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A Christmas Carol [Import]
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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!
This version is the remake of the 1930's edition which is also interesting to watch for the time period it was made in, but the story line is a little different in small details from the Alastair Sim version listed here.
If you are a fan of the Dickens story, the original black and white version of this movie with Alastair Sim is the ONE to see first and foremost. In my opinion all others take a back seat.
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For me this is the one and only Christmas Carol... with as sidekick... Mickey's Christmas Carol with the tiny Tim and the tiny turkey :-)Published 4 days ago by Christina Agathi
George C. Is as authentic as Alastair Simm in this updated version of the Dickens classic. Definitely a must see!Published 5 months ago by Bill Neaves
Great memories of my childhood Christmases. The DVD came in a decent case and is good quality as well.Published 5 months ago by S. E
There are plenty of good Christmas Carol adaptations - Sim, Dickens, Stewart, and this is one of them. I only wish it were in wide-screen, but it was a made for TV production. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M Cheers
Wonderful Christmas movie, Loved it for the first time we saw itPublished 15 months ago by Y Lincoln
The BEST version of the Christmas Carol ever produced, and hard to find. Watched it last night, no with problems.Published on Jan. 20 2014 by WS