Scrooge

1970

Scrooge

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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.

Cast

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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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (5)

  • Finney's performance as cold-hearted Scrooge is a professional high-water mark.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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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…
  • An overly made-up Albert Finney stars in this adaptation of the Dickens tale and gives the impression he'd be happier somewhere other than on the palpably phoney Shepperton sets.

    Nov 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrooge

  • Jan 02, 2017
    If the overall thrust of the original novel gets a bit lost, the spirit of Dickens' story is captured in the movie's odd digressions and Finney's weird but undeniably brilliant performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2011
    This was one of the Christmas films I watched repeatedly when I was a child and the songs have stuck in my head ever since (especially 'Thank You Very Much'). I watched it again last night for the first time since then and was immediately transported back to my youth. It's one of my favourite versions of the story and I love the look of the film (it looks very similar to the set of 'Oliver!') Finney was only in his 30's when he played the role but apart from when you see him in the flashbacks you would never guess as he plays the role brilliantly and copes well with the little singing he has to do (he does what Judi Dench does and convinces with the emotion of the songs rather than trying to 'sing it'). I also like the little additions to the story the film puts in like the night flight with Marley and the nightmare scene in hell with the large chain. There were some scenes in here that terrified me as a kid (e.g. the aforementioned flight with Marley and the shock skeleton appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Future) but now looking at it there is also a lot of humour, mostly coming from Guinness' Jacob Marley. Overall a Christmas favourite and a great reminder of my own Christmas past.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    Adding music to the classic Dickens Christmas story doesn't hurt it in the slightest, and Albert Finney is fun to watch in his role as the man you love to hate. The music, while not memorable, adds a nice break from the usual gloom of the Christmas Carol films. It's not intended to be realistic, and instead it highlights part of the story very differently from a straight film version. It cleverly uses the music to change the tone pre-and-post redemption, especially the song 'Thank You Very Much'. Since music is a traditional part of the holiday, the inclusion of music in the film helps the overall feeling of cheer, even if some of the songs are rather dragged out. The movie departs from the book in several ways. The inclusion of the 'hell' sequence is a novel approach, although not really necessary for showing what's going to happen to Scrooge, he's already seen his own death several times. Finney shines the brightest in his redemption of several Scrooge adaptations, but some of the other characters have good moments. Sir Alec Guinness has a good time spooking Scrooge as Marley's ghost. The pacing is a little uneven, with the frequent bursts of song, but if you like musicals, this one is very different, from the traditional musical treatment, really more like a play with music.
    Mark K Super Reviewer

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