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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage. A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens)
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years.
He urges Scrooge to change his life. A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. Stubbornly refusing to believe in Christmas, and to be separated from his inexhaustible wealth, the Victorian money lender and parsimonious recluse, Ebenezer Scrooge Alastair Sim , can't be bothered with the poor and destitute at the most festive time of the year.
Intent on spending the holy night alone, instead, the sceptical curmudgeon is visited by an unexpected and sympathetic friend, Jacob Marley Sir Michael Hordern , who will pave the way for the inevitable visitation of the otherworldly spirits of Christmas Past Michael Dolan , Present Francis De Wolff , and Yet to Come Czeslaw Konarski.
But, what do the pale ghosts want? Can a wicked old miser admit the error in his ways, and embrace change? In the end, is Scrooge ready to love and be loved? Written by Nick Riganas. I hesitate to add to the avalanche of praise bestowed, on this site, on this perfect picture, the definitive Scrooge of all time, which I have watched, spellbound, every Christmas since I was three years old and will continue to watch as long as I am breathing. I endorse the review already placed here by "jackboot"; and I have also been particularly touched by that small scene between Scrooge and the maid, with not a word spoken, that "Seashell 1" mentions.
Two points I would like to underline here which I have not seen mentioned by others: First, this is about the only "Christmas Carol" movie that remembers to be a GHOST story as well as a Christmas story. The superb camera work by Pennington-Richards and the powerful score by Richard Addinsell help to make this movie rather scary in places, as it should be. Nowhere else have I seen the grim bleakness of the grimier side of Victorian London so immediately conveyed.
The scene where Marley's ghost is caught out in the snowstorm with a multitude of other wailing spirits is truly horrifying; and there are many such moments, such as the one where the Spirit of Christmas Present suddenly reveals to us the personifications of Ignorance and Want; they really scared me as a kid, and they should scare us all as adults now.
Secondly, and above all, I think that the reason why Alastair Sim succeeds so brilliantly here in a role which has defeated so many is that he was chiefly a COMIC actor. Ebenezer Scrooge has from the beginning an underlying humor which makes him human; by allowing it to come out he makes the transformation plausible, by making you understand that this humor was dormant in him all along, just waiting to be awakened.
It just isn't Christmas without Sim. Start your free trial. Holiday Classics. Christmas Movies. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Learn more More Like This. Drama Fantasy. Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey. Not one that many of you will be familiar with, but this Oscar-winning short film is well worth seeking out should you be so inclined. The first ghost is particularly trippy, as it swiftly zooms Scrooge from past memory to past memory.
There is also a particularly malevolent and mean Scrooge voiced by Alastair Sim, reprising the role he made his own in the screen version. Truth be told, I actually watched this version by accident. I was expecting another animated version to arrive from a certain online film rental company, and they sent this one in error. My mistake. It leaves huge swathes of the story out, has absolutely zero charm, and somehow looks more dated than the one from I genuinely believe that if four or five of us got together for a long weekend, we could knock up a better looking animated movie.
Obviously, with the story being Disneyfied somewhat, the darker edges have been largely trimmed off, although there is still something strangely unsettling about Black Pete as the gargantuan Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. We get a glimpse early on of Scrooge at the bank exchange ripping some fellow business men off over a deal involving some corn. The Ghost of Christmas Past does date the film somewhat, as she is quite possibly the most 80s ghost imaginable. At one stage I thought it might actually be Toyah. Unfortunately, it also contains another incredibly annoying Tiny Tim who, to make look sicker, they have clearly just put dark make-up round his eyes.
It makes him look like a bit like a child zombie more than anything. Okay, granted, this is technically not a direct adaptation of A Christmas Carol, rather a Bill Murray comedy which happens to follow a similar plot. However, the story of Francis Xavier Cross, the cruel and uncaring TV executive who mends his ways after being visited by three ghosts, is close enough in my book. Murray is on peak form as the misanthropic ball of hate that is Frank Cross, and he's backed up by plenty of memorable supporting roles with special praise going to David Johansen, who is perfect as the cigar chomping Ghost of Christmas Past.
All the ghostly visitations are really neatly worked in, with the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come a particularly clever creation - its emergence from a bank of TV screens is especially effective. True story.
Scrooged is easily the finest Christmas comedy of all time, and deserves to be watched every year without fail. Working in reverse to the source material, Ebenezer Blackadder is a kind and generous man whose saintly nature is taken advantage of by all and sundry. Humbug, Mister Baldrick?
For many years, this was the only feature film version of A Christmas Carol I was aware of. However, even after seeing the various other adaptations, the Muppets' vibrant take on the story is still up there with the best. Michael Caine is superb as a mean and moody Scrooge with a heart of stone.
Another fairly ropey animation that suffers considerably from being rather badly synced.
The good people at Jetlag Productions can rest safe in the knowledge though that they are still nowhere near as bad as that god awful version. That really was the benchmark for bad animation. Anyway, here Bob Cratchit is unwisely rebranded as a bumbling fool and old Scrooge has for some reason become a squawking nutter. When Tim Curry looks back over his career, I doubt somehow that this charmless and bland animation will be up there with his finest moments.
