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Which version of CHRISTMAS CAROL is this?

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Rob Gardiner

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Posted May 18 2004 - 03:36 PM

Live action, color. I'm pretty sure it was feature length but I must have seen it on TV. Scrooge's greed is symbolized by the "debt book" he carries around with him, detailing the money everyone owes him. At the end of the film, he tears the pages out of the book and throws them into the wind, to the cheers of the townspeople.

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Mark Oates

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Posted May 18 2004 - 11:40 PM

It could be any version of the story: Scrooge (1970) Musical starring Albert Finney - the townspeople start singing "Thank You Very Much" when he tears up the book. There's the George C Scott version for tv from 1984; the 1999 tv version with Patrick Stewart (no ripping up the book in that one, AFAIR); the 1992 Muppet one with Michael Caine and of course there is a disgustingly colorized version of the 1951 definitive version with Alistair Sim. I'd put my money on the 1970 Albert Finney one. ("Thank you very much, thank you very much, that's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me. It may seem rather strange, but viewing his remains...")
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#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Phil Carter

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Posted May 19 2004 - 03:58 AM

I can verify that it wasn't the George C. Scott version since that is one of my favorite Christmas films and I watch it several times every year. There's no book or tearing of pages in that version. cheers, Phil
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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted May 19 2004 - 04:26 AM

I think Mark's probably right when he says the Albert Finney version. I've seen all those he listed except the Finney version, and I've never seen Scrooge ripping up a book in any of them.
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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Rob Gardiner

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Posted May 19 2004 - 04:53 AM

Thanks, everyone. I know it's not the Patrick Stewart version or the Muppet version and I'm 99% sure it wasn't colorized. It looks like ALBERT FINNEY is the winner. Posted Image

According to IMDB, the title of the film is actually "SCROOGE". Paramount released a DVD last fall for the low low price of $15.

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