A Christmas Carol 1984

A Christmas Carol 1984 is a television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' popular 1843 novella. It was intended for by Clive Donner (who had been an editor on an earlier film version of the story, 1951's Scrooge) and stars George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge.
 
A Christmas Carol 1984 film's plot: Ebenezer Scrooge is a suspicious and disillusioned old man whose greatest concern is money, and who regards compassion as a luxury he cannot afford.

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner, who, as an outcome of his greed and mistreatment of the poor, is doomed to walk the earth forevermore, never to find rest or peace, fettered in chains of his own sins.

Marley arranges for Scrooge to be visited by three spirits in an attempt to show him the errors of his ways and avoid the same horrid afterlife the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and future.

The spirits force Scrooge to examine the failings of his own life, as well as the bravery and optimism of his loyal but ill-treated employee Bob Cratchit. Scrooge reforms, learning to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in his heart, ultimately becoming a well-loved and respected man.

Movie Review: This eighties adaptation of Dickens' a Christmas Carol was filmed in Shrewsbury with George C Scott in the lead. He is so outstanding in his representation of Scrooge that you tend to fail to remember about anyone else in the movie - there is David Warner as Bob Cratchit, Edward Woodward as the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present, and Roger Rees as nephew Fred, but they are overshadowed. The one character who does get to stay in the memory is Jacob Marley.

Other versions of the tale - the musical 'Scrooge'; the 1950s version starring Alistair Sim - have concentrated on the lighter side of the tale to the detriment of Dickens' purpose and message. This adaptation allows Scrooge to give as well as he gets and also leaves the bulk of the film extremely bleak, as it should be. A Christmas Carol is a perfect film to watch during Christmas.