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Christmas Carol, a 84 [Import]

George C. Scott , Frank Finlay , Clive Donner    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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In the same year that he directed a handsome version of The Scarlet Pimpernel for television, Clive Donner also made this worthy 1984 small-screen production of the Dickens tale. George C. Scott can't quite muster a decent English accent, but he does bring some new colors to this movie's interpretation of Scrooge, making the character less nasty for the sake of nastiness and more a product of a life of lovelessness. The supporting cast is first-rate, and the production is far more handsome than most TV fare. --Tom Keogh

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Christmas Elicits Nothing More Than "Bah, Humbug!" From Ebenezer Scrooge (Scott), A Miser Whose Sole Pursuit Of Financial Success Has Left Him A Bitter And Lonely Old Man. But A Christmas Eve Visit From The Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Present And Future Ultimately Teaches Him To Open His Heart To The Spirit Of Christmas And To The Joys Of Friends And Family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why (Officially) I Love This Movie! Jan. 9 2004
Format:DVD
Every winter, I enjoy watching A Christmas Carol on TV whenever I can, and the 1984 version is my favorite. The production and performances add up to a moody, realistic and touching adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic.
Director Clive Donner (editor of the much celebrated 1951 Alastair Sim version of Scrooge) presents a stunningly authentic recreation of Dickens' London. From effectively foggy streets to Ebenezer's own cobwebbed-infested manor, Donner provides a gritty, appropriately dark atmosphere, enhanced by the wonderful score.
The film's pacing is exquisite. In showing Ebenezer the error of his ways, the filmmakers give equal time to his past, present and future, never once lingering to the point of boredom. Thus the story seems to fly by compared to the other adaptations.
George C. Scott is excellent as Scrooge. Like all of those who've portrayed the character, his old miser starts out mean and bitter and ends up joyous and thankful! But throughout his performance, true sadness runs deep. Scott makes his emotional transformation subtle, painting a realistic portrait of a man haunted by the mistakes of his past, taking his pain out on the world.
But what separates the 1984 production of Christmas Carol from all others is the terrific supporting cast. David Warner may give the warmest performance of his career as Bob Cratchet (all the more poignant considering the many villains he's played over the years). Frank Finlay is the most compelling Jacob Marley I've ever seen. You can almost feel this man's torture just by gazing upon his unblinking expression. Edward Woodward brings great depth to the Ghost of Christmas Present, communicating tremendous power, yet just the right touch of humor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Some people are under the impression that this is an American production of A Christmas Carol while others (namely the 1951 Alastair Sim version) are British. Truth is, while the George C. Scott 1984 version was televised on an American network, it was filmed on location in England, and presents an effectively murky, gritty atmosphere where other versions, including the most recent Patrick Stewart version, look a little too "pretty".
Perhaps most telling is that the director of the 1984 Christmas Carol is Clive Donner. Not only is he British, but he was also the editor of the 1951 version...the very same Scrooge featuring Alastair Sim's acclaimed performance! This indicates that Donner had a unique perspective when he decided to revisit A Christmas Carol. He could easily have chosen to tell the tale just as it was done in 1951, but he diverted slightly. Thus, the George C. Scott production is much more atmospheric and concentrates a little more on Scrooge's present and future whereas the Sim version devoted way too much time on Scrooge's past. In giving Scrooge's past, present and future equal time, Donner is able to depict Scrooge's emotional tranformation convincingly and realistically (having George C. Scott doesn't hurt either).
