A Christmas Carol: the Musical

  • PG
  • Arthur Allan Seidelman (2004)
  • US
  • 87 min
A Christmas Carol: the Musical
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Despite the fact that it was produced by the ever-saccharine Hallmark company, there's something rather crude about this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's story. Traditionalists and those fond of Ronald Neame's spirited Leslie Bricusse-scored Scrooge (1970) will wince at the sight of Jane Krakowski gyrating around Kelsey Grammer's bed as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The shoddiness of the special effects further detracts from any sense of ethereality that has survived the cast's game attempts at singing. There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Jason Alexander, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Geraldine Chaplin, but they're marooned by this poor festive fare.

Plot Summary

Musical adaptation of the classic Dickens seasonal tale. Kelsey Grammer stars as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is shown the error of his ways when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Cast and crew


Ebenezer Scrooge
Kelsey Grammer
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jacob Marley
Jason Alexander
Ghost of Christmas Future / Blind beggar woman
Geraldine Chaplin
Ghost of Christmas Present / Ticket seller
Jesse L Martin
Ghost of Christmas Past / Streetlamp lighter
Jane Krakowski
Chest-in-safe ghost
Patrick David
Young Ebenezer Scrooge
Steven Miller
Grace Smythe
Emily Deamer
Bob Cratchit
Edward Gower


Arthur Allan Seidelman

Other Information

Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Cinema Club