Scrooge

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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 ...
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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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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: 9/25/2001
  • UPC: 097363806332
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    Our favorite

    As obscure as this one is, it is the one Christmas Carol movie that we look forward to from year to year. But we couldn't find it on TV this year, and many times when we do it is edited for time. So it was time to break down and purchase it. The songs are wonderfully catchy, the ghosts in the beginning are spooky as all heck, the characters are well-played, and the finale makes us happy. What can we say? We like musicals, thank you very much!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    RECOMMEND

    IF YOU LIKE SCROOGE, YOU'LL LIKE THIS ONE. I'M NOT BIG ON MUSICAL MOVIES, BUT THIS IS A GOOD ONE.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    Highly Recommended! Beautiful version of a timeless classic!

    This is by far the best interpretation of the Dickens classic! The music is outstanding and Albert Finney is a marvelous as Scrooge. If you love Christmas, timeless classics and musicals, this is a MUST have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    A celebration!

    I'm addicted to this version of the Charles Dickens classic. (This recent purchase is to replace my first copy!) The cast is wonderful, the sets and costumes delightful, but my favorite part of all is the music. It's what sets this version apart and makes the viewing experience a joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Yes, the Alistair Sim version is reputedly 'the' classic version

    Yes, the Alistair Sim version is reputedly 'the' classic version of this classic tale, but for me this supersedes it on three counts. First, the casting is just perfect with some really heavyweight actors playing the roles, and an amazing Albert Finney made up to look 40 years older! Then the sets and photography and special effects are just superb, totally capturing the Victorian atmosphere and lending a real spookiness to the ghosts. And last but definitely not least, is the glorious score by Leslie Bricusse, which punctuates the picture beautifully without being gratuitous or overly sentimental. To me this is THE version and I play it every Christmas. Albert Finney really is the consummate Scrooge, but when he undergoes his 'transformation' his acting is totally irresistible. This is a real masterpiece and on Blue Ray should be just wonderful as the sets and photography are just marvelous. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    I was 12 when I saw this at Radio City Musical for my birthday.

    I was 12 when I saw this at Radio City Musical for my birthday. It's my favorite Christmas movie of all time! Had the VHS for years - now I'm ready to get the DVD. Does not show up on TV anymore.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    This is a true classic.

    This is a literary classic come to life. It is extremely well-told as well as entertaining that adults and children will appreciate. While it is a Christmas tale, its message is applicable 365 days per year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scrooge, our all-time favorite Christmas classic

    My family tries to watch this version of Scrooge every year to get us in the Christmas spirit. We have only had a poor quality VCR taped from a previous TV viewing until we received the professional version. How wonderful it was to see the film in the original bright colors. Thoroughly enjoyed getting this DVD and will be watching it for many years to come.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SCROOOOOOOGGGEEEeee!!!

    I hate musicals, but I love this movie. Its perfect from start to finish with many important morals sewn into its fabric. I love the story of a man's redemption and how he was able to change the lives of the people around him when he realized how much their lives enriched his own. Dickens was a genius and who better to play a major role in this story than Albert Finney even if the movie doesn't accurately depict the book. Out of all the depictions of this story, I hold this one in the highest regards and I believe Dickens would say that this movie's mood was tantamount to that of his beloved story. Merry Christmas everybody!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Musical Christams Carol Ever

    This one is Great. The songs are great, Scrooge with the second Ghost is So Funny!!! I cant go a Christmas without watching this version. If you like movies like Oliver Twist (musical). Then you will love this one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    thank you very much it's the nicest thing that any one has done for me!!

    what a wonderful Christmas film every one who celebrates Christmas will surely love this film.Albert finny has created a wonderful scrooge character
    and he shows his excellent acting skills here.I hope that it will soon become available in blue ray dvd with 7.1 Dts audio.the original film was 35mm 4 track magnetic stereo and the audio was awesome in the theater we seen it in and it was full cinema-scope on the big screen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Musical!

    My all time favorite version of this theme. Super music and memorable performances

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fabulous christmas film

    My Mother bought this movie on VHS when I was a little girl and it's been a part of my yearly Christmas movie list since. My husband even considers it one of his favorites and he had never seen it before we met.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You Very Much!

    Of all the adaptations of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", this is by far my favorite. The music is fantastic--singable and catchy. This film has been a favorite of my family for many years and we never get tired of it. During the holidays, we're as likely to break into one of the songs from this musical as we are a traditional carol. Albert Finney is fabulous as old Scrooge and his transformation from miserable to true happiness is very believable. This story of the redemption of a man never gets old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding. A Christmas Musical to warm your heart

    This is a family favorite at our house. We watch it every Christmas season. Christmas Past scenes are infused with hauntingly beautiful music and the music of Christmas Present scenes will have you toe-tapping and singing long after the movie is finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite Christmas story

    I just love this movie. I have always admired Albert Finney as a serious actor.He has outdone himself in this role. I happen to like the musical version because it has many songs that you can sing along with easily. My favorite is "Thank you very much". I think if you dont see this movie, you will be missing a great holiday treat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SCROOGE Soundtrack ...Gimme Music!!!

    This movie has brought the Christmas spirit into my home for decades. I would love to play the soundtrack while stringing popcorn and cranberries for my freshly chopped tree before the pine needles hit the carpet. Does anyone have any info on when the soundtrack will be released? Signed, 'Old Potato'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one magical movie, I promise!

    I highly recommend this wonderful holiday movie - it's become our family's annual Christmas Eve tradition. The music, songs and dances are just wonderful, and Albert Finney is amazing as Scrooge! This is the most beautiful version of 'A Christmas Carol' you will ever see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank you very much!

    "Thank you very much" for making this wonderful version of A Christmas Carol so enjoyable. It's a family tradition each holiday season, and yes, we sing right along! We would LOVE for the soundtrack to be released. "Father Christmas", "I Like Life" and many more! I hope the powers that be release it soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Thank You Very Much!'

    My dad first took us to see this in 1970 at the theater, where we immediately fell in love with old Mr. Scrooge, played by Albert Finney! For two years after we continued to venture out on those cold Saturday afternoons, every Christmas season, to see it at the theater - it became our family tradition! Suddenly it disappeared for years! We always spoke of 'Scrooge the Musical' and when it finally resurfaced a few years back on VHS, there were four, now adult siblings, very excited to see it reappear! It wasn't until recently, that all four of us happened to talk about 'Scrooge' with Albert Finney, and unbeknownst to us, all four of us have made it a family tradition to make a big bowl of popcorn, pop in the tape, and view 'Scrooge' with our own children! I thank my dad (who still watches it every Christmas with mom!) for taking us all to see it that first year...it made such an impression that 33 years later, we now share it with our children! Great family movie and AWESOME music (we sing it all year round around the house!!) This is my all-time favorite holiday movie!

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