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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: "What does this party cost in your mortal money?", says the Ghost of Christmas Past at Fezziwig's party. The point, of course, is to show how little money counts in the spirit life.


Clive Donner, who worked as an editor on this film, directed his own version [[Film/AChristmastCarol1984 in 1984]].

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Clive Donner, who worked as an editor on this film, directed his own version [[Film/AChristmastCarol1984 [[Film/AChristmasCarol1984 in 1984]].


Heading the cast are Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley; both would reprise their respective roles in the 1971 animated film ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol1971''. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director, and the screenplay was written by Noel Langley (''Film/TheWizardOfOz''). A young Creator/PatrickMacnee appears as the younger, living version of Jacob Marley.

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Heading the cast are Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley; both would reprise their respective roles in the 1971 animated film ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol1971''.''WesternAnimation/{{A Christmas Carol|1971}}''. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director, and the screenplay was written by Noel Langley (''Film/TheWizardOfOz''). A young Creator/PatrickMacnee appears as the younger, living version of Jacob Marley.
Marley.

Clive Donner, who worked as an editor on this film, directed his own version [[Film/AChristmastCarol1984 in 1984]].

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** This film makes a change very common to adaptations of the story, by including a scene where Belle (here "Alice") and Scrooge fall in love.


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* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Why Scrooge's father abandoned him at boarding school. This is a change from the book where Fan is expressly stated to be Scrooge's younger sister.


Heading the cast are Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley; both would reprise their respective roles in the 1971 animated film ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol1971''. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director, and the screenplay was written by Noel Langley (''Film/TheWizardOfOz'').

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Heading the cast are Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley; both would reprise their respective roles in the 1971 animated film ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol1971''. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director, and the screenplay was written by Noel Langley (''Film/TheWizardOfOz'').
(''Film/TheWizardOfOz''). A young Creator/PatrickMacnee appears as the younger, living version of Jacob Marley.


* IWasQuiteALooker: Scrooge and Marley were quite handsome in their younger days. Oddly enough when we see Alice in the present day, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished she still looks the same]].

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* HonoraryUncle: In the epilogue, Tiny Tim calls Scrooge "Uncle Scrooge."
* IWasQuiteALooker: Scrooge and Marley were quite handsome in their younger days. Oddly enough when we see Alice in the present day, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished she still looks the same]].same, just with slightly grayer hair]].



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: The epilogue shows a fully healthy, crutch-free Tiny Tim running to greet Scrooge in the street.



* TruerToTheText: This movie includes the sequence where Scrooge threatens to swallow a toothpick while talking with Marley, something very few film adaptations do.

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* TruerToTheText: This Even though this movie takes its own set of liberties that other adaptations don't, it still includes quite a bit of dialogue from the book that often tends to be left out. For example, it includes the sequence where Scrooge threatens to swallow a toothpick while talking with Marley, something very few film adaptations do.


* AdaptationDistillation: In this version, the BadFuture saves the men talking about Scrooge's death for last.

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* AdaptationDistillation: In this version, the BadFuture starts with the Cratchits mourning Tiny Tim's death, then moves on to the thieves selling Scrooge's belongings, then saves the men talking about Scrooge's death for last.last. In the book, these happen in the opposite order. This makes our realization that Scrooge is the despised, robbed dead man more gradual, instead of it being fairly obvious from the start.


* AdaptationDistillation: In this version, the BadFuture saves the men talking about Scrooge's death for last.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Jorkin; during Scrooge's past at the Amalgamated Mercantile Society, the ledger registers a liability of 3200 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence ([[OldBritishMoney £3200, 8 / 10 d]]), with assets of 11 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence (£11, 8 / 10d), resulting in a deficit of £3189.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Jorkin; during Scrooge's past at the Amalgamated Mercantile Society, the ledger registers a liability of 3200 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence ([[OldBritishMoney £3200, (£3200, 8 / 10 d]]), d), with assets of 11 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence (£11, 8 / 10d), resulting in a deficit of £3189.


** Adds an extended StartOfDarkness sequence depicting how Scrooge was corrupted by an unscrupulous mentor luring them away from Fezziwig's good influence.

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** Adds an extended StartOfDarkness sequence depicting how Scrooge was corrupted by an unscrupulous mentor luring them away him from Fezziwig's good influence.


* ComicallyMissingThePoint: This exchange on Scrooge's staircase after he catches up with Mrs. Dilber and gives her a guinea:

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: This exchange on Scrooge's staircase after he catches up with Mrs. Dilber and gives her a guinea:guinea.



* DeadpanSnarker: Scrooge.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Scrooge.Pre-reformation Scrooge is full of snark, as is the corrupt businessman Mr. Jorkin.



* MarketBasedTitle: Was released as ''A Christmas Carol'' in some markets.

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* MarketBasedTitle: Was released as ''A Christmas Carol'' in some markets.markets, including the US.



* SarcasticConfession: Mr. Jorkin, when confronted on charges of embezzlement:

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* SarcasticConfession: Mr. Jorkin, when confronted on charges of embezzlement:embezzlement.



* StartOfDarkness: The Christmas Past sequence explores this.

