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A Christmas Carol

95 min
Drama | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
David Hugh Jones
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1999-12-05
Filming Locations: Kirby Hall, Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant
A Christmas Carol
Patrick Stewart
Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge
Joel Grey
The Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian McNeice
Mr. Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves
Mrs. Cratchit
Desmond Barrit
The Ghost of Christmas Present
Bernard Lloyd
Marley's Ghost
Dominic West
Fred (Scrooge's nephew)
Trevor Peacock
Old Joe
Liz Smith
Mrs. Dilber
Elizabeth Spriggs
Mrs. Riggs
Kenny Doughty
Young Scrooge
Laura Fraser
Celia Imrie
Mrs. Bennett
John Franklyn-Robbins
Roger Frost
Edward Petherbridge
Leagh Conwell
Boy Caroller
Rowland Stirling
Child Scrooge
Josh Maguire
Boy Scrooge
Rosie Wiggins
Fran Scrooge
Matthew Cottle
Dick Wilkins
Annette Badland
Mrs. Fezziwig
Michael Green
Eli Fezziwig
Charlotte Brittain
Marigold Fezziwig
Lynn Ferris
Daisy Fezziwig
Holly Hutchings
Lily Fezziwig
Tom Towndrow
Peter Cratchit
Zoe Timmins
Belinda Cratchit
Tabitha Francis
Young Girl Cratchit
Barnaby Francis
Young Boy Cratchit
Claire Slater
Martha Cratchit
Ben Tibber
Tiny Tim
Bruce Alexander
Mr. Bennett
Crispin Letts
Topper Haines
Annabel Mullion
Emily Bowley
Helen Coker
Pooky Quesnel
Leanne Howard-Williams
Daniel Booroff
Tim Potter
The Third Spirit
Gawn Grainger
First Broker
Roger Hammond
Second Broker
Stephen Moore
Third Broker
Claire Adamson
Joe Jones
Caroline's Husband
Billy Seymour
Turkey Boy
Jack Chissick
Debbie Chazen
Fred's Maid
Will Howes
Boy on Carriage (uncredited)
Eric Jorrin
Sailor (uncredited)
Did you know?
The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them.
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Liz Smith played Mrs. Dilber in both the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol (1984) starring George C. Scott, and the 1999 version of A Christmas Carol (1999) starring Patrick Stewart.
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When Scrooge sees his classmates in the past he calls out "There's Toby Veck!" This is a reference to the character Toby Veck, the protagonist in the Dickens story 'The Chimes'.
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In the snow scenes outside Scrooge's old school, swifts are heard but these migratory birds arrive in May and leave in August.
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At the end of Scrooge's visit to the Cratchit's during Christmas Present, Tiny Tim starts singing "Silent Night" which is then taken up by others in various scenes. Originally a German-language hymn written in Austria, it was not translated into English until 1863, a full 20 years after Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol".
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When Scrooge is back visiting his apprenticeship Christmas party, a sideways view of the musician playing the large serpentine wind instrument shows a large black mouthpiece hovering in front of his mouth, whereas moments earlier, from the front, it was a real gray trumpet-like mouthpiece actually attached to the instrument.
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Mrs. Cratchit: [talking about Scrooge and Christmas] He'll be about as merry as a graveyard on a wet Sunday.
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Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge: Fred? I-It's I. It's your Uncle Scrooge. I've come to dinner... will you have me, Fred?
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Bob Cratchit: I was wondering if you'd like Mr. Marley's name removed from the sign outside.
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What is the weird wind instrument being played by the musician at Fezziwig's Christmas party?
It's an obsolete wind instrument called a serpent.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for A Christmas Carol can be found [link=]here[/link].
What is 'smoking bishop'?
At the end of the movie, Scrooge tells Cratchit that they will discuss his affairs over a bowl of 'smoking bishop', meaning a wassail bowl filled with warm, mulled wine.
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Photos from cast
Richard E. Grant Jeremy Swift