Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
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Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens' classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim (entitled "Scrooge" in its U.K. release). Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge in life and has been condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"You have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug.'"
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama."
‑ , Total Film
"The classic book brought to life."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"If I dare to say it, a more dramatically successful work than Dickens's novella."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"What we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood Carol is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"One of the handful of best Christmas movies ever made."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Of the many film versions, this one from 1951 with Alastair Sim as Scrooge is the most faithful to the spirit of the book."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Other Christmas Carols need not apply."
‑ Leah Beth Reisman, Entertainment Weekly
"At a reasonably short 85 minutes, this is nevertheless a complete experience, and the strength and depth of its drama makes it the most memorable of any adaptation of the tale."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a renewed sense of seasonal goodwill to all men."
‑ Monika Maurer, Empire Magazine
"For many decades, this 1951 production was considered to be the best adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and it is easy to see why: it features excellent production values and a wonderful performance by Alastair Sim as Scrooge."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Moves through a brisk 86 minutes with just enough time to linger on poignant moments."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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