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* StartOfDarkness: The Christmas Past sequence explores this.this in more detail than the book.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with. In the original novel the Christmas Past sequence shows that Belle married someone else and had a family, which is the last we see of her. This adaptation shows her counterpart Alice in the Christmas Present, helping feed the poor on Christmas Day. It's never confirmed whether or not she did have a family.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with. In the original novel the Christmas Past sequence shows that Belle married someone else and had a family, which is the last we see of her. This adaptation shows her counterpart Alice in the Christmas Present, helping feed the poor on Christmas Day. It's never confirmed Day, but whether or not she did have had a family. family is unaddressed.


** Adds an extended StartOfDarkness sequence depicting how Scrooge and Marley were corrupted by an unscrupulous mentor luring them away from Fezziwig's good influence.

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** Adds an extended StartOfDarkness sequence depicting how Scrooge and Marley were was corrupted by an unscrupulous mentor luring them away from Fezziwig's good influence.

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* InformedAttribute: Tiny Tim is supposed to be very ill, but he looks perfectly healthy.


** Later, much older Scrooge has Marley delivering a warning with his last breaths, but it's pretty much over his head. Scrooge even waited until business was over to bother visiting him; his maid incredulously declares "I'll see if I can get him to hold out, I'm sure!"
* AscendedExtra: Mrs Dilber, as noted above, receives more screen time. A lot of adaptations tend to leave her out.
* CanonForeigner: The PredatoryBusiness which buys out Fezziwig is personified by Mr. Jorkin. Jorkin serves as an EvilMentor to Scrooge and Marley both, pairing them up in an ominous scene. He is later caught embezzling from his own banking house; Scrooge and Marley bail him out in return for 51% of the stock share, effectively a hostile takeover. Mr. Jorkin is adapted from Mr. Jorkins, a character from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.

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** Later, much older Scrooge has Marley delivering a warning with his last breaths, but it's pretty much over his head. Scrooge even waited waits until business was is over to bother visiting him; his maid incredulously declares "I'll see if I can get him to hold out, I'm sure!"
* AscendedExtra: Mrs Dilber, as noted above, Dilber receives more screen time. A lot of adaptations tend to leave her out.
time; in the book she's only seen in the future pawning off Scrooge's items.
* CanonForeigner: The PredatoryBusiness which buys out Fezziwig is personified by Mr. Jorkin.Jorkin, adapted from Mr. Jorkins, a character from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''. Jorkin serves as an EvilMentor to Scrooge and Marley both, pairing them up in an ominous scene. He is later caught embezzling from his own banking house; Scrooge and Marley bail him out in return for 51% of the stock share, effectively a hostile takeover. Mr. Jorkin is adapted from Mr. Jorkins, a character from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.



* HeelRealization: Starts when Scrooge describes his old boss Fezziwig, he stops, noting that he wishes he could talk to his clerk, Bob Cratchit.

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* HeelRealization: Starts when When Scrooge describes his old boss Fezziwig, he stops, noting that he wishes he could talk to his clerk, Bob Cratchit.Cratchit, and apologize.



* KilledMidSentence: Marley dies while attempting to warn Scrooge of his fate and to "save himself".
* LargeHam: Marley is a big one.

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* KilledMidSentence: Marley dies while attempting to warn Scrooge of his fate and telling him to "save himself".
save himself.
* LargeHam: Marley is a big one.one, and Scrooge is one after his reformation.



* StepfordSmiler: When Bob Cratchitt comes home in the Christmas Yet To Come part, he tries to pretend that he's happy about an imagined goodbye from Tiny Tim. But he quickly collapses into his wife's arms in tears.

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* StepfordSmiler: When Bob Cratchitt Cratchit comes home in the Christmas Yet To Come part, he tries to pretend that he's happy about an imagined goodbye from Tiny Tim. But he quickly collapses into his wife's arms in tears.

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* TruerToTheText: This movie includes the sequence where Scrooge threatens to swallow a toothpick while talking with Marley, something very few film adaptations do.


* IWasQuiteALooker: Scrooge and Marley essentially. Oddly enough when we see Alice in the present day, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished she still looks the same]].

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* IWasQuiteALooker: Scrooge and Marley essentially.were quite handsome in their younger days. Oddly enough when we see Alice in the present day, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished she still looks the same]].



* MaybeEverAfter: In contrast to the novel where she has a family of her own, Alice/Belle's romantic situation isn't addressed. She's shown in the Christmas Present sequence - where she isn't in the novel. Although it isn't said, this does leave things open for Scrooge to reconcile with her if she isn't married.

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* MaybeEverAfter: In contrast to the novel where she has a family of her own, Alice/Belle's romantic situation isn't addressed. She's also shown in the Christmas Present sequence - sequence, where she isn't in the novel. Although it isn't said, explicitly stated, this does leave things open for Scrooge to reconcile with her if she isn't married.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with. In the original novel the Christmas Past sequence shows that Belle married someone else and had a family - which is the last we see of her. This adaptation shows her counterpart Alice in the Christmas Present, helping feed the poor on Christmas Day. It's never confirmed whether or not she did have a family.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with. In the original novel the Christmas Past sequence shows that Belle married someone else and had a family - family, which is the last we see of her. This adaptation shows her counterpart Alice in the Christmas Present, helping feed the poor on Christmas Day. It's never confirmed whether or not she did have a family.

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