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The Definitive "A Christmas Carol" Adaptation

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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   Chris Farmer

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Posted December 22 2004 - 04:27 PM

Alright, so there are an absolute gajillion of them (has any story been adapted into a movie more times?), but which rendition do you consider to be the best cinematic version of Dickens' Christmas classic?

#2 of 36 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted December 22 2004 - 04:30 PM

I actually consider the 1984 TV production (Starring George C. Scott) to be the best adaptation. It has the right blend of humor and darkness, as well as a wonderful performance by Scott. Not to mention the production values are excellent for a TV movie. ADD: I completely forgot to mention Mickey's Christmas Carol. While it's only a little under half an hour, it's a fantastic adaptation. I finally got around to watching it on the 2nd Mickey in Color "Treasures" set and I forgot how great it was.

#3 of 36 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted December 22 2004 - 04:31 PM

I think the Patrick Stewart one is the only one that truly lingers in despair. It doesn't make great viewing, but it's one of the most involving.

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Posted December 22 2004 - 05:01 PM

Most Joyous: 1938 MGM Version Best Visual Look: Albert Finney Musical "Scrooge" Best Kids' Version: Muppet Christmas Carol Best Portrayal of Scrooge: 1951 Version Most Faithful: 1984 Scott Version ....I don't think there is a definitive one. It depends on what mood you are in...all take liberties with the story. If you want to watch the version most like the book, go with the 1984 version. If you are watching for the performance of the actor portraying Scrooge, go with the 1951 Sim Version. The 1938 version is very short, but full of the Christmas spirit, so to speak.

#5 of 36 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted December 22 2004 - 05:14 PM

The most faithful version I've ever seen is Patrick Stewart's one-man stage show, because it uses Dickens' actual text. The made-for-TV movie version is, sadly, a pale imitation. I've often wondered whether Stewart's performance (in which he plays all the parts) could be translated to film. My personal favorite is Bill Murray's Scrooged, which holds up surprisingly well. M.
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#6 of 36 OFFLINE   Ernest Rister

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Posted December 22 2004 - 06:11 PM

Top 5 Best of All Time 5. Mr. Magoo's A Christmas Carol 4. The Jetsons Christmas Carol 3. The Flintstones Christmas Carol 2. An All Dogs Go to Heaven Christmas Carol and the absolute best of all time... 1....the version starring W. C. Fields as Scrooge, Paul Lynde as Bob Cratchit, Edith Bunker as Mrs. Cratchit, Humphrey Bogart as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Peter Falk as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Inspector Clouseau as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Richard Nixon as Jacob Marley, Truman Capote as Tiny Tim, Groucho Marx as Fezziwig, Johnny Carson as Fred, Jimmy Stewart as Scrooge's Boss, John Wayne and George Burns as the Solicitors, Jack Benny as the Boy in the Street, and more! I speak - of course - of that astounding achievement in human arts known simply as "Rich Little's A Christmas Carol"

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Posted December 23 2004 - 12:24 AM


Scrooge (1951)


Mickey's Christmas Carol

I do think the most underrated is the 1938 version.
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Posted December 23 2004 - 02:10 AM

My favorite is the 1970 musical version starring Albert Finney as Scrooge. Wonderful performances all around, and the songs give just the right mood all along the way.

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Posted December 23 2004 - 02:45 AM

Hands down, the best two are SCROOGE/A CHRISTMAS CAROL from 1951 and A CHRISTMAS CAROL from 1984. I'll pretty much watch any version (don't like the cartoons though) but the worst one EVER is the recent musical version on NBC with Kelsey Grammer, the worst Scrooge performance of all time. Simply unwatchable.

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Posted December 23 2004 - 03:16 AM

We've had this discussion over at my board,


I think the best overall movie is Scrooge (1951), but I think George C. Scott is the best Scrooge. That 1984 TV movie is actually very good.

I too love Mr. Magoo.

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Posted December 24 2004 - 10:56 AM

Absolutely. Funny funny film, yet surprisingly moving at times (the guy that freezes to death), and quite scary. It's just perfectly executed. One of my favourite Christmas films, period.

#12 of 36 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted December 24 2004 - 12:02 PM

I can't say which is the definitive one haven't seen them all, but this is my favorite.

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Posted December 24 2004 - 01:41 PM

Another vote for the 1951 Alistair Sim version. Honourable mention for the 1970 Albert Finney version and Bill Murray's updating of the story. For me, the Ghost of Data Past wrecks Patrick Stewart's version, but it's a valiant telling of the story. I like the sound of his one-man show version, which must have been something like Dickens' own readings of the tale.
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#14 of 36 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted December 25 2004 - 04:38 AM

And another for the ’51, Alistair Sim version.
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#15 of 36 OFFLINE   Chris Farmer

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Posted December 25 2004 - 07:49 AM

Guess I really need to see the '51 version, and Scrooged should probably go on that list as well. I've seen the '70 musical, Mickey Mouse, and Muppet versions.

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Posted December 25 2004 - 09:38 AM

Without a doubt, the 1984 version wins by a landslide. George C. Scott's powerful performance as Scrooge makes this the winner. From top to bottom, this is a top-notch cast. Throw in excellent production values and you have a winner.

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Posted December 25 2004 - 10:35 AM

Gotta side with the George C. Scott 1984 version, and I've seen most of them. Scott created a realistic portrayal of Scrooge as a cold cynical man whose life is transformed. The lesser parts are impeccably cast and great effort was expended in fidelity to the book in dialogue and appearance. I most recall Angela Pleasance as the Ghost of Christmas Past; she was the most accurate embodyment of the spirit I've seen in film, neither young nor old, etherial with a fire burning over her head that Scrooge finally snuffs out.
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Posted December 25 2004 - 12:41 PM

Ok, no definitives but love: Patrick Stewart's One Man Stage Show.. which is phenomenal to watch.. Muppet's Christmas Carol is my favorite to watch with the kids, and has a lot of heart. The George C. Scott version is very good.. I think this thread might be better focused by saying "What version of Christmas Carol to avoid? Because man, are there some stinkers..
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Posted December 26 2004 - 08:37 AM

I own eight versions of the story on film, and I don't really care for Mr. Magoo or the Rankin/Bass effort "The Stingiest Man in Town." In fact, I think it is their weakest holiday special.

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Posted December 26 2004 - 04:22 PM

I tend to like the "fun" versions of the story, so I usually go with "Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Scrooged". Jason

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