This version is peppered with some truly awful songs and the supposedly poignant moments between young Scrooge and Belle particularly sugary and cringe worthy. Also, for no particular reason, Scrooge now has a dog. The dog performs no function. Patrick Stewart plays his Scrooge as more of an arrogant and aloof businessman than anything else - much more fearsome than he is loathsome.
A most ill-advised definitive declaration in the title of this one. Even more strangely, there is for some reason a couple of mice involved who are beloved by the kids at the hospital and who follow Scrooge around on his adventures, trying to nudge him towards reading a letter written by Belle pleading for leniency.
I have no idea why they felt adding all this in was worthwhile. Daniel appears as confused as we are. After all, like us, he's not had the benefit of Marley having dropped by to put all this into context.
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But the exchanges between him and Grudge are so top heavy with UN propaganda and pro-isolationist rhetoric - the latter being clumsily scripted to show the absurdity of such a stance - that you find yourself in the strange position of not being sure whether you should reach for the mistletoe or a missile. And so we follow Grudge through his Christmas's past and present and on to the future which, as it transpires surprise, surprise , is a post-apocalyptic future where the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, played by Robert Shaw, can't tell Grudge what year they've arrived in because no-one saw the necessity for calendars " As Grudge stands amongst the ruins of the Town Meeting Hall, we are treated to an appearance by the late, great Peter Sellers who - in a scene that is reminiscent of Dr Strangelove which Sellers had made earlier that year and had then managed to fit a heart attack into the narrow gap between the two projects - plays a demagogue who calls himself the "Imperial Me" and who is carried in aloft by his adoring disciples whilst the assembled mob scream hysterically in a manner not unlike the screaming fans that greeted the arrival of the Beatles on American soil that year!
As the final credits roll, you feel utterly drained, as you mutter to yourself that you will try to be a better human being. But, all joking and cynicism aside, Carol For Another Christmas does have a certain nostalgic charm about it and the performances from the various actors are gripping, albeit depressing. You can also watch several clips at the Turner Classic Movie Channel. The editing is a little dodgy in this , animated, re-telling of the story, but it does have a gloomy atmosphere that is not out of keeping with the book, and the Scrooge we are introduced to at the beginning is a delightfully unpleasant incarnation.
There is a bizarre moment early on when Fred, Scrooge's nephew, turns up at the counting house and, for some reason, feels it necessary to burst into song, accompanied by a full orchestra playing from somewhere deep within the depths of Scrooge's counting house! Since it's the only musical number in the whole programme, you can't help wondering if he did it simply to annoy his crotchety old uncle even more! Scrooge, however, gives as good as he gets and responds with a rasping musical retort, only to be rebuked, in song again, by Fred and his hidden orchestra.
At which point, Bob Cratchit - who, by the fawning look he gives him seems to have developed a massive crush on young Fred - interjects with a half-hearted handclap and an encouraging "here, here," whereupon Scrooge brings the ditty to an abrupt halt, and, presumably out of concern for Bob's blood pressure, musical numbers are banned from the rest of the film. Marley's ghost is particularly spooky, albeit Scrooge seems to black out several times throughout the visitation and, during his conscious moments, manages to, mysteriously, materialise in different parts of the room with such seamless dexterity that it's a wonder the ghost doesn't get fed up of trying to focus on him, call it quits, and tell him to stay miserable for the rest of his life.
All in all though, this version makes a good effort at re-telling the story, and its target audience - of which, given the fact is was made in , I was one - would, no doubt, have loved it. We'd had Oliver and Pickwick and so the time seemed right to give Dickens Christmas classic the full razzle-dazzle musical treatment - they had a head start with this one since Dickens had, after all, written it in staves as opposed to chapters.
Thus Scrooge, in the robustly miserable form of Albert Finney, waltzed onto the screen, accompanied by a cast of all singing, all dancing, classically trained authentic working-class cockneys. The sets really do capture the flavour of Victorian London, although I suspect there would have been a little less singing and dancing in the more poverty stricken parts of the 19th century Metropolis. Alec Guinness drops in as an, initially, quite camp Jacob Marley. In fact, he enters the room with such a convincing mince that you fully expect Scrooge to enquire "are you free Mr. Marley" and then await a spectral "I'm free.
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Edith Evans appears as the Ghost of Christmas Past - evidently having forgotten to change out of her Lady Bracknell or Miss Western costumes from previous movies - and playing the spirit as such a sweet old dear that your first thought is that it's the woman from the Gainsborough films topping up her pension in her dotage. Kenneth More turns in a splendidly jocular portrayal of the Ghost of Christmas Present and proceeds to get Scrooge so drunk on the milk of human kindness which looks suspiciously like red wine that it's a wonder he doesn't wake up on Christmas Morning with the mother of all hangovers and proceed to throw up all over the little boy he shouts down to from his bedroom window.
In this adaptation we even get a brief glimpse of the face of Christmas Yet To Come I won't spoil the surprise who proceeds to give Scrooge an almighty shove, which sends him toppling into his own open grave and plummeting into the pit of hell you know it's hell because the entire set is painted red where we're treated to one of the most surreal sequences ever to have appeared in a film version of a Dickens classic. In a break with the book, and, for that matter, with other film versions, Marley returns and tells Scrooge that he is to become Lucifer's clerk, whereupon a line of hooded, burly, toned and topless male demons, with oiled bodies, proceed to wrap a chain around Scrooge, binding him to a post.