A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

DVD - 1984
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A Christmas Eve visit from the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future ultimately teaches Ebenezer Scrooge to open his heart to the spirit of Christmas and to the joys of friends and family.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Cal. : 20th Century Fox, c1984
Edition: Fullscreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Chris
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Scott, George C. 1927-

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stedder
Dec 09, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge: [after Present shows him a starving homeless family] Why do you show me this? What has it to do with me?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Are they not of the human race? Look here, beneath my robe!
[opens his robe to reveal two filthy, ashen, corpse-like children standing where his legs should be]
Ghost of Christmas Present: Look upon these!
Ebenezer Scrooge: [stupefied with horror] What are they?
Ghost of Christmas Present: They are your children! They are the children of all who walk the earth unseen! Their names are Ignorance and Want! Beware of them, for upon their brow is written the word "doom"! They spell the downfall of you and all who deny their existence!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Have they no refuge, no resource?
Ghost of Christmas Present: [smiles, mocking him from an earlier conversation] "Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons?"
Ebenezer Scrooge: [looks down at the children] Cover them. I do not wish to see them.
Ghost of Christmas Present: I thought as much.
[Present closes his robe to conceal the children]
Ghost of Christmas Present: They are hidden... but they live... oh, they live...

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mswrite
Oct 28, 2016

Everyone has their favorite Scrooge I suppose, and I'm no exception--I adore Alastair Sim in the 1951 black and white British production of "A Christmas Carol"--so I came to the broadcast debut of this 1984 Hallmark Hall of Fame television production somewhat reluctantly. I am so glad I gave it a chance. And if you've never seen this now beloved and unusually realistic version of Dickens's holiday classic I strongly recommend you do the same. I was happily surprised (not sure why, since I knew what a fine actor George C. Scott was) by Scott's complex and moving portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. He deserved the Emmy he was nominated for.

There are other great performances to savor here, chief among them Frank Finlay as Jacob Marley, Susannah York as the careworn Mrs. Cratchit, and Roger Rees as Scrooge's patient nephew Fred (Rees also doubles as narrator). A young actor named Anthony Walters perfectly nails the role of the realistically sickly Tiny Tim--he is sweet without being cloyingly sentimental. (You really worry for that child.) And lanky David Warner, who'd made a career playing weird and disreputable characters, is especially fine in a sympathetic turn as loving father and husband Bob Cratchit.
Filmed on location in Shrewsbury, England, the production values are truly marvelous, certainly superior by the television standards of the era.

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myamber
Oct 10, 2016

This is without a doubt my favorite movie to watch during the Christmas Holidays. I have it on DVD and watch it every December, I'm like a kid filled with joyful anticipation just waiting to watch this movie.

ljt1031 Mar 19, 2013

My favorite version of a classic story that's been put to film numerous times. George C Scott, as usual, gives an exceptional performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.

I saw the BluRay version on the shelf & had to try it, already owning the DVD format, and bought the BluRay version as soon as I had seen this.

A movie I pull out every Christmas, and sometimes in between. Very accurate portrayal of the story as written by Charles Dickens. An exceptional performance by the entire cast and an exception production all around. This one gets an A+ from me.

edh53 Mar 09, 2013

The George C Scott version, excellent, and rather true to Dickens.

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rslade
Sep 21, 2011

George C. Scott does an interesting, and very good, job of making Scrooge appear real and reasonable. Ultimately, though, this still can't match the Sims version. The reformation is still too abrupt, and there is a lot of the book that is left out.

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indi
Nov 26, 2010

My favourite is the 1951 version.

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Jun 23, 2011

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