A Christmas Carol

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Overview

Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the screen once again in this made-for-TV movie. Ebenezer Scrooge George C. Scott is a cynical old man whose greatest concern is money, and who regards compassion as a luxury he can't afford. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley Frank Finlay, his former business partner, who arranges for Scrooge to be visited by three spirits in an attempt to show him the error of his ways -- the ...
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Overview

Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the screen once again in this made-for-TV movie. Ebenezer Scrooge George C. Scott is a cynical old man whose greatest concern is money, and who regards compassion as a luxury he can't afford. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley Frank Finlay, his former business partner, who arranges for Scrooge to be visited by three spirits in an attempt to show him the error of his ways -- the Ghosts of Christmas Past Angela Pleasence, Christmas Present Edward Woodward, and Christmas Yet to Come Michael Carter. The spirits force Scrooge to examine the failings of his own life, as well as the bravery and optimism of his loyal but ill-treated employee Bob Crachit David Warner. A Christmas Carol also features Susannah York as Mrs. Crachit, Anthony Walters as Tiny Tim, and Joanne Whalley as Fan.
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Editorial Reviews

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the most filmed stories in the history of cinema, so saying that Clive Donner's 1984 version is one of the best out there is no small bit of praise. Donner's interpretation has a Masterpiece Theater quality that permeates all aspects of the production, with George C. Scott setting the standard in the central role. Scott brings a thespian's commitment and a highly intellectual tone to the proceedings, making clear that Ebenezer Scrooge's disdain for Christmas springs from a place of logic and premeditation, not just reactionary negativity. Scrooge's disposition is not nearly so chilling when the actor and director choose to blame it on meanness only; the courage of his convictions is what makes Scrooge so dastardly. His joy in the final scene is therefore that much more cathartic, having been dug up from such a deep place. David Warner, a villain in such films as Tron and Time Bandits, turns out to be an excellent Bob Cratchit, and Edward Woodward is particularly memorable as a booming Ghost of Christmas Present, accounting for much of the film's humor. The grim reaper effects are sufficiently creepy, and Donner's film has a good period authenticity in its look as well. This A Christmas Carol is distinctive and enduring enough that one tends to forget it was originally made for television, and those origins don't undermine its credibility in the slightest. Truth be told, by 1984, the story had been told so many times, straightforward versions had stopped getting theatrical releases. Only modern updates like the Bill Murray vehicle Scrooged still found their way to the multiplexes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • UPC: 024543617808
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 57,577

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Ebenezer Scrooge
Timothy Bateson Mr. Fezziwig
Michael Carter Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Nigel Davenport Silas Scrooge
Frank Finlay Jacob Marley
Michael Gough Mr. Poole
Lucy Gutteridge Belle
Caroline Langrishe Janet Holywell
Brian Pettifer Ben
Angela Pleasence Ghost of Christmas Past
John Quarmby Mr. Harking
Roger Rees Fred Holywell
Liz Smith Mrs. Dilber
Anthony Walters Tiny Tim
David Warner Bob Cratchit
Joanne Whalley Fan
Peter Woodthorpe Old Joe
Edward Woodward Ghost of Christmas Present
Susannah York Mrs. Cratchit
Technical Credits
Clive Donner Director
Nick Bicât Score Composer
Noel Davis Casting
Roger O. Hirson Screenwriter
Tony Imi Cinematographer
Peter Tanner Editor
Charles Dickens Source Author
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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    The Spirit Of The Novel

    As other reviewers note, this is the best cinematic rendering of Dickens' novella, head and shoulders above every other film version. While Scott and the rest of the cast are wonderful, the signature achievement of this version is that it captures the real flavor of CC and expresses the real theme - that, in the words of Jacob Marley's Ghost, "Mankind was my business! The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" And Frank Finlay's Marley is the theme-setting key to this movie - genuinely and awfully frightening, the very picture of the damnation of the acquisitive and insensitive. There is nothing "cute" in Dickens' published story, and little humorous; it is replete, however, with bitter ironies that this film highlights. Other Scrooges in other films are curmudgeonly; Scott is the embodiment of a moral monster, an economic Nazi whose worship of the "golden idol" of riches has transformed him into a man damned but unaware of it. The "ghastly children" of Ignorance and Want and the clearly dying Tiny Tim (fetching, yes, but horrifyingly ill, with sunken eyes and missing teeth, a victim of the Scrooge-induced poverty of the family) take all of the "cute" and most of the sentiment out of the story - and leave the viewer with something much more like what Dickens conceived than any other film version so far.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    The movie version is awsome

    The movie version is awsome

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

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    An Astounding Cinematic Achievement!

    No disrespect to the classic Alastair Sims version of this Dickens story, but this version featuring the incredible George C. Scott is by far the definitive version. The casting director is to be commended--the actors and actresses chosen are perfect for all the roles and perform as an ensemble with outstanding passion and conviction. And of course, Scott embodies the role of Scrooge as if he was born to play the part. The Blu-ray version features crisp sound and picture and is well worth the money. Get it. What are you waiting for?

