Scrooge (1970)



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This is the eighth film version of Charles Dickens' most widely read story that was first published in 1843. This engaging musical by Leslie Bricusse finds Scrooge (Albert Finney) as the parsimonious miser with a heart of stone who hates the revelry of the Christmas holiday. He is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Alec Guinness) who warns Scrooge he will walk the Earth forever tormented if he fails to change his ways. He is visited by three spirits, the ghosts of Christmas Past (Edith Evans), Present (Kenneth More), and Future (Paddy Stone). Scrooge feels compassion for Tiny Tim (Richard Beaumont), the crippled but hopeful son of his underpaid and overworked bookkeeper Bob Crachit (David Collings). Laurence Naismith plays Fezziwig, Scrooge's first boss who showed great kindness and generosity to his employees. Susan Neve makes her film debut as Isabel, the fiance Scrooge jilted to focus on his love for money. Thirteen songs are performed in what has endured to be an annual holiday musical classic.

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Albert Finney
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Alec Guinness
as Marley's Ghost
Edith Evans
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Kenneth More
as Ghost of Christmas Present
Michael Nedwin
as Fred, Scrooge's Nephew
Frances Cuka
as Mrs. Cratchit
Kay Walsh
as Mrs. Fezziwig
Mary Peach
as Fred's Wife
Gordon Jackson
as Fred's Friend
Karen Scargill
as Kathy Cratchit
Molly Weir
as Woman Debtor
Paddy Stone
as Ghost of Christmas Future
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Toyshop Owner
Derek Francis
as Portly Gentleman
Roy Kinnear
as Portly Gentleman
Helena Gloag
as Woman Debtors
Reg Lever
as Punch and Judy Man
Keith Marsh
as Well Wisher
Marianne Stone
as Party Guest
Nicholas Locise
as Goose Boy
Peter Lock
as Urchin
Joy Leigh
as Child
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Critic Reviews for Scrooge

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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 | Rating: 3/5

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

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This musical Scrooge is great for kids.

Jan 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Finney is] the only element of this production that is really up to much good... the film lacks energy or dramatic thrust.

Dec 6, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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
jay nixon

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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.

Luke Baldock
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
Michael Gildea

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The best version of Scrooge available! It's a musical with great settings and special effects. Albert Finney is a great Ebenezer Scrooge. It gets a lot of the historical details bang-on. The Christmas ghosts are truly wonderful, but some of them are scary. It's a musical masterpiece; I'd love to see this at the theatre.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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