A mixed bag as variations on A Christmas Carol go, this 1970 British musical tells the usual story of Scrooge (Albert Finney) and his spirits on Christmas Eve, although the whole thing is set to music by Leslie Bricusse. Except for Finney's feisty and involved performance, however, there isn't much to recommend this. The songs, which absorb so much of the evolving story line and emotions, are not all that good. Plenty of support, however, from the likes of Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and Dame Edith Evans (Tom Jones), the handsome production is... directed by veteran Ronald Neame (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). --Tom Keogh [show more]
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A musical version of Dickens' famous novel. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney) is so mean-spirited that he resents giving his clerk Bob Cratchit (David Collings) the day off for Christmas. At night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner Jacob Marley (Alec Guinness), who warns him that three spirits will visit him in an attempt to save his soul.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. This is a delightful musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol'. 'Scrooge' is an enchanting tale of the cold, callous and uncompromising Ebenezer Scrooge (Finney) as he undergoes a sequence of events that will change his attitude towards Christmas spirit and goodwill forever. Meet a host of entertaining and captivating characters as Scrooge encounters another realm, the night before Christmas. Marley's Ghost and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future come to life amid a medley of lively songs by Academy Award-winning composer Leslie Briscue (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory). Musical highlights include "You...You", Scrooge's sad contemplation of losing the love of his life and "Thank You Very Much" a catchy musical finale. Throughout the much loved plot Finney gives an inspiring performance as twisted and gnarled Ebenezer Scrooge under the meticulous direction of Ronald Neame. The seasoned cast provide excellent performances as the featured members of the spirit world in this wonderful musical extravaganza that boasts lavish sets, and impressive storytelling to impart perhaps the best adaptation of this tale so far! Actors Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Alec Guinness, Suzanne Neve & Roy Kinnear Director Ronald Neame Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1970 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages Italian, Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono) Subtitles Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Slovenian ; Spanish ; Swedish ; Turkish Duration 1 hour and 57 minutes (approx)