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An American Christmas Carol

Henry Winkler , Dorian Harewood , Eric Till    Unrated   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Henry Winkler's performance as a miserly financier anchors this often-elegant 1979 TV-movie adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic holiday story of kindness and redemption. Buried under layers of old-age makeup (by Oscar winner Greg Cannom), Winkler manages to bring forth both the bitterness and the pain that fuel Benedict Slade, an elderly finance company president who spends a Depression-era Christmas Eve crushing the spirits of his fellow New Hampshire residents by evicting debtors from their homes or repossessing their belongings. Upon claiming and attempting to destroy a valuable edition of Dickens's Christmas Carol, Slade is visited by a trio of ghosts (David Wayne, Gerard Parkes, and Dorian Harewood) who attempt to convince him to change his ways or suffer a terrible fate. Tony Award-nominated writer Jerome Coopersmith does a fine job of adapting Dickens's story, smartly adding political and financial details germane to the period that anchor its 20th-century American setting; director Eric Till capably balances the fantasy and everyday elements, and captures the period detail and snowy locations (Ontario, Canada, stands in for New England) with an eye towards the picturesque. But the film's success rests squarely on Winkler's shoulders, and the actor provides believable performances as both the youthful and aged Slade that did much to remind viewers that he was a far more talented performer than his most popular screen character, Fonzie of Happy Days, suggested. Shout Factory's full-frame presentation of An American Christmas Carol looks good, especially in comparison to other DVD releases of TV movies from the period, and offers a new eight-minute-plus interview with Winkler, who discusses his concerns about tackling the iconic story, as well as the challenges presented by the considerable makeup design. --Paul Gaita

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5.0 out of 5 stars Une oeuvre à posséder!!! Dec 31 2002
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Bonjour!
Je crois que de toutes les versions qui ont été faites du conte de Charles Dickens, celle-ci est sans doute à la fois la plus originale et la plus fidèle. Le thème central est bien respecté mais l'adaptation est totale puisqu'elle situe l'action en Amérique plutôt que dans l'Angleterre du 19e siècle mais avec une touche début du siècle et moderne.
Même si ce film n'est disponible qu'en anglais sur DVD, il vaut la peine d'être acheté puisqu'il n'est plus diffusé à la télévision depuis plusieurs années suite à une mésentente avec le producteur et il semble bien que la situation n'est pas près de changer. C'est un film de collection que tous se doivent de posséder pour le temps de Noël. Une version française a jadis été disponible mais elle ne l'est plus maintenant ce qui est très malheureux. Henry Winkler est remarquable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered it Dec 31 2013
By maria
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couldn't find this version for a long time. This one is my favorite, im so thankful to amazon for having it in stock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic! Dec 30 2013
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An entirely different take on an old classic, and when I say "different" I mean in a good way! Henry Winkler provides and powerful and touching portrayal as Benjamin Slade. I am use to seeing him as the "Fonze" but he is truly a brilliant actor who makes this classic a gem. Alongside with other supporting actors, it is by far one of my favorites and a reminder that it is never too late to right the wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Tale Sept. 8 2013
By Doncott
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Henry Winkler is amazing in his role of Scrooge....the story line doesn't change but it gives it more realism with Henry in charge! I believe it is an easier version for the whole family to enjoy - not as scary as older versions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classic hard to find Feb. 8 2013
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Searched high and low for this DVD for a friend then someone suggested Amazon. Wish I'd thought of it sooner because it would have saved a lot of time. Arrived quickly....and it was cheap, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick Jan. 27 2013
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Bought this for my mother and she absolutely loved it. I've never seen it so she gave me the rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this one! Jan. 25 2013
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Henry Winkler plays a great Scrooge. The story is an interesting twist on the Dickens Classic and it is even better because it was filmed in Canada not far from where I live. I know the scenery well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Jan. 16 2013
By BeckyK
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My husband passed away a year and a half ago. I finally found this movie that he remembers watching years ago. I have watched him and thought of him all through it. It will become an annual tradition. Great job Henry Winkler!!!!!
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