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Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968's Oliver!, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens' 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge features several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bona fide hit "Thank You Very Much." Buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is Ebenezer Scrooge. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge's life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans Past, Kenneth More Present and Paddy Stone Yet to Come. Sir Alec Guinness also appears as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley's Ghost. Intriguingly, Finney performs his many songs live, without post-production dubbing.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Albert Finney's portrayal in Ronald Neame's Scrooge may lack the dignity of some other attempts at Dickens' miserly spoilsport, notably that of George C. Scott in Clive Donner's 1984 made-for-TV version of A Christmas Carol. In fact, sniveling and stammering in his sloppy nightshirt, one might mistake Finney for a mentally unbalanced homeless man howling at the moon. But something about the performance, not to mention the songs by Leslie Bricusse, really registers, transforming this grainy production into a family favorite televised at holiday time for years after its theatrical release. One of the triumphs of the Oscar-nominated art direction is that it gives Dickens' London a shabby, lived-in quality, carried over several time periods. The most effective is the portentous future, hosted by a shrouded, faceless figure, who remains quiet as the grave while pointing a skeletal finger toward the images of Scrooge's destiny. The rousing songs are sometimes an odd counterpoint to this gritty design, but they're also probably the ingredient that elevated this adaptation to a level of popularity above the many others that exist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • UPC: 097363806349
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,045

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Ebenezer Scrooge
Alec Guinness Marley's Ghost
Edith Evans Ghost of Christmas Past
Kenneth More Ghost of Christmas Present
Laurence Naismith Mr. Fezziwig
Michael Medwin Fred
David Collings Bob Cratchit
Anton Rodgers Tom Jenkins
Suzanne Neve Isabel
Richard Beaumont Tiny Tim
Frances Cuka Mrs. Cratchit
Kay Walsh Mrs. Fezziwig
Derek Francis Portly Gentleman
Roy Kinnear Portly Gentleman
Mary Peach Nephew's Wife
Gordon Jackson Nephew's Friend
Karen Scargill Kathy Cratchit
Geoffrey Bayldon Toyshop Owner
Molly Weir Woman Debtor
Clive Moss
John O'Brien
Marianne Stone Party Ghost
Paddy Stone Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Helena Gloag Women Debtor
Keith Marsh Well Wisher
Reg Lever Punch and Judy Man
Stephen Garlick Child
Ian Fraser Conductor
Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Cartwright Art Director, Production Designer
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Fraser Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
George Frost Makeup
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Jack Mills Cinematographer, Special Effects
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Robert Solo Producer
Herbert Spencer Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Peter Weatherly Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Humbug [4:30]
2. Cratchit's Christmas Shopping [2:52]
3. Cretinous Wretches [7:42]
4. Marley [9:21]
5. The Tiniest Chance [9:30]
6. The Ghost of Christmas Past [4:18]
7. Isabel [9:43]
8. The Spirit of Christmas Present [7:30]
9. Cratchit's Home [2:03]
10. Nephew Fred's Party [7:48]
11. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come [7:17]
12. Office in Hell [7:01]
13. Begin Again [8:52]
14. Saint Ebenezer [6:49]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie With Overture
      Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selections
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