A Christmas Carol (1984)


  • DIRECTED BY: Clive Donner
  • STARRING: George C. Scott, David Warner, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward
  • OPINION STARS: 5 out of 5
  • THIS FILM IS: Thoughtful, Poignant, Witty
DESCRIPTION: On Christmas Eve, a bitter and lonely old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge (Scott) is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
  • VIOLENCE & GORE: 0/10
NOTE: Based on the book by Charles Dickens. If you can look me in the eye and tell me there’s a better version of A Christmas Carol than this, I have just one thing to say to you: “Bah, humbug!” You also deserve to be boiled in your own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through your heart. This is the ultimate adaption of Dickens’ classic tale, full of charm, wit, and bona fide spookiness (you might want to think twice about watching it with youngsters). So listen up, Hollywood, because we don’t need any more remakes. Keep your Jim Carrey and Patrick Stewart – they’ve got nothing on George C. Scott. Keep your newfangled special effects – the ones in this film work just fine and they’re twenty years old. Keep your grubby hands off Dickens’ story – this movie treats it with respect. You haven’t surpassed it yet, Hollywood, and there’s no way you ever will – so you might as well not even try.
  • FOR AGES 10+

“I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link and yard by yard. Is its pattern strange to you or would you know the length of the strong coils you bear yourself? It was as full, as heavy, as long as this seven Christmas Eves ago, you have labored on it since, it is a ponderous chain!”


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5 Responses to A Christmas Carol (1984)

  1. Not to be provocative or anything, but my personal favorite actually has Michael Caine (am I spelling that right?)–The Muppet Christmas Carol. 😉 It’s not a perfectly reverent adaptation, but it’s been a family favorite for years, so it’s special to me. 🙂 And you can’t argue that Caine ain’t a good actor!

    • Hey, no worries – that’s one of my favorites, too. I just don’t think of it as an “adaption” per se; kinda sorta based on the book, yes, but it’s really a Muppets movie. Which is fine with me. 🙂

      And no, I would never call Caine a bad actor. He’s one of the best. 🙂

  2. You are very right. I have a few friend who are horrifically brainwashed into think the Patrick Stewart one is the best. If only the poor souls could see the light….

  3. Seth says:

    I’m with you on this. We don’t need no more Scrooges. Nobody says “Mister Cratchit!!!” like George.

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