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A Christmas Carol (1977)

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.

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Charles Dickens (short story), Elaine Morgan (dramatised by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hordern ... Scrooge
John Le Mesurier ... Marley's Ghost
Bernard Lee ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Patricia Quinn ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Paul Copley ... Fred
Clive Merrison ... Bob Cratchit
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Cratchit
Maev Alexander Maev Alexander ... Fred's Wife
Zoë Wanamaker ... Belle
Stephen Churchett ... John
Will Stampe Will Stampe ... Fezziwig
Christopher Biggins ... Topper
Tricia George ... Little Blonde
John Salthouse ... Scrooge as a Young Man
Veronica Doran Veronica Doran ... Caroline
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Storyline

It's the end of December and professional miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sir Michael Hordern) absolutely despises this time of the year. He thinks Christmas is all a humbug. He doesn't buy his nephew's talk of Christmas being a kind time, thinks it's absolute madness his servant Bob Cratchit (Clive Merrison) wants a day off and sends away collectors of donations for the poor penniless. It's also the time of the year in which his companion Jacob Marley (John Le Mesurier) died seven years ago. When he is all alone, he suddenly sees Marley again, in the door handle, in a tile, a bell suddenly rings. Humbug, thinks Scrooge. But then Marley really appears for him and tells him he should change his life. He warns Scrooge he will be haunted by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past (Patricia Quinn), the Ghost of Christmas Present (Bernard Lee), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Michael Mulcaster). Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Michael Hordern (Ebenezer Scrooge) previously played Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (1951) and A Christmas Carol (1971). See more »

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Version of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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Charming version of a familiar tale
17 December 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

In comparison to longer, more showy versions of Dickens' classic novella, this version from 1977 with Michael Hordern as Scrooge can look a bit underfunded - however, I think that its short length and the quality of its cast outweigh these concerns.

The key of adapting a familiar story is to meet expectations in many ways, and this version does succeed. The visitations of the four spirits (including Jacob Marley), are well done, Bernard Lee as Christmas Present, John Le Mesurier as Marley amongst them. Hordern himself makes a good Scrooge, grey, morose and menacing at the start, and gentle and reformed at the end.

Alongside versions with Alistair Sim, George C Scott, Patrick Stewart, and others, this version more than holds its own.


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