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    A great movie

    Great performance by George C. Scott. This is the best version of "A Christmas Carol" movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Can A Miser Change?

    A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
    A miserable miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who despises everything, but money. Scrooge has an exhalent business, but he is mean to his one and only employee. His mate Marley who is a ghost comes to warn him. Three ghosts visit Scrooge during the night. To show the miser to change his ways. This is a great book! Its filled with the joy of Christmas, and stories about Scrooges (young and old) life. This story will make you say," Can Scrooge change." This book is exhalant to read at Christmas and now. It's filled with joy. Can Ebenezer Scrooge change his ways. You should buy this book.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    For readers who love Dickens "A Christmas Carol", this remains one of best film interpretations. Certainly little Tiny Tim captures perfectly the sweet personality of the suffering child. My only criticism of this film version is that the spirits display a bit of meaness not in the original story. Otherwise, it is a perfect Christmas film for all time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Makes the Season

    This version of Dickens' Christmas story is nothing short of superb. George C. Scott and the supporting cast put their hearts and souls into the characters to bring them to life. The location shooting makes the fiction seem real. Once heard the theme music becomes a seasonal favorite. Everything is right on this DVD. Frank Finlay's portrayal of Marley's ghost is one of several special highlights. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved It!

    This is the best adaptation of the A Christmas Carol. I have owned this for years on VHS. I was happy to finally find the DVD. If you like the book you will love this DVD. A real Christmas treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good!

    I read the Christmas Carol book by Charles Dickens and I thought it was very good and I have seen several of the movie adaptations and the George C. Scott version is one of my favorites. Yes, it's true that he wasn't good at doing British accents which is why some people probably didn't find him convincing but he is a superb actor and played the part well even though he sounded very American and this movie really shows why he is thought of by many as one of the greatest actors of all time and I highly recommend this DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the less authentic performances

    Compared to Albert Finney in SCROOGE, George C. Scott plays an unconvincing role as do the supporting actors in this version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Although neither version is completely true to Dickens, SCROOGE, the musical, came closer to the spirit of the original novel and is a much better, more enjoyable film.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Version of 'A Christmas Carol' ever!

    I absolutely love this movie. This is one of my most favorite movies of all time. This is definitely one you have to watch every Christmas, like I do. George C. Scott takes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and literally makes it his own. The script for this movie goes by the book 100%. The actors and actresses in this, are fantastic. This is the best version of the story ever made. Sorry Patrick Stewart, but you can't ever top George C. Scott in this role. If you love the novel, watch this. This is the novel in the flesh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Outstanding

    This movie is simply outstanding! I have seen many renditions of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, but this one is by far the best one I have ever seen! The true spirit of christmas is exemplified through this movie. Very touching and very enjoyable! I think I shall watch it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The definitive adaptation

    I had grown up with this version of Dickens' story, yet continue to prefer it over others which shy away from the author's story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterful

    George Scott gives a powerful performance that brings this story to life. The presentation is at times a bit gritty, but Dickens afterall was a reformer and this movie is true to that part of his intent. If you have never seen a presentation of A Christmas Carol that you have liked, this one you will. I have...year after year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christmas Carol comes alive

    George C. Scott ''is'' Ebenezer Scrooge just as Jeremy Brett became ''the'' Sherlock Holmes in PBS's adaptation of that classic. We watch this movie every Christmas Eve with our children and look forward to yet another viewing. Charles Dickens himself would give this film five stars. A must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christmas Carol - I finally ''get it''

    I am 58 years old, and have seen this Dickens classic for many years by other actors as well. However since purchasing this version (which is now my favorite) I have listened intently to the words and ''fully'' realized the implacations.I believe that Scrooge had a Narcissistic personality, and that's why he was ''healed'' of his former attitude and beliefs....He, finally ''got it'' Dicken's did a marvelous job of portraying the 'hardend heart' and the possibility of altering ones current lifestyle to what it should be, which seemingly all the other characters exhude during the movie. (Now if only my son-in-law would ''get it'', before it's too late)George C Scott-to me, this was your ''best''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best I've seen so far!

    I remember seeing this the year it came out on TV. I had just read Dickens' book and was amazed at how the lines are word for word! I also believe that George C Scott completely filled out the character of Scrooge. He is better then the book in some ways in how he adds subtle expression which shows Scrooge is human and has a heart. For example watch his performance while talking to the ghost of Jacob Marley. Scott shows that Scrooge had emotion for his friend, even Dickens didn't give Scrooge that much character before his ''salvation''. This is an excellent movie. If you think you are tired of the story, then you haven't seen it done right. This one you will buy and watch year after year! Not sappy, even a little scary. It is a ghost story after all! But alas, Tiny Tim is as usual soooo good that you yearn to see him do something wrong, anything! Never did like that character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Christmas Carol of All Time!

    I have seen many of the adaptations of Charles Dicken's classic tale of the true meaning of Christmas and this one tops them all. George C. Scott presents a masterful and realistic portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge, along with an excellent screenplay and special effects which enhance the story to its fullest.

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