A Christmas Carol DVD

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  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, with Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern, George Cole, Rona Anderson, John Charlesowrrth, Glyn Dearman, Clifford Mollison, and Patrick Macnee
  • Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Producer: George Minter
  • Languages: English
  • Release Date: 10/15/08
  • Run Time: 86 mins.
  • Screen Format: FS
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region Code: A
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A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge-- the scrooge of all scrooges, a man with a heart as cold as ice and an unhealthy sense of greed. The miserly old businessman pinches his pennies, mistreats his poverty stricken assistant Bob Cratchet, and generally tries to stamp out the Christmas spirit everywhere he walks. When he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, as well as the ghost of Christmas Past, the ghost of Christmas Present, and the ghost of Christmas Future, however, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a whirlwind journey of his life and is taught the true meaning of generosity and the Christmas spirit. This classic film brings to life Charles Dicken's beloved story in A Christmas Carol. With a talented cast including Alastair Sim and Mervyn Johns, A Christmas Carol shines as a holiday favorite for the entire family.

The Story

The story begins on a cold Christmas Eve in London, England. Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Alastair Sim), a shrewd businessman, is also known for his cruel, miserly, greedy, unkind, impatient, unforgiving ways and his complete hatred of everything joyful-- especially Christmas. It has been seven years since the death of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern) and since that day Scrooge has grown only more greedy and hateful. On this crisp Christmas Eve Scrooge is feeling particularly hateful toward the world. First, he refuses the Christmas dinner invitation from his nephew Fred (who, unlike his cold-hearted uncle, is brimming with Christmas spirit and joy). Then, Scrooge refuses to donate a single coin towards providing Christmas dinner for the poor. Then, to put the plum in the Christmas pudding, he refuses to allow his freezing assistant Bob Crachit (Mervyn Johns) another piece of coal in the fire. Poor Bob Crachit is the overworked, underpaid assistant to Scrooge. The poverty-stricken man works day in and day out with little pay to put a tiny bit of food on the table for his starving family, which includes a little cripple boy named Tiny Tim (Glyn Dearman). That night, as Scrooge from A Christmas Carol settles into his large house, he is visited by the ghosts of his dead partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas future. Brought face to face with his life and potential future, Scrooge must make a choice to either remain the man he is, or change. Will he open up his heart to generosity and the Christmas spirit, or will the ghosts' warnings go unheeded?

Charles Dickens And A Christmas Carol

The beloved classic story of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Christmas ghosts was written by the English Author Charles Dickens in 1843. Born in Portsmouth, England in 1812 Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, was forced to quit school at the early age of twelve and work in a factory because his father had been sent to debtors prison. His mother and six younger siblings joined his father in prison, and Charles was left to make his own way in the world while trying to pay off his father's debts. After many years working in appalling conditions, Charles Dickens managed to obtain some more schooling and by May of 1827 was working as a clerk for an Attorney. One year later the young man (who obsessively read and taught himself) had become a freelance reporter. In 1833, at the age of twenty-one, Dickens sent his first story to a magazine. This landed him a job as a political journalist. In 1836 the would-be author of A Christmas Carol published his first set of sketches. Dickens went on to be a very successful British author. His works such as David Copperfield, Little Dorit, and A Christmas Carol brought the plight of the poor into the eyes of the public and called for reform. By far, however, his holiday story A Christmas Carol is a favorite around the world.

Valuable Themes

Besides being a classic holiday story, the film A Christmas Carol holds many valuable themes and lessons viewers of all ages can learn from. Scrooge is a wonderful model of what not to do. Thankfully, his heartless, cruel, unkind manner is portrayed in a bad light, and he receives consequences for his poor life choices. Crachit's compassion and kind heart is applauded. From the film A Christmas Carol viewers can learn that kindness, compassion, and generosity will ultimately make you the happiest in life, and that Christmas joy and good cheer cannot be halted no matter what kind of grump or Scrooge may try to stamp it out.


Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol is the perfect film to remind viewers of all ages the importance of generosity and good cheer year round-- not just during the Christmas season. His own lesson is a reminder to remember to look beyond your own interests and help those around you-- no matter how great or small their need. Whether introducing your family to a great Christmas classic, or reliving a holiday tradition the classic holiday film A Christmas Carol will entertain viewers of all ages, while instilling important lessons and values in their hearts. Grab a cup of cocoa and settle down to see the story of Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and the Christmas Spirits brought to life.

A Christmas Carol has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. This film received the "Family Approved" award for all ages from the Dove Foundation. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but the classic film A Christmas Carol is generally considered appropriate for most audiences.

If you enjoyed the classic story A Christmas Carol based on Charles Dickon's book by the same name, then perhaps you will also enjoy a twist on the classic tale in the film An American Christmas Carol, the same beloved story line with a few twists set in twentieth century Depression era New England.

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