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A Christmas Carol [1984] (1 disc)

Director:Clive Donner
Writer:Roger O. Hirson
Composer:Nick Bicāt
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Scrooge is visited by his late partner and warned of a terrible fate that awaits him should he maintain his current course of life.

Reaction: This is a fairly faithful telling of the story of the miserly Scrooge and Scott is wonderful as the old curmudgeon.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Clive Donner => Director
Roger O. Hirson => Writer
Nick Bicāt => Composer
Charles Dickens => Original Story
Alan Bodenham => Poulterer
Angela Pleasence => Ghost of Christmas Past
Anthony Walters => Tiny Tim
Caroline Langrishe => Janet Holywell
David Warner => Bob Cratchit
Edward Woodward => Ghost of Christmas Present
Frank Finlay => Marley's Ghost
George C. Scott => Ebenezer Scrooge
Ian Giles => Boy who gets turkey
Joanne Whalley => Fan
John Quarmby => Mr. Harking
Liz Smith => Mrs. Dilber
Lucy Gutteridge => Belle
Michael Carter => Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Michael Gough => Mr. Poole
Nigel Davenport => Silas Scrooge
Pat Rose => Mrs. Fezziwig
Peter Woodthorpe => Old Joe
Roger Rees => Narrator / Fred Holywell
Susannah York => Mrs. Cratchit
Timothy Bateson => Mr. Fezziwig

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Near the beginning of the movie, some children are sliding on some "ice" which ripples under their feet - it's actually some sort of plastic sheeting.
  • This is, perhaps, the only version of ACC in which Scrooge wears dress-slacks, a dress-shirt and a vest (with an [?] Alistair Cooke-type smoking jacket)...instead of merely his nightgown, slippers and cap. (Rumor has it that George C. Scott openly reeled at the very thought of portraying Scrooge under such conditions...especially in mid-winter England.)
  • Liz Smith played Mrs. Dilber in both this version of A Christmas Carol (starring George C. Scott) and the 1999 version starring Patrick Stewart.
  • The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in a scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them.