A Christmas Carol

  • PG
  • David Jones (3) (1999)
  • US
  • 89 min
A Christmas Carol
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Adaptation of the Dickens classic tale, starring Patrick Stewart, Richard E Grant and Joel Grey. The extent of Ebenezer Scrooge's mean-spiritedness is put to the test when he is visited by three ghosts.

Cast and 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


David Jones (3)

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG