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Scrooge (1970)


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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

Sep 23, 2003

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

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Scrooge works very nicely on its intended level and the kids sitting near me seemed to be having a good time.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (5)
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This musical Scrooge is great for kids.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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[Finney is] the only element of this production that is really up to much good... the film lacks energy or dramatic thrust.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Director Ronald Neame's well-paced film captures the period beautifully, and the acting is superb, with Finney and Alec Guinness, as Marley's ghost, real standouts.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Thank you very much - for this perennial holiday delight.

April 21, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lovely. Even better than the Henry Winkler version.

April 25, 2004
New Times

Although rather hammy at times, Finney holds the screen throughout.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

One of the more delightful versions

March 21, 2003

A roduction that suffers from its theatrical roots and its need to not only make its antihero see the error of his ways but go way overboard in making up for his past.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comment (1)
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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.
December 10, 2013
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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.
December 24, 2010

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My favourite of the Christmas Carol's. Not that I like Christmas. Humbug!
September 29, 2009

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.
December 21, 2008

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    1. Ebenezer Scrooge: I think I'm going to like children.
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    1. Ebenezer Scrooge: If I could work my will, Nephew, every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips would be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Ebenezer Scrooge: It's a poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December.
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