A Christmas Carol

1999

A Christmas Carol

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Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) stars as Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who gets his terrifying comeuppance when he imagines he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and taken on a life-altering journey. Spellbinding special effects, a star-studded cast and a timeless holiday story make this brilliant presentation of Dickens' classic the most heartwarming, compelling and powerful adaptation ever filmed.

Cast

Patrick Stewart
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Richard E. Grant
as Bob Cratchit
Ben Tibber
as Tiny Tim
Joel Grey
as First Spirit
Ian McNeice
as Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves
as Mrs. Cratchit
Desmond Barrit
as Second Spirit
Bernard Lloyd
as Jacob Marley
Dominic West
as Fred Bowley
Liz Smith
as Mrs. Dilber
Kenny Doughty
as Young Scrooge
Celia Imrie
as Mrs. Bennett
Tim Potter
as Third Spirit
Roger Frost
as Clergyman
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  • Dec 24, 2016
    Well done for a Hallmark production, but it does not measure up to the George C. Scott version.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2010
    Stewart may not look the part, but his sounding of it (man, I love that voice) and masterful ability to embody it more than makes up for this. Of course, that's only the beginning, as the film features total honesty to the original tale and is of a very fine production. Still, there is the aformentioned strange choice of casting and the occasional slow part. In spite of this, the film is a high quality TV film to give you that real cenimatic feeling, or at least until that Christmasy feeling comes along.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    I thought Patrick Stewart was an odd choice for this role. It was kind of weird!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    I'm an admirer of Patrick Stewarts enormous body of work for stage, TV and film, and this version of A Christmas Carol is no exception. This 1999 production spun from his very successful one man show of A Christmas Carol, and they simply added a fine supporting cast to make this version complete. It hones very close to the book, and portrays the various ghosts as Dickens described: Joel Gray is interesting as the wispy Ghost of Christmas Past, and other familiar stage and screen British actors round out the cast. The movie was originally made for television, and the smaller budgets for a TV film certainly show up. However, this is balanced by Patrick Stewart, who growls and grumbles his way in fine Shakespearian style through the character of Scrooge. Of all the Scrooges portrayed, Stewart is probably the most cranial of the actors that have done the role. He's got all the tones of light, dark, and gray that a classically trained actor ought to use with a character like Scrooge. His face is wonderfully expressive - one of his real strengths as an actor. The Cratchits (Richard E Grant) and the various supporting characters all support his fine performance with equal gusto. Best of all, the story doesn't descend into overdone holiday sentiment, so for those looking for a slightly darker tone to the film, this might be the right one to see. The special effects for the supernatural sequences are pretty good for a TV movie, (Turner Broadcasting) with one or two minor exceptions. Scrooge's journeys with the spirits are a nice blend of reminiscences and guilt. Likewise, his eventual redemption seems real enough, and is embodied in the church sequence. The Dickensian atmosphere is strong here, and hasn't been dumbed down for purposes of understanding. The lines are largely lifted right from the pages, and luckily, the actors are all up to the task of speaking in "Victorian". A good one. Not as iconic as Alistair Sim, or as coldly practical as George C. Scott, but one of my top 3, for certain.
    Mark K Super Reviewer

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