In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas?
In just one night, he has seen his past, his present, and his future... and they've all come back to haunt him.
Did You Know?
After Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live, the Ghost utters the words "Man, if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust." Truly powerful writing from Dickens. Not many movies use this passage from the 1843 book. See more
The name of Scrooge's little sister was "Fan," a popular girl's name in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, more frequently lengthened to "Fannie," not "Fran," as it is pronounced in this movie. One would think Stewart would've known better, owing to his familiarity of the book. See more
A man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower.
Although the opening credit sequence is basically the same, the typeface used for the sequence in the "letterboxed" version is entirely different. In this version, the credits are printed entirely in capital letters. See more
Version of A Christmas Carol