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A Christmas Carol1984

A Christmas Carol (1984)





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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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George C. Scott
as Ebenezer Scrooge
David Warner
as Bob Cratchit
Frank Finlay
as Marley's Ghost
Angela Pleasence
as Christmas Past
Roger Rees
as Fred Holywell
Edward Woodward
as Christmas Present
Susannah York
as Mrs. Cratchit
Michael Carter
as Christmas Future
Kieron Hughes
as Peter Cratchit
Sasha Wells
as Belinda Cratchit
Orlando Wells
as Little Boy Cratchit
Nancy Dodds
as Little Girl Cratchit
Caroline Langrishe
as Janet Holywell
Mark Strickson
as Young Scrooge
Michael Gough
as Mr. Poole
Pat Rose
as Mrs. Fezziwig
John Quarmby
as Mr. Harking
Liz Smith
as Mrs. Dilber
Peter Settelen
as Belle's Husband
Tim Munro
as Mr. Topper
Alan Bodenham
as Poulterer
Spencer Banks
as Dick Wilkins
Ian Giles
as Turkey Boy
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Critic Reviews for A Christmas Carol

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Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Christmas Carol


Really a good version of an oft-sappy Christmas story. Very well acted by luminaries such as George C. Scott and David Warner.

Christian C
Christian C

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There have been many versions of this story, but this is one of the best ones. It's got a good look and a decent pace. The cast is good,and Scott is terrific as Scrooge. This stroy ahs never been my favorite Christas tale, but I do enjoy it. I don't really have a favorite version of this story, but I do like this version a great deal.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


a very average telling of a very superb classic story. i was surprised by how very uneven goerge c. scotts performance was as scrooge considering how very great of an actor he was, and the entire story was a bit dry and wooden. this felt very much like a film that was thrown together all too quickly, simply regurgitating the familiar story rather than putting heart into it. the end of the film was still heart warming and the story still told well enough to give it a watch now and then, but compared to the alastair sim version, or the muppet or disney version, this remains a film that need not be seen due to much better versions being available.

danny d
danny d

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