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Scrooge [1970] (1 disc)

Director:Ronald Neame
Writer:Leslie Bricusse
Composer:Leslie Bricusse
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale.

Reaction: Fun and cheerful. The songs will stick in your head.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Ronald Neame => Director
Leslie Bricusse => Writer / Composer
Albert Finney => Ebenezer Scrooge
Alec Guinness => Jacob Marley's Ghost
Anton Rodgers => Tom Jenkins
David Collings => Bob Cratchit
Derek Francis => 1st Gentleman of Charity
Edith Evans => Ghost of Christmas Past
Frances Cuka => Ethel Cratchit
Geoffrey Bayldon => Pringle - Toyshop Owner
Gordon Jackson => Tom - Friend of Harry's
Karen Scargill => Kathy Cratchit
Kay Walsh => Mrs. Fezziwig
Kenneth More => Ghost of Christmas Present
Laurence Naismith => Mr. Fezziwig
Mary Peach => Fred's Wife
Michael Medwin => Nephew Harry
Paddy Stone => Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Richard Beaumont => Tiny Tim
Roy Kinnear => 2nd Gentleman of Charity
Suzanne Neve => Isabel Fezziwig

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This version differs from the book in that, here, Scrooge's fiancée, Belle, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig. In the book she is not related to them.
  • Alec Guinness' big musical number was cut from the film, although the lead-in remains intact. It was called "Make the Most of This Life."
  • Alec Guinness did not enjoy doing this movie. It required much more time than he expected, with the need of wires and a harness for his floating character. He suffered a double-hernia that required surgery to repair.
  • Scrooge (played by then 34-year old Albert Finney) is actually younger than his nephew Fred (played by then 46-year old Michael Medwin).
  • Richard Harris rejected the role of Scrooge. Rex Harrison agreed to play the part, but had to back out due to a commitment to a difficult play. (Harrison was also having an affair with Harris' then-wife, who he would later marry.) Albert Finney, who had been offered the role before Harrison but had initially rejected it, reconsidered once he read the script and asked for the role. (He was a business associate of Michael Medwin, the co-writer who played his nephew in the film.)