Synopsis: In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas; loathes people and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population; runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob's family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of Christmas Future shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general.
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director(s): Ronald Neame
Production: National General Pictures
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

"Glory to the new born king!"

"Peace on earth and mercy mild,"

"God and sinners reconciled."

"Joyful all ye nations rise,"

"Join the triumphs of the skies,"

"With angelic hosts proclaim,"

"Christ is born in Bethlehem."

"Hark the herald angels sing,"

"Glory to the new born king!"

Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.

This must be distinctly understood

or nothing wonderful can come of

the story l'm going to relate.

The registry of burial was

signed by Scrooge

and Scrooge's name was good

on the London Exchange

for anything he chose

to put his hand to.

Ah, Mr. Scrooge.

Your servant, sir.

Are you off home to keep Christmas?

l am not in the habit of

keeping Christmas, Sir.

Then why are you leaving so early?

Because, Sir, Christmas is in habit of

keeping men from doing business.

Come it's the nature of things

that ants toil and grasshoppers

sing and play, Mr. Scrooge.

An ant is what it is, and

a grasshopper is what it is,

and Christmas, Sir,

is a humbug, good day.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Mr. Scrooge, Sir.

- Who are you?

Samuel Wilkins, Sir.

Oh yes, You owe me a little matter of

twenty-odd pounds, l believe.

Well if you want to pay it, come

to my place of business.

l don't conduct my affairs in the

teeth of inclement weather.

l - l can't pay you, Sir.

l'm not surprised.

Not unless you give me more time.

Did l ask you for more time

to lend you the money?

Oh, no, Sir!

Then why should you ask me

for more time to pay it back?

Can't take me wife to a debtors' prison.

Then leave her behind.

Why should she go to a

debtors' prison anyway?

She didn't borrow the twenty pounds,

you did.

Eh, ...what does your wife

got to do with it?

For that matter, what have l

got to do with it? Good afternoon.

But, Mr. Scrooge, it's Christmas!

Christmas has even less to do with it, my

dear sir, than your wife has or l have.

You still owe me twenty pounds and

you are not in the position to repay

if it was in the middle of a heat wave

on August bank holiday. Good afternoon.

"Holy infant so tender and mild,"

"Sleep in heavenly peace."

Be off with you!


Have l the pleasure of addressing

Mr. Scrooge or Mr. Marley?

Mr. Marley has been dead these seven years.

ln fact, he died seven years ago

this very day.

Well, we have no doubt that his

generosity is well represented

by his...surviving partner.

At this festive season of the year,

Mr. Scrooge,

it is more than usually desirable that

we should make some slight provision

for the poor and destitute.

Are there no prisons?

Plenty of prisons.

And the union work houses,

are they still in operation?

They are.

l wish l could say they were not.

And the Treadmill and the Poor Law,

they're still in full vigor, l presume?

Both very busy, Sir.

Oh, from what you said at first

l was afraid that something had happened

to stop them in their useful course.

l'm very glad to hear it.

l don't think you quite

understand us, Sir.

A few of us are endeavoring to raise a

fund to buy the poor some meat and drink

and means of warmth.


Because it is at Christmas time, that want

is most keenly felt.

and abundance rejoices.

Uh, what can l put you down for?

Ha! ... nothing.

You wish to be anonymous?

l wish to be left alone.

Since you ask me what l wish, Sir,

that is my answer.

l helped to support the establishments

l have mentioned.

Those who are badly off must go there.

Many can't go there.

And some would rather die.

lf they would rather die,

they'd better do it

and decrease the surplus population.

Besides, it's not my business.

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Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is an English composer, lyricist, and playwright, most prominently working in musicals and also film theme songs. more…

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