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Heartwarming / A Christmas Carol (1984)

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  • Scrooge feels sorry for Jacob Marley and asks if there's anything he can do for him. While the answer is no, Marley then reveals he came here for his friend's sake.
  • Bob Cratchit's prayer over dinner is to thank God for their food, but especially for allowing his family to be together and share the fullness of their hearts on Christmas Day. Scrooge, deeply moved, joins in on their "Amen."
  • In this version Fred got Peter Cratchit his job, apparently making amends for how harsh his uncle was.
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  • Scrooge does not ask the Spirit of Christmas Present whether Tim will walk unaided but only whether he'll live. This reinforces he