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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Clive Donner (1984)

U Certificate


Our Score
George C Scott was in towering form in this handsome adaptation of Dickens's yuletide favourite. Rather than settling for easy reformation, Scott's Scrooge gives the ghosts as good as he gets and has to be dragged away from ideals forged during a difficult youth. Unfortunately, the members of a stellar supporting cast lack Scott's rigour and, with the notable exception of Roger Rees, turn in sentimentalised caricatures that dishonour both the source and the star. However, director Clive Donner laudably avoids cheap visual effects and makes atmospheric use of his Shrewsbury locations.


Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is given a Christmas Eve to remember when a quartet of ghosts - his dead business partner and the spirits of Christmases past, present and future - turn up determined to cure him of his money-grubbing ways. Adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, starring George C Scott, Nigel Davenport, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, David Warner, Edward Woodward and Susannah York.

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge George C Scott
Silas Scrooge Nigel Davenport
Marley's Ghost Frank Finlay
Belle Lucy Gutteridge
Ghost of Christmas Past Angela Pleasence
Fred Holywell Roger Rees
Bob Cratchit David Warner
Ghost of Christmas Present Edward Woodward
Mrs Cratchit Susannah York
Tiny Tim Anthony Walters
Mr Fezziwig Timothy Bateman
Ghost of Christmas yet to come Michael Carter
Director Clive Donner
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Other Information

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


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