What the Dickens have they done to Scrooge?
The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
Albert Finney Edith Evans Kenneth More Laurence Naismith Alec Guinness Michael Medwin David Collings Anton Rodgers Suzanne Neve Frances Cuka Derek Francis Gordon Jackson Roy Kinnear Mary Peach Paddy Stone Kay Walsh Geoffrey Bayldon Helena Gloag Reg Lever Keith Marsh Marianne Stone Molly Weir Richard Beaumont
Charles Dickens: Scrooge
Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" is magical. A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" powered by the melodies of Leslie Bricusse, the film is an enchanting retelling of the holiday classic that looks and sounds sumptuous. Combining evocative production design, an excellent cast, and wonderful songs, "Scrooge" strikes a chord that is charming, heartfelt, amusing, and resonant. It is rich and rewarding cinematic treasure.
A more or less straightforward adaptation of Dickens' novel about economic and human redemption, "Scrooge" finds its miserly protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, visited by four apparitions charged with changing his ways. Those ways, including a strident, conservative approach to life and money, have made Scrooge a lonely but wealthy man who lives in ironic squalor. The progression…
Crying tears of joy! I go back and forth sometimes on which I prefer between this and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But one thing I never waver on is that Albert Finney is the greatest Scrooge I've ever seen. No matter how many times I see this I'm still laughing in awe at the sickness of the first 'Thank you very much' scene haha.
The classic story told through whimsical songs and ending in a euphoric celebration of life itself.
So of course it includes a scene involving Scrooge going to Hell...
A Christmas Carol full of Christmas Carols.
Another rewatch for this Christmas classic musical. Albert Finney is superb as the crotchety Scrooge, looking back to his childhood, young love, and into his bleak future if he doesn't mend his ways.
Edith Evans and Kenneth More have fun as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, Alec Guinness is one of the greatest screen Marleys, and Suzanne Neve, David Collings, Michael Medwin, Anton Rodgers and Laurence Naismith make an impact in smaller roles (Belle, Bob Cratchit, Fred, Tom Jenkins and Mr Fezziwig respectively).
Finney himself was young enough in 1970 to also play the younger Scrooge, which makes the scenes where he is watching his past shadows all the more touching. And the songs, by Leslie Bricusse, are…
Dude just wanted to sleep
We lost Albert Finney this year. What a damn fine actor. And they never gave him that damn Oscar. He was 33 when he played old Scrooge but he is able to invest the character with a believability and pathos that belies his relative youth. The more generous Golden Globe gang gave him one of those for his Ebenezer.
This musical version is not the best A Christmas Carol but it's not half bad either. The rousing (a delirious final five minutes) nestles alongside the cringeworthy (kids, I'm looking at you) but it's almost impossible for this story not to work. It clearly takes its cue from the Oscar-winning Oliver! with its cor blimey cast and massive singalong dance routines.…
Thank you very much! Sentimental it may be but this musical is just the ticket for Christmas morning.
I enjoyed that this version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was both scary, as the ghost story should be, but also entertaining and full of Christmas spirit. This adaptation, I feel, has the best combination of these qualities out of the many versions of the story. As the first musical adaptation of the classic novel there's some great songs that will get stuck in your head, too, but most of all, Albert Finney makes a fantastic Scrooge.
Ah, Ronald Neame's wonderful musical Scrooge; delightfully sentimental, full of toe-tapping (if not that memorable) songs. Albert Finney attacks his Ebenezer Scrooge with glee, from the miserable miser of the first hour, to the ghostly revelations, to the manic and sociopathic reforming zeal of the final sequence, Finney is a delight. As he usually was. Always an interesting actor, if not often a subtle one. He is joined here by the great Alec Guinness, who shines in the wryly horrific Hell sequence, Edith Evans and Kenneth More.
The film sticks fairly closely to Charles Dickens' unimprovable source material, with a few added songs, recreating some of the best lines of the novella; while Ronald Neame (always interesting) directs with his…
"There'll be no peace on Earth with all that blooming noise going on."
The story of A Christmas Carol is so ingrained in the culture that I've never felt compelled to watch any of the straight adaptations of it. A friend recommended this one to me, though, and he did not steer me wrong. I especially enjoyed seeing the four oiled-up, chain-bearing, black-hooded musclemen in Scrooge's vision of Hell. Pity they couldn't stick around longer, but you know there's no rest for the wicked.
Review here: craigjclark.livejournal.com/929129.html
My 2nd Christmas film for this December and what a film to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
Everyone knows the story of Ebby and I didn't realise this film was also a musical. The only gripe I can knock it was the songs, only 2 songs made me tap my feet as the others were just songs with no rhythm.
It's good to see old greats in this and Alec Guinness is a fantastic ghost.
The effects for it's time were incredible and held up well.
For the UK people... Maybe 3 ghosts need to visit David Cameron and one of them should be Margaret Thatcher telling him to enjoy the rest of his life and to help everybody who is English needing support. :-/
THANK YA VERY MUCH
THANK YA VERY MUCH
THAT'S THE NICEST THING THAT ANYONE'S EVER DONE FOR ME
I hope everybody is having a wonderful Christmas Eve!
Not sure the world needed a musical version of this classic take, but here it is.
Delightfully camp, with some performances as wild as the idea of having Christmas in July!
my favourite christmas movie ever
During the first act I was not much excited,however,at the beginning of the second act when the intention is exposed,it made me stay more interested,what was not in vain,the improvement is easily noticeable,it's great follow the Scrooge's journey through the three periods of time,even that for me,it should has dedicated more time to the past and the present,seeing the protagonist redeemed of him mistakes I could realize the approach to the Christmas values,and was impossible not to thrill me,that scenes which the population walks,sings and dances on the streets are incredibly mild,honestly,I wish they didn't end.
I am surprised at how good this 1970 adaptation of the classic Dickens novella really was. It actually looks really great and has some great actors. The settings are all great and it has a nice polish to it. Unlike most, this version is the musical meaning it has a series of songs, all of which are actually really surprisingly good. The best part of the movie would have to be the delve into Scrooge’s past. This movie does a terrific job at making you feel for Scrooge in showing off his past. How do you explain what makes this part so great. It is a really faithful adaptation in almost every regard and even ends with one of the happiest Scrooge revelations.
It's true folks, I also hate and/or loathe people. Whatever you heard is indeed true.
Scrooge fucking goes off in this movie man, really some great numbers in it, even though musicals really are not my thing most of the time. Plus, it has some pretty haunting imagery all over it that elevate it past the usual adaptation of the story, so hats off to the director for that. Not sure why I am reviewing christmas movies all of a sudden but oh well
Stanko Rating: B-
Although this classic oft-told story is very good, it’s often ruined by the mugging and overacting of its normally wonderful Albert Finney trying to act like an old man.
Como eu já disse: Não consigo não gostar de qualquer adaptação desse livro.
Achei as músicas um pouco fracas, tirando a "Thank You Very Much" e a "I love Life", pq essas são de outro nível.
O Ebenezer eu não fui tão fã, o ator dele no caso. Eu achei ele muito jovem pra ser um velho de 70 anos, mas deixa pra lá.
Agora só falta 3 adaptações pra eu assistir.
I probably need to rate this higher. It's heartwarming, sadistic, hilarious, and Christmasy.
My essential Christmas flick
A Christmas classic in the Netzley household.
Finney is marvelous as both old and young Scrooge. Guiness makes for a terrifying Marley.
Not all of the songs are winners but "Thank You Very Much" is a Sondheim-worthy cognitive dissonance between lyrics and context.
Thank you very, very much!
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