The Man Who Invented Christmas

Synopsis: The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.
Director(s): Bharat Nalluri
Production: Bleecker Street
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


[people chattering]

[young woman]

Oh, hurry up, Mr. Dickens!


Hey, I paid 50 cents for this!

- Come on, Dickens!

- [man 2] Come on, Charley!

[chattering continues]

[man 3]

We want Charles!

[man 4]

I want to see Charles!

[man 5]

Where is Dickens?

- [chattering continues]

- [crowd clapping impatiently]

[Charles's voice]

My dear Forster,

how can I give you

the faintest notion

of my reception

here in America?

- [knocking]

- [man] Five minutes. Five minutes.

Of the crowds that pour

in and out the whole day,

of the people that line the

streets when I go out.

[crowd chanting,



Places, please. Places!

Hello, Charley.

Of the balls, dinners,

speeches, parties,

assemblies without end.

There never was a king or emperor

upon the earth so cheered.

[orchestra playing fanfare]


Tonight, live on stage...


- [man] the great magician of our time...

- Ready.


whose wand is a book!

The Shakespeare

of the novel.

The people's author.

- The great and marvelous Boz!

- [audience cheering]

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mr. Charles Dickens!

- [orchestra continues playing]

- Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

Thank you! Thank you!

[man] Look, it's him!

It's really him!


- [man] Hey there, Boz!

- [woman] Whoo!

Dear friends! Dear friends!

You have welcomed me to your country

with such open arms that I fear I...


- [orchestra continues playing]

- [cheering continues]

[orchestra fades]

[Charles's voice]

Americans are friendly,

earnest, hospitable,

kind, frank, accomplished,

warm-hearted, fervent,

and... enthusiastic.

I can't wait to get home.

- [bell tolling]

- [dog barking]


on cobblestone]

[horse whinnies]

- [bird wings fluttering]

- [exhales]


[discordant notes]

- [single chord]

- [knocking on door]

- [exhales]

- [discordant notes]

Mrs. Fisk,

I have told you repeatedly

not to disturb me

when I am working.

[discordant notes]

Oh, I beg your pardon, sir.

Only, Mr. Forster is here.


Yes, of course.

As you can see,

Mr. Forster,

we're having all-new

wallpaper put in, French,

new doors,

new door knocker,

new roller blinds

for the windows,

new bookcases in the

library, a new chandelier,

all chosen by Charles,

of course.

And the staircase is

to be painted green.

- Though not too dull a green, Signor Mazzini.

- Ma certo. S, capisce.

- [chuckles]

- You know how Charles is.

- Only the best for Mr. Dickens.

- Yes. [chuckles]

Mr. Forster,

if you'll allow me,

how do things stand between

you and Miss Wigmore?

Oh, splendid,

Mrs. Dickens.

In fact, I intend

to ask her to bestow upon me

the greatest happiness

a man can ever know.

- [clears throat]

- Well, to marry me.


Oh, I'm very glad

to hear that.

Forster! Forster, Forster, Forster.

So sorry!

I completely lost track

of the time.

- Shall we?

- Charles.

- You need to pay Signor Mazzini.

- Hmm?

For the parlor mantle.

- How much?

- Seventy-five pounds.


What's it made of, gold?

Carrara marble, Signor.

Finest quality.

No gentleman

would accept less.

No? Well, quite.

[clears throat]

Well, I will have the money for you

when I return, Signor Mazzini.

Good day, Mrs. Dickens.

Good day, Mr. Forster.

[Mazzini chattering

in Italian]

Ah! Come in!



little strangers!

[children] Bye!

- Say good-bye to Mr. Forster, children!

- Bye!

- I'll hail us a cab.

- What? No, it's a waste of money. We'll walk.

It's damned expensive

being a gentleman.


this meeting...

- Aye! I know my job.

- Good.

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Susan Coyne

Susan Coyne is a Canadian writer and actress, best known as one of the co-creators and co-stars of the award-winning Slings and Arrows, a TV series which ran 2003–06 about a Canadian Shakespearean theatre company. In 2006, she won two Gemini Awards for her work on the show, one for best performance in a supporting role and one for best writing for a dramatic series (shared with her fellow co-creators, Bob Martin and Mark McKinney). In 2007, she again won for writing, but lost to co-star Martha Burns in the acting category. She has been nominated for four Writers Guild of Canada awards, in 2006 and 2007 and 2015, and won three. She wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film,The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. Other television writing credits include Mozart in the Jungle, The Best Laid Plans, and L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. A veteran of the Toronto theatre scene, she acted for several seasons at the Stratford Festival, was one of the founding members of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and is currently a playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre. Her two best-known plays are Kingfisher Days, an adaptation of her critically acclaimed memoir of the same name, and Alice's Affair. The edition of this memoir that was published in America was titled In the Kingdom of Fairies. It recounts her experiences in the summer of 1963 at her family's summer cottage on Lake of the Woods. She is also known for her translations of Anton Chekhov. Coyne also appeared in the Fernando Meirelles adaptation of the Jose Saramago novel, Blindness. Coyne comes from a prominent Canadian family: she is the daughter of James Coyne, a former governor of the Bank of Canada, the sister of journalist Andrew Coyne and the cousin of constitutional lawyer Deborah Coyne. She attended the St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, as did her acting colleague Martha Burns. In 2017 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General for her contributions to Canadian theatre, film and television as an actor and writer. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and was married to Canadian actor/director Albert Schultz. They have two children. more…

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