Scrooge [DVD] [1970]

  • SKU: 13568025
  • Release Date: 09/23/2003
  • Rating: G
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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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 22)

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Scrooge
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Albert Finney
    Albert Finney - Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Alec Guinness
    Alec Guinness - Marley's Ghost
  • Edith Evans
    Edith Evans - Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Laurence Naismith
    Laurence Naismith - Mr. Fezziwig
  • Michael Medwin
    Michael Medwin - Fred



Overall customer rating

4.8
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Scrooge movie production worth seeing!

    Posted
    Xmas
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    Albert Finney's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge makes you believe he REALLY is "Mr. Scrooge...I presume." I hate musicals as much as Mr. Scrooge hates people, but not this musical...it works well, especially when celebrating Christmas and the gift of giving. This 5th of November 1970 movie (release date) version of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story is one of my favorites. It takes you on a journey, nearly two hours worth, offering an alternative approach to understanding who Mr. Scrooge was, is, and will become. How he evolved from a man who by his own proclamation sings, "I hate people, and I don't care if they hate me," to a man who finds out his own meaning and understanding of Christmas, with a little help. He goes from "are there no workhouses," and many a trumpeted "Bah Humbug" phrases to one of redemption. If you haven't already seen this version of the Dickens classic, take a couple of hours this Christmas season to journey back and forth in time along with Mr. Scrooge...this musical adaptation works! And...you'll find your own "merry Christmas' within the storytelling...as does Scrooge himself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Scrooge fkick ever!

    Posted
    DoDaDa4U

    I've seen all of the "Scrooge" movies and this one takes the cake by a long shot! Albert Finney is masterfully convincing of a "real" Eboneezor Scrooge! Spellbounding entertainment for people of all ages! In fact, I first remember seeing this on TV somewhere between 8-10 yrs. old and have looked forward to seeing it every year around Christmas up to 44! Now I can enjoy it anytime I feel the need to go on a journey without leaving home! The musical numbers are quite good as well, especially "Thank You Very Much"......kinda' sticks with ya! ;-) If you have a heart, you'll love this movie, if you don't have a heart...you will after watching this! I promise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Simply awful

    Posted
    LACS

    I can't believe the good reviews for this movie. It was terrible! I don't know whose decision it was for Albert Finney to play Scrooge old and dottering, but it makes the character seem whiny instead of mean. The "songs," since this is billed as a musical, are awful. One song went "I like life, life likes me . . . ." Seriously, it's Barney-level composing. If you want a GOOD version of Christmas Carol, which also has some good music, get the George C. Scott version from the late 80s. Excellent. My family watches it every year.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A family tradition to watch this at Christmas

    Posted
    Shadow
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Favorite Christmas Movie

    Posted
    BoDog
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    People are complaining about the long and drawn out music at the beginning that has been removed. I always fast forwarded through it. I still like to hear it from time to time and have it on DVD still so I can, but it doesnt make the Blu-ray a deal breaker to not have it. The picture is better now too, so its a win win for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Musical "A Christmas Carol"

    Posted
    HeatherHG

    This is by far my favorite version of "A Christmas Carol". Albert Finney does a masterful job as Scrooge. If you like musicals, you'll really enjoy this version of the classic tale. All of the songs really stick with you and they're well done!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sentimental Favorite

    Posted
    Scribner

    This was an excellent DVD version of a classic movie made in the late 1960's. This is a sentimental favorite for us and we've always wanted it on DVD. It is a great movie for all the family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    nostalgic for me and my family

    Posted
    DLHuff
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    this is a family perennial Christmas favorite - love the songs/music and dancing. Albert Finney is our favorite Scrooge!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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