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A Christmas Carol (1999)

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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Peter Barnes (written for television by), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge
Richard E. Grant ... Bob Cratchit
Joel Grey ... The Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian McNeice ... Mr. Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves ... Mrs. Cratchit
Desmond Barrit ... The Ghost of Christmas Present
Bernard Lloyd ... Marley's Ghost
Dominic West ... Fred (Scrooge's nephew)
Trevor Peacock ... Old Joe
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Dilber
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Riggs
Kenny Doughty ... Young Scrooge
Laura Fraser ... Belle
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Bennett
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Crump
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Storyline

In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? Written by Mike Konczewski

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In just one night, he has seen his past, his present, and his future... and they've all come back to haunt him.

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Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and A Christmas Carol (1984) open with Jacob Marley's funeral procession. In all of the other movies, as in the book, Marley has already been deceased for seven years when the story begins. See more »

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The name of Scrooge's little sister was "Fan," a popular girl's name in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, more frequently lengthened to "Fannie," not "Fran," as it is pronounced in this movie. One would think Stewart would've known better, owing to his familiarity of the book. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clergyman: A man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower.
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Alternate Versions

Although the opening credit sequence is basically the same, the typeface used for the sequence in the "letterboxed" version is entirely different. In this version, the credits are printed entirely in capital letters. See more »

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Version of Christmas Carol (1984) See more »

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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
English lyrics by John Freeman Young
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Faithful to Dickens, Stewart perfect
5 November 2004 | by Pfisiar675See all my reviews

The sad thing about this adaptation is simply that audiences have expected less reserved acting and brighter and cheerier moods. However, I've read the book many times, and although I like all versions, I think this is probably the 2nd best I've seen. (I love the musical Scrooge with Albert Finney. It's delightful, if not entirely British in tone.) Scrooge was a Victorian man, which means the definition of his character would be one of reservation and stiffness. Patrick Stewart is quite believable as a Victorian British gentleman miser.

I enjoyed immensely the understated end, where Scrooge changes much for the better, yet at the same time maintains the appearance of a Victorian gentleman. The scene in which Scrooge haltingly enters his nephews house is very powerful and poignant imo.

Admittedly, the supporting cast is forgettable, but that's to be expected. This is Scrooge's story and belongs to no one else. What I think turns people off for this version is the stiffness portrayed by Scrooge and the general "oppressive" atmosphere of the movie. But it is quite good, and Stewart's portrayal of the Victorian Scrooge is perfect.

Although, I think that from our own perspective, Alastair Sim's portrayal will remain the one that stays forever. This movie suffers most from a low TV budget which often limits the camera work along with special effects. But overall, this is one of the best versions out there.


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