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[[caption-width-right:235: GeorgeCScott as Ebenezer Scrooge.]]

-> I decided that he was the loneliest man in the world, and that's how I played him.
-->-- '''George C. Scott''' on his [[http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue04/features/georgecscott5.htm interpretation of Scrooge]]

''A Christmas Carol'' is a 1984 made-for-TV film adaptation of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the novel of the same name]]. Directed by Clive Donner, it stars GeorgeCScott as Ebenezer Scrooge.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Scrooge's father might be his FreudianExcuse, even though to his credit, Scrooge never relies on it to justify his behaviour.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: Ebeneezer initially is prepared to dismiss Marley's appearance as this.
* AdaptationExpansion: The touching scene where Scrooge comes to Fred's house to accept his invitation for Christmas dinner at last, fearful that he would be rejected, only to find he needn't have doubted Fred's love.
* TheAloner: Scott's interpretation of Scrooge.
* BrokenTears:
** Bob Cratchit, briefly, in the vision of Christmas Yet to Come.
** Scrooge, when he brushes the snow off the gravestone and his worst fear is confirmed.
* ChristmasCarolers: Right before Marley shows.
* CreepyChild: Ignorance and Want.
* CruelToBeKind: The motivations of the three spirits and Marley, Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present in particular, since they can talk and are not above a lot of snarking.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The Ghost of Christmas Present.
** The Ghost of Christmas Past can also be snarky, and even cruel.
* DeathByChildbirth: Scrooge's mother died giving birth to him, leading to a troubled relationship with his father.
* DyingAlone: Scrooge's fate without the HeelFaceTurn.
* DontYouDarePityMe: When Belle's husband tells her about Scrooge working alone and miserable, she's quite saddened by the life he made for himself. Ebenezer snaps that he doesn't need her pity before Christmas Past helpfully reminds him that she can't hear.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: The man Belle ended up marrying after leaving Scrooge looks just like his past self.
* GoodIsNotNice: The three spirits have Scrooge's best interest at heart, and could be considered "good," but in no way are they "nice."
* HappilyMarried: Belle marries a kindhearted man and has many children.
* HappyDance: Scrooge dances around his room in delirious happiness once he realises he still has time to change his life and avoid all the misery he would otherwise have caused.
* HeelFaceTurn: The entire purpose (and result) of Marley and the Ghosts' visits.
* IllBoy: Tiny Tim, at least if Scrooge had not made his HeelFaceTurn.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Tiny Tim is the kind that exists to be a shining example of virtue [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth and then die]], although Scrooge's change of heart saved him from the second half of that.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: One of Belle's reasons for leaving Scrooge. She realises that the now-mercenary Scrooge will regret marrying a girl without fortune.
* KickTheDog: The exchange between Scrooge and Tiny Tim at the beginning of the film:
-->'''Tiny Tim: ''' (''As Scrooge comes out of the office into the freezing cold'') Merry Christmas, Mr Scrooge!
-->'''Scrooge: '''Don't beg on this corner, boy.
-->'''Tiny Tim: '''I'm not begging, sir, I am Tim - Tim Cratchit. I am waiting for my father.
-->'''Scrooge: ''' [''snorts''] Tim Cratchit? Hm. Then you will have a long wait, won't you?
-->'''Tiny Tim: '''Merry Christmas, sir.
-->'''Scrooge: ''' (''Walking off'') Humbug.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present do not waste a single opportunity to blast Scrooge for his cruelty, delusions or stupidity. Past especially seems to especially enjoy taking the piss out of him.
* LightIsNotGood: Played with. The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present are surrounded with light, but they are not by any means soft characters. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has light, but it is of the subdued, bluish variety. Past has the most light; the further into Scrooge's journey we go, the more the light dissipates.
** LightIsGood: But the Spirits are also there for a decidedly good purpose; their diminishing light is, perhaps, symbolic of Scrooge's own [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil diminishing morality and/or hope of salvation]].
* MoodWhiplash: At least twice. We go from hearing carolers to hearing Marley's creepy voice as Scrooge walks home. Then, in Christmas Present, we go straight from Fred's family Christmas party to a deserted part of London, where a family with two kids is living on the street.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Scott simply neutralises his own American accent. It works in favour of the film by {{avert|edTrope}}ing the distraction of a FakeBrit.
* NothingIsScarier: The Ghost of Christmas Future is hooded, silent, and usually seen from a distance or by shadow. The only hint of its body we see is one of its hands, which has unusually long fingers.
** A similar case happens with its seeming lack of arrival. Marley tells Scrooge that the third ghost "will come in his own due time", instead of the previous 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock pattern. Scrooge is not even returned to his bedroom when the Ghost of Christmas Present leaves, causing him to fear that the third ghost might not even appear and that Scrooge has been left to freeze.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Ghost of Christmas Present ends up delivering this to Scrooge.
-->'''Ebenezer Scrooge''': You use my own words against me?\\
'''Ghost of Christmas Present''': Yes! So perhaps, in the future, you will hold your tongue until you have discovered where the surplus population is, and WHO it is. It may well be that, in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than MILLIONS like this poor man's child.
* ThemeTuneCameo: ''God Bless Us Everyone'' is among the various songs the ChristmasCarolers sing. Perhaps it's simply SuspiciouslyAproposMusic in-universe.
* TimeshiftedActor: Mark Strickson, fresh off his run on ''Series/DoctorWho'', plays Young Scrooge.
* TheVoiceless: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn't speak, but every time it "responds" to Scrooge, a weird metallic wail (possibly meant to evoke the screech of a graveyard's gate) is heard in the background.
-->'''Scrooge''': You're devilish hard to have a conversation with.
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