Date:

17 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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