The 1951 production of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol will always have Alastair Sim's celebrated performance, but this 1984 production has become the definitive film version of the Dickens classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect in every aspect! Dec 31 2003
Format:DVD
George C. Scott gives a superb and frighteningly convincing performance of the character that brought "humbug" to common usage. By far, his is the finest Scrooge to be filmed, easily believable and "hate-able" and equally sympathetic and likable after his redemption. David Warner, easily one of the most underrated and overlooked actors of the screen, is the perfect Bob Cratchit. Anyone not touched by his performance in the Tiny Tim death timeline has a heart of pure stone. His interaction with the rest of his "family" is thoroughly convincing and heartwarming. Roger Rees is magnificent as Ebenezer's nephew, Fred. It's easy to feel he really wishes to connect with his uncle and genuinely rejoices when it finally happens in the conclusion. Edward Woodward and the Ghost of Christmas Present seems to have been lifted from the pages of the very Dickens manuscript. He is the duplicate of the John Leech illustration in the 1843 original. The only flaw with this production are the wooden performances of the two younger Cratchit children in some scenes. Unfortunately, the youngest is, of course, Tiny Tim. Even so, the young actor portraying him does an admirable and mostly convincing job. (Blooper alert, though: Look over Scrooge's shoulder as he is standing at Fred's door - unmistakable aluminium drainspouts across the street. Minor, but distracting to the scene.) I watch this DVD many times between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and even a couple of times after), and never tire of it. It's simply too good to watch only at Christmastime!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version of a Christmas Carol Jan. 31 2003
Format:DVD
We don't have a lot of Christmas traditions in my family, but one of them is that, every Christmas Eve, we watch this version of "A Christmas Carol". It has always been my favorite and should be a part of every Christmas movie collection.
George C. Scott plays Ebenezer Scrooge in this version, and he is absolutely fantastic. He plays the role of the miser to perfection, attaining just the right amount of nastiness without going overboard. Yet he also shows the tender side when necessary, particularly as it pertains to Tiny Tim. David Warner, one of my favorite actors nobody's ever heard of, plays Bob Cratchit and he, too, is excellent as Scrooge's kindhearted employee. The only other really notable actor is Roger Rees as Scrooge's nephew Fred, but pretty much all the actors in this movie are excellent, even if you don't recognize them.
The feel of the movie is also excellent. The sets make you feel very much like you're in 19th century London, while other things, like the costumes and street performers, really put you in the middle of that time. The music is also outstanding, and fits this movie perfectly.
Just writing this review makes me wish it were Christmas. And this movie will too. It's definitely a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find video
The BEST version of the Christmas Carol ever produced, and hard to find. Watched it last night, no with problems.
Published 7 months ago by WS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great remake of a classic
Probably one of the best recent versions of the Christmas classic. Too bad it was in 1.33:1 aspect ratio and not widescreen.
Published 19 months ago by Peter Warth
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol
Would have loved it had been wide screen but it was a lot clearer to watch than the regular DVD.
Published 19 months ago by Larry Beazley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting in this all-time favorite
I love this movie and have many of the versions. George C. Scott brings good, jovial sentiment to this all-time favorite Christmas movie. I bring it out and watch it every year. Read more
Published on March 19 2012 by Christine
3.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Remake
This is a fair film, but nothing when compared to "A Christmas Carol" starring Alister Sim. The actor just doesn't ... become the part. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2004 by Greg
2.0 out of 5 stars lower class adaption
I saw this video two weeks after reading the book. It came across as flat and lifeless compared to the book and the 1951 Alastar Sim version I have. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by it
4.0 out of 5 stars Scroogey Enough, but Not Quite
To me, a proper Scrooge needs the proper British accent. While Scott did a fine job with Scrooge's lines, having an American-sounding Scrooge in the midst of British-speaking... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by T. R. Matheson
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Perfect!
There are so many versions of this story available it may be hard to peg down why some are better than others. In my opinion this is the best live action version available. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by AbeStreet
4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome film has points of interest; best recent adaptation
This 1984 adaptation of the Charles Dickens story has several noteworthy things going for it. In this writer's opinion, the parts are greater than the whole, but the individual... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Scott MacGillivray
4.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite Version But It Is A Good One!
Not in my opinion the best version of A Christmas Carol but it is a darn good movie and George C. Scott has always been one of my favorite actors. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by imadaydreambeliever--1
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