Scrooge (1970)





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Movie Info

Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968's Oliver!, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens' 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge features several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bona fide hit "Thank You Very Much." Buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is Ebenezer Scrooge. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge's life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Bricusse
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
National General Pictures



as Ebenezer Scrooge

as Marley's Ghost

as Ghost of Christmas P...

as Ghost of Christmas P...

as Jenkins

as Fred, Scrooge's Neph...

as Mrs. Cratchit

as Mrs. Fezziwig

as Fred's Wife

as Fred's Friend

as Kathy Cratchit

as Woman Debtor

as Ghost of Christmas F...

as Toyshop Owner

as Portly Gentleman

as Portly Gentleman

as Woman Debtors

as Punch and Judy Man

as Well Wisher

as Party Guest

as Goose Boy

as Urchin

as Child
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Critic Reviews for Scrooge

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

A misbegotten musical adaptation of Dickens' much too perennial tale.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even Scrooge's fingernails are dirty, and while I don't think that Dickens intended to equate greed with unwashed hands, he probably would not have objected.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Scrooge works very nicely on its intended level and the kids sitting near me seemed to be having a good time.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Unlike the great musicals, where you might find yourself humming a tune a few days later, with Scrooge, you'll be lucky if you remember the name of one of the songs a few hours later.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

This musical Scrooge is great for kids.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Scrooge

The story is five star but the songs are pedestrian and dull and drag the film down. The George C. Scott version is still the gold standard.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A wonderfully different version of A Christmas Carol. A 34 year old Albert Finney, takes on the role of Scrooge. For the most part he hits every single note. He's bitter and twisted, but also is shown having some enjoyment. As the film progresses, it's easy to see the fairly natural change. The songs aren't great nor memorable, but they do move the story forward. There is one classic, that we get to hear twice "Thank you very much." which has enough power to get you moving and dancing in the Christmas spirit. This song alone is used brilliantly in the film, being used first as an example of very dark humor, before taking on it's kinder meaning later on. The performances are nice, even if Guiness does seem to be pulling his performance from a different production. Some of the effects are very dated, with The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, being a wasted and hardly scary prop.The scenes in hell are a little different, but also confusing. Marley doesn't seem to hate the place that much. This is a very nice adaptation that stands out from the others.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Scrooge is a holiday favorite shoved down my throat from an early age by my mother. If I didn't see this and it didn't stick (those songs were really catchy) I'd give it only 3 stars. But because nostalgia plays a big part in my opinion of this movie I've got to give it 3 1/2 stars. Albert Finney does a great job but Alec Guinness steals the show. Scrooge is definitely worth a watch if musicals don't make you want to puke up a dozen organs, but otherwise go hit up Alastair Sym.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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