Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who
convince him to change his uncaring ways and start helping people.
A Christmas Carol (1984)
Directed by Clive Donner
Written by Roger O. Hirson
Starring George C. Scott, David Warner, Roger Rees, Susannah York, Angela Pleasance, Edward Woodward, Frank Finlay
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It's a tale synonymous with Christmas itself, with countless parodies and retellings. Yet, no matter how many times you try to adapt this story to modern times, it never quite measures up to the classic Victorian tale of an old, bitter miser who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. This 1984 TV movie best captures the tone of a Victorian Christmas and you can't really get a better old crank than Academy Award winner George C. Scott.
Scott captures both sides of Scrooge perfectly, from his cantankerous, humbug side to his good-natured kind side following his journey through the past, present, and future. Be it big budget film or small TV movie production, Scott always gave it his all in every performance he gave and his turn as Scrooge is certainly no exception. The supporting cast excels alongside him, especially David Warner as the kindhearted Bob Cratchit and Edward Woodward as the towering Ghost of Christmas Present.
A Christmas Carol will always be the definitive Christmas story, and it's message of goodwill toward men and loving people for who they are will always be relevant no matter what. This version is one of the best adaptations of a story that'll forever be worth telling. This film captures the spirit of Christmas in a way that brings a smile to your face and an air of kindness to your heart.