A Christmas Carol

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways.
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Rotten Tomatoes:
69 min

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Coo, governor, that was a slide.

- It was good, wasn't it?

- I should say.

You beat the record, that's what you did.

Did I, now?

Look at Albert.

He fell!

- Don't you like sliding, son?

- Yes, sir. It's great sport.

Come on then. Try and beat my record.

No, thank you, governor.

I'm not very good at running.

Here. Get up on my back.

We'll show them how to slide.

Thank you, sir.

- What's your name, youngster?

- Tim, sir. Thank you, sir.

- Well, come on, Tim. Here we go.

- Thank you.

We'll really do this slide.

We'll make a record together.

Here we go now!

Hold tight.

There we are. Wasn't that lovely?

It was wonderful.

It made my stomach all wobbly-like.

- Yes. We're a team, that's what we are.

- I don't suppose you ever fall down.

- Like Albert.

- Fall down?

Who, me? No.

- Well, sir?

- I am sorry, governor.

I didn't mean to hit you, sir.

Please don't be angry with him, sir.

He's my brother.

In that case,

I've only one reason to be angry.

He broke my record.

- What's your name?

- Cratchit, sir. Peter Cratchit.

He's my brother, Tim Cratchit.

- Not Bob Cratchit's sons?

- Why, yes, sir.

I know your father well.

In truth, I was on my way

to his place of work when we met.

Maybe he'll take the message for us, Pete.

As you'll be seeing him, sir,

you might do me the favor...

of giving him this list of things

my mother wants him to fetch.

- Certainly.

- It's very nice of you to do that, sir.

Not a bit of it, Peter.

I'm more than willing.

Well, that is jolly.

Don't you two lads want to see

your father? And on Christmas Eve, too?

It ain't that we don't want to see

our own father, sir.

It's the man our father works for

we don't want to see. Mr. Scrooge.

I don't think he's very fond

of small boys, sir.

Yes. I understand.

You see, I knew Mr. Scrooge...

when I was a small boy. He's my uncle.

Come on now, Bob.

Aren't you going to wish me

a merry Christmas?

Mr. Fred, I am sorry. When you came in

and stood there like that...

I thought it was your uncle.

A merry Christmas, sir.

A merry Christmas to you, Bob,

and to your family.

I've already paid my respects

to part of your brood.

Peter and Tim, their names were.

They asked me to give you this list

from their mother.

Thank you. They shouldn't have made it

an errand for you.

I was pleased to do it.

It's cold in here.

You think we could have some coal

on the fire?

Oh, yes.

It's against the regulations, isn't it?

Mr. Scrooge doesn't like to waste coal, sir.

I foresaw that and provided for it.

This'll make the place less bleak.

- What might that be?

- It's a wine bottle.

A cheering, warming, goodly wine.

A wine that'll race through your veins...

with little torches. It's port, Bob.

The fifth essence of the Christmas spirit.

But we haven't got a glass.

I'll get one from Mr. Scrooge's office.

- What is this?

- Cough medicine.

Yeah, I thought so.

We will.

- We will have some more coal.

- Good man, Bob.

Come on now, Bob.

Let's drink a loving cup. You sweeten it.

- Another merry Christmas, Mr. Fred.

- Yes.

A merry Christmas to you, Uncle.

God save you.


Christmas, humbug?

Uncle, I'm sure you don't mean that.

Humbug I said, and humbug I mean.

Merry Christmas.

What right have you to be merry?

- You're poor enough.

- What right have you to be dismal?

- You're rich enough.

- Humbug.

Now, Uncle, don't be cross.

What else can I be

when I live in such a world of fools?

Merry Christmas.

What's Christmastime, but a time

for paying bills without money?

A time for finding yourself a year older

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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. Cliffhanger endings in his serial publications kept readers in suspense. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features. His plots were carefully constructed, and he often wove elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha'pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell, G. K. Chesterton and Tom Wolfe —for his realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters. more…

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