** A Christmas Carol (1984)

Entertainment Partners Limited

George C Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward, Michael Carter, David Warner, Susannah York,  Anthony Walters, Roger Rees, Caroline Langrishe, Lucy Gutteridge

Ebenezer Scrooge is an grouchy old miser who says humbug to Christmas.  Scrooges partner Jacob Marley has been dead 7 years this Christmas Eve.  Jacob’s ghost comes back to visit Scrooge and warn him of what will happen to him if he does not change his ways.  Jacob is dragging very long and heavy chains and says he cannot rest because of the awful things he has done by putting money first.  He tells Scrooge that he will be visited by 3 ghosts who will show him the errors he has made and what will become of him.  Scrooge unwillingly follows along and sees his past, present, and future.

George C Scott’s version of A Christmas Carol was shot for TV, and in a way is more of the feeling of a play than some of the other versions.  However Mr. Scott can shake you to your bones as the mean and angry Ebenezer, mad at everyone.  This is a very close to the original short story version of this tale that has been done so many times, and in my opinion, one of the best.  This one and the Patrick Stuart version about 15 years later are 2 of the very best modern versions of this story.  The strength of this version rests directly on George C Scott’s acting ability.  It is amazing in the transformation from miserable old miser to joyful little child.  Using very little elaborate sets and special effects, it uses the words of Dickens with the acting ability of the cast to tell a remarkably riveting version of this story.  Well worth watching and one of the 2 or 3 very best versions of Scrooge ever filmed.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog


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