A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

David Jones (3) (1999)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The role of Ebenezer Scrooge invariably attracts quality actors, and Patrick Stewart proves himself worthy company for Alastair Sim, Albert Finney and George C Scott. This TV movie is not the most lavish or inventive adaptation of Charles Dickens's most-filmed tale, but Joel Grey, Desmond Barrit and Tim Potter acquit themselves well as the spirits whose midnight promptings transform Stewart from a penny-pinching curmudgeon into a joyous reveller. There's even a nod towards modernity with the casting of Richard E Grant and Saskia Reeves as the Cratchits. But it's Stewart who holds the piece together, with a performance considerably more subtle than the special effects.

Summary

Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge loathes the Christmas season until, late one night, he is visited by a series of ghosts who intend to change his attitude by showing him visions of his past, his present and the fate that will await him if he continues with his cold-hearted behaviour. Adaptation of Dickens' classic tale, with Patrick Stewart, Richard E Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice, Saskia Reeves, Tim Potter and Desmond Barrit.

Cast & Crew

Mr Ebenezer Scrooge Patrick Stewart
Bob Cratchit Richard E Grant
The Ghost of Christmas Past Joel Grey
Mr Albert Fezziwig Ian McNeice
Mrs Cratchit Saskia Reeves
The Ghost of Christmas Present Desmond Barrit
Jacob Marley Bernard Lloyd
Fred Bowley Dominic West
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Tim Potter
Director David Jones (3)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Available on: Available on video and DVD

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