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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
  • PG
  • 1h 40m
  • 1984
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Beautifully staged retelling of the Dickens classic with a memorable interpretation of Scrooge by Scott. Handsomely filmed in Shrewsbury, England. Script by Roger O. Hirson. Above average.
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Common Sense Says
Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in A Christmas Carol, the granddaddy of morality tales, Dickens' timeless material looks unglamorously at 19th century English life and shows us how wrong turns, if not righted, can lead good people astray. This adaptation originally premiered as a TV movie in 1984. The music dramatically complements a finely adapted script. Delivered dryly, the humor hits its mark; you can't help laughing at Scrooge's expense. Despite the valuable message, this version may be too dark and frightening for some. There's plenty here for the entire family to enjoy, and even shed a few tears over. But the scenes are bleak. Glimpses of desperate families and sickly children. A once bitter and resentful man anguishes over the pain he's caused others. Glimpses of a tortured childhood place partial blame for Scrooge's condition on an uncaring father.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:December 17, 1984
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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