Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968's Oliver!, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens' 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge features several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bona fide hit "Thank You Very Much." Buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is Ebenezer Scrooge. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge's life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Sir Alec Guinness also appears as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley's Ghost. Intriguingly, Finney performs his many songs live, without post-production dubbing.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Another Scrooge Classic
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I forgot how many different versions of this classic there are. Live action, animated, Muppets, and now a musical. Another one to add to my collection which I enjoyed very much. Now I can have a Scrooge marathon at Christmas. My favorite song from the movie is Thank you very much. This is one you and your family will enjoy. And the blu-ray restoration is beautiful.
Looks fantastic on Blu-ray. I can tell they cleaned it up from its original tape format.
A must have if you Collect Christmas Carol movies.
This 1970s version is a musical. And, one of the best culture movies of all time.
*I know its culture. But,, Parents may want to watch before showing to really young children as there are some scary seanes.
This is an excellent and very enjoyable adaptation, with a very strong lead in Albert Finney, great sets and supporting players, memorable special-effects and song sequences, and a hit in "Thank You Very Much". The Blu-Ray transfer is excellent. It's a shame there are no extra features, but the video quality beats VOD and this is definitely a movie I'd watch again next Christmas season.
My parents took us to see this movie at Radio City Music Hall back in 1970 during the Christmas holidays. Tickets were $3 and included a performance by The Rockettes. It will be 50 years old this year and I consider it the best Scrooge movie of all time. The musical score is second to none!
There have been so many versions of this story that I'm sure everyone has a favorite. However, this version has so many classic touches that it draws you in. The songs are wonderful and are hard to keep yourself from singing along. Finney's transformation into the miserable miser is award winning. No matter what your Christmas movie tradition, this is a special film to be shared with the family.
Every time I watch this film it brings me back to my childhood days of watching it with my brother and friends. It's a different but fun twist to the classic Christmas Carol with catchy tunes and dancing. It's a musical Scrooge. If you're not a fan of plays or musicals.... then you might want to pass.....or it could open your mind to them.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
My favorite Scrooge movie
I generally don't enjoy movies based on A Christmas Carol; however, this one has stuck with me since my childhood.
It is a musical, which makes it far more enjoyable to me. One of the songs is so catchy that I remembered it from watching it with my grandfather and had to hunt this movie down.
It is just as good as I remembered.