Taglines: What the Dickens have they done to Scrooge?
In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas; loathes people and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population; runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night.
The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of Christmas Future shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general.
Scrooge is a 1970 Technicolor musical film adaptation in Panavision of Charles Dickens’ 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and starred Albert Finney in the title role. The film’s musical score was composed by Leslie Bricusse, and arranged and conducted by Ian Fraser.
With eleven musical arrangements interspersed throughout (all retaining a traditional British air), the award-winning motion picture is a faithful musical retelling of the original. The film received limited praise, but Albert Finney won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy in 1971. The film received four Academy Award nominations.
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Starring: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve, Paddy Stone, Kay Walsh
Screenplay by: Leslie Bricusse
Production Design by: Terence Marsh
Cinematography by: Oswald Morris
Film Editing by: Peter Weatherley
Costume Design by: Margaret Furse
Art Direction by: Robert Cartwright
Music by: Leslie Bricusse
Distributed by: National General Pictures
Release Date: November 5, 1970