A Christmas Carol & Scrooge

by bkekakis | created - 20 Dec 2016 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

All the movies based on classic story of Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843; the first edition was illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols, as well as new customs such as Christmas trees. He was influenced by experiences from his own past, and from the Christmas stories of other authors, including Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Dickens had written three Christmas stories prior to the novella, and was inspired to write the story following a visit to the Field Lane Ragged school, one of several establishments for London's half-starved, illiterate street children. The treatment of the poor and the ability of a self-interested man redeeming himself by transforming into a more sympathetic character are the key themes of the story. There is discussion among academics as to whether this was a fully secular story, or if it is a Christian allegory. Published on 19 December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve; by the end of 1844 thirteen editions had been released. Most critics reviewed the novella positively. The story was illicitly copied in January 1844; Dickens took action against the publishers, who went bankrupt, reducing further Dickens's small profits from the publication. He went on to write four other Christmas stories in subsequent years. In 1849 he began public readings of the story which proved so successful he undertook 127 further performances until 1870, the year of his death. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages; the story has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera and other media. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens captured the zeitgeist of the mid-Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday. He has been acknowledged as an influence on the modern Western observance of Christmas and inspired several aspects of Christmas, such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit.

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1. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 10,172 | Gross: $5.68M

2. A Christmas Carol (2012)

82 min | Drama

On the anniversary of Jacob Marley's death, his business partner Ebenezer Scrooge finds unwelcome company in the form of three spirits from Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. If he ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Figgis | Stars: Karl Argue, Vincent Fegan, Peter Figgis, Neill Fleming

Votes: 90

3. Ebenezer (1998 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western

A Wild West retelling of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol," with Scrooge as a land baron, gunfighter, and card cheat who is visited by three spirits who attempt to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Ken Jubenvill | Stars: Jack Palance, Ricky Schroder, Amy Locane, Albert Schultz

Votes: 223

4. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Movie)

43 min | Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 11,298

5. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 18,448

6. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 11,172

7. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,633

8. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 7,618

9. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 8,401

10. Scrooge (1935)

78 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Mary Glynne

Votes: 1,711

11. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 79,444 | Gross: $60.33M

12. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,885 | Gross: $27.28M

13. Christmas Carol (1978 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In this one-man show starring Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Rich as W.C. Fields) hates Christmas, and it's up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Rich as Humphrey Bogart)... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Evans | Star: Rich Little

Votes: 257

14. A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Love Hewitt

Votes: 1,630

15. Ms. Scrooge (1997 TV Movie)

G | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy

A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Michael Beach, John Bourgeois

Votes: 343

16. A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Fantasy

A remake of the Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol" featuring a very nasty pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, John Taylor, Brian McNamara

Votes: 1,059

17. All American Christmas Carol (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

A white-trash mom is visited by three ghosts intent on showing her a path to a brighter future.

Director: Ron Carlson | Stars: Taryn Manning, Beverly D'Angelo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Eddie Jemison

Votes: 452

18. An American Christmas Carol (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Henry Winkler, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 1,011

19. A Christmas Carol (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Moira Armstrong | Stars: Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Lee, Patricia Quinn

Votes: 317

20. Ebbie (1995 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Fantasy

In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.

Director: George Kaczender | Stars: Susan Lucci, Wendy Crewson, Ron Lea, Molly Parker

Votes: 616

21. A Christmas Carol (2000 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An unscrupulous loan shark who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Ross Kemp, Warren Mitchell, Liz Smith, Michael Maloney

Votes: 349

22. The Christmas Carol (1949 TV Short)

Not Rated | 25 min | Drama, Short, Fantasy

Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Vincent Price, Taylor Holmes, Patrick Whyte, Robert Clarke

Votes: 230

23. A Christmas Carol (2015)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

When the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge receives ghostly visitations one fateful Christmas Eve, he is shown the error of his ways.

Director: Anthony D.P. Mann | Stars: Colin Baker, Charline Cleaver, Heidi L. Dennis, Andrea Hiltz

Votes: 49

24. Old Scrooge (1913)

40 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who tries to help him change his selfish ways and redeem his soul by showing ... See full summary »

Director: Leedham Bantock | Stars: Seymour Hicks, William Lugg, Leedham Bantock, J.C. Buckstone

Votes: 85

25. A Christmas Carol (1910)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits.

Directors: J. Searle Dawley, Charles Kent, Ashley Miller | Stars: Marc McDermott, Charles Ogle, William Bechtel, Viola Dana

Votes: 478

27. Scrooge & Marley (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Family, Music

Scrooge & Marley is a modern variation on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility with heart, comedy & music, the magic of Dickens' timeless tale of a man's redemption comes alive from a fresh perspective.

Directors: Richard Knight Jr., Peter Neville | Stars: David Pevsner, Tim Kazurinsky, Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch

Votes: 70

28. It's Christmas, Carol! (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

The story of driven, heartless, publishing executive Carol Huffler, who on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of her former boss, Eve. Eve tells Carol that she has lost sight of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carrie Fisher, Olivia Cheng, Tygh Runyan

Votes: 642

29. Carry on Christmas (1969 TV Movie)

50 min | Comedy, Family

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sid James) makes the life of his clerk, Bob Cratchit (Bernard Bresslaw) a misery. A visit from the spirit of Christmas Past (Charles Hawtrey) warns him that he will ... See full summary »

Director: Ronnie Baxter | Stars: Sidney James, Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques

Votes: 187

30. Carol for Another Christmas (1964 TV Movie)

84 min | Drama, Fantasy

Daniel Grudge, a wealthy industrialist and fierce isolationist long embittered by the loss of his son in World War II, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who lead him to reconsider his attitude toward his fellow man.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Percy Rodrigues, Sterling Hayden, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer

Votes: 657

31. John Grin's Christmas (1986 TV Movie)

50 min | Family

A present-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

Director: Robert Guillaume | Stars: Robert Guillaume, Ted Lange, Roscoe Lee Browne, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 23

32. A Christmas Carol (II) (2018)

Fantasy

A contemporary retelling of the timeless Dickens tale, given a Scottish make-over. It explores the transformation of Scrooge.

Director: David Izatt | Stars: Bonnie Wright, Rebecca Hanssen, Sarina Taylor, Stuart Brennan

Votes: 78

33. Scrooge in the Hood (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

Charles Dickens' classic heart warming tale...not really. The Jewish mafia has decided to steal Scrooge's whoring business and ruin the holidays; all the while Scrooge is visited by the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Chandler | Stars: George Raynor, Tina Krause, Seregon O'Dassey, Peter Morse

Votes: 58

35. Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Daniel Smith

Votes: 326

36. Karroll's Christmas (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy

Allen Karroll hates Christmas ever since his ex-girlfriend humiliated him in front of thousands of people one Christmas. As a man who writes greeting cards for a living, this proves to be a... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Wallace Shawn, Verne Troyer, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 521



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