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A Christmas Carol

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Number one, by far!!!

One of the few movies that literally makes my eyes well up with tears from the emotion. A few scenes are automatic in their power: 1.Scrooge muttering ''Forgive me, Fan'', as he watches his sister die after childbirth: 2.Bob Cratchit mustering up the strength to tell hi...
One of the few movies that literally makes my eyes well up with tears from the emotion. A few scenes are automatic in their power: 1.Scrooge muttering ''Forgive me, Fan'', as he watches his sister die after childbirth: 2.Bob Cratchit mustering up the strength to tell his family about Tiny Tim's gravesite: 3.Scrooge reveling in his newfound happiness on Christmas Morning. Awesome stuff. Alistair Sim is picture perfect, and the rest of the cast is wonderful. Also, the colorization, in my opinion, makes it even better.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not true to Charles Dickens

As a member of the International Dickens Fellowship, I've been hearing for years how Dickensians feel that this version of A Christmas Carol is closest to the Dickens book. After watching it this season, I can say that this is absolutely not true! There are a couple of ...
As a member of the International Dickens Fellowship, I've been hearing for years how Dickensians feel that this version of A Christmas Carol is closest to the Dickens book. After watching it this season, I can say that this is absolutely not true! There are a couple of scenes in this movie that are not in the book and aren't even close, such as when Scrooge and Marley buy out old Fezziwig by taking advantage of his misfortune and getting the business for a cheap price. I never happened! If you want a good version of A Christmas Carol, get the 1980 version with George C. Scott.

posted by JohnDNaperville on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas Carol w/ Alastair Sim

    I have loved this movie since the first time I watched it as a young girl. The color version is not very good. The colors are awful and its too dark. I watched the black and white version and enjoyed watching the B&W.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alistair Sim Tops Them All

    I've seen every version that has ever come out. Some have been very good, and others so so. I've even seen a couple of musical versions, but I always come back to the version with Alistair Sim. The scene with Scrooge (Sim) and his housekeeper, Mrs. Dilber (Kathleen Harrison) on Christmas morning is priceless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS SO GANGSTA

    its the most gangsta time of the year, and it cant be gangsta without that true playa the scrooge, so keep it gangsta and greedy and stay away from the needy like this gangsta Scrooge.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long Considered THE Classic Version, BUT...

    Having seen them all, including THE WORST (appalingly so - talk about wooden!), with Patrick Stewart, this '51 redition has long been considered the classic version of the Dicken's classic. However, after many viewings, I must agree with Big Bill that the '84 version with George C. Scott as Scrooge is more fulfiling. The issue of black & white versus color aside, there's no doubt that Sim's performance is a classic, but Scott's interpretation of Ebenezer as a bitter and solitary figure communicates the utter lonliness of the character, as well as his total obliviousness to what is most important in life, in a much more convincing fashion to my mind. Scott's immense ability to express a range of emotions, from the subtle and understated to the raw and powerful, simply make this Scrooge more depthful and believable. Some of the nuances of his facial expressions, as well as his ability to use changing vocal qualities, to express the emotions of the character are simply superb. It is these qualities that make this Ebenezer's transformation more convincing and that, for me, is the singular important issue. The fact that Scott is surrounded by an exceptional cast, of course, helps, and this is not said as a criticism of the Sim's '51 version, which was also blessed with good supporting actors. All in all, I prefer Scott's Scrooge because, for me, it is just more believable and there's just something about Sims' approach that has never been ultimately convincing. But, happily, what difference does it really make? We can watch and enjoy both of them for the wonderful films they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only version to own!

    I love this version of ''A Christmas Carol'', it is well acted, the only problem is the English is sometimes a bit tough to understand. But, you must see this, brings tears to my eyes everytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not the best

    This version of ''A christmas Carol'' is, without a doubt, a holiday classic but I must consede to the version starring George C. Scott. Scott is much more convincing as a bitter scrooge and makes for a more dramatic transformation to the loving and cheerful character at the end. Alastair Sim, I just can't take serious enough to be that begrudging from the beginning.

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