Scrooge (U)

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Time Out says

Surprisingly, there isn't a film version of the Dickens novella which merits the imprimatur 'classic'. The Muppets had a good stab at it, and Bill Murray was well cast in the otherwise scattershot Scrooged. On the plus side, this version is cast like an engraved illustration: Thesiger, Johns, Hordern, Harrison, Malleson, Baddeley and, above all, the splendidly aloof Sim, who feasts on Dickens' best lines ('I expect you want the whole day off tomorrow?'), greets each new ghost with a weary shiver, and handles his giddy rebirth with aplomb. A jobbing director who knew how to point a camera, Hurst never betrayed much facility for cutting or movement. He stages the action competently, but the transitions between scenes are so choppy you wonder where the ads are. Add to this a prosaic adaptation by Noel Langley which gets bogged down in the backstory (the relatively dull visitation from the ghost of Christmas Past which explains how nice Ebenezer - a bashful Cole - fell from the path of righteousness), some rather depressed-looking spirits, and the cringeworthy sentimentality of the Tiny Tim scenes, and you have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug'.
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Rated:

U

UK release:

1951

Duration:

86 mins

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John

A very good version of "A Christmas Carol," especially with the performance of Alistair Sim. As the Time Out reviewer said, the movie could have dwelt less on the past. Also, Tiny Tim wasn't so "tiny." The final scene where Scrooge attempted to pick Tiny Tim up but couldn't was hilarious.

KEL

By far the best version of this classic story. Sim is fantastic! (patrick Stewart is fab in this role too!) Lovely christmas film. If you don't like it, perhaps you need to be visited by 3 spirits!!!!!! Total Classic!!!!!

KEL

By far the best version of this classic story. Sim is fantastic! (patrick Stewart is fab in this role too!) Lovely christmas film. If you don't like it, perhaps you need to be visited by 3 spirits!!!!!! Total Classic!!!!!

Matt Bryant

If you don't think that the Alastair Sim version of Scrooge is a classic, then perhaps you should stick to reviewing video games. It's still a family favourite and it was an amazing film when it came out. Time for you to take time out and get a new job I'm afraid.

Matt Bryant

If you don't think that the Alastair Sim version of Scrooge is a classic, then perhaps you should stick to reviewing video games. It's still a family favourite and it was an amazing film when it came out. Time for you to take time out and get a new job I'm afraid.