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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (1984)

October. 09,1984
| Fantasy Drama Family TV Movie

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.


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Sean Payne

George C Scott is by far the Best Scrooge I have seen. this is a classic family Christmas Carol one I would recommend for the whole family young and old. It teaches values like Generosity, compassion, Tolerance, Love, understanding and loyalty which is in my opinion the very essence of the holiday season Mr, Scott is one of the best actors i have seen I put him in line with the likes of Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Albert Finney,this is a Color Movie which I think makes a movie I am old enough to remember black and white and much prefer color.Please enjoy this Family Classic with the whole Brood


I watch it all year long ...cry at the end.... I love this movie, everything the set the sound track. Every single actor is superb wonderfully cast... George C. Scott is amazing.Nick Bicat did an amazing job on this soundtrack. He is an amazing composer, his music sucks you right into the film. I showed this movie to my children and they loved it as well. They are 8 and 10 it is a great family film The fog on the set is a beautiful touch to the movie Susannah York fabulous ...the message of Dickens Christmas Carol should be applied daily it is a good reminder of what is important in this life.


The striking thing of the 1984 television movie starring George C Scott as Scrooge is the faithfulness to the text, not only in the lines spoken by the cast but in director Clive Donner bringing it in the visuals such as the door knocker changing to the face of Marley and bringing to life the sparse Victoria setting of Scrooge's lifestyle.Of course there is no issue that an excellent actor such as Scott will have no issue playing the miser Scrooge and there are excellent turns from Frank Finlay as Marley and Edward Woodward as the gigantic Ghost of Christmas present with a touch of malevolence.Maybe the casting of David Warner did not feel right as Bob Cratchit, an actor who spent most of the 1980s playing villains and maybe was a little too old for the role.The film is filled with British character actors, sadly many of whom along with Scott are no longer with us. However if you want to see a traditional adaptation of Dicken's festive tale then you cannot go wrong with this one.


This TV movie of "A Christmas Carol" is one of only three films of the Dickens classic to receive major award nominations. George C. Scott was nominated for an Emmy award for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. The 1999 TV movie starring Patrick Stewart received an Emmy nomination for cinematography. The other film, the 1970 musical version "Scrooge," received four Academy Award nominations. This 100-minute production has a good rendition of the Charles Dickens story. While Scott's Scrooge is very good, he gives a nuance to the character that doesn't seem quite right. He smiles at times when making a put down or derisive comment. That becomes more striking, in retrospect, with his late conversion, which then seems much less convincing. One can understand why fine actors (of which Scott is one) would want to play Scrooge and remake the story on film in succeeding decades. It's a true testimonial to the brilliant and timeless book by Dickens. And, it is also evidence of the love great actors have for the theater, and of the challenge they have to tackle stories and roles that already have achieved excellence. The rest of the cast are OK, for the most part, but no other performances are notable. Some things that take away from the film. The most bothersome is the musical score. At times, it is much too loud and heavy, and at other times it just doesn't suit the scene. The setting doesn't seem quite real. Scrooge's home is very neat and tidy. The street sets, especially of the town, seem too clean and unreal – sort of a feel one gets from CGI. Still, this is a decent portrayal and film, and one worth watching. It's the best movie of "A Christmas Carol" made for TV. But it's not one to keep in place of the 1938, 1951 or 1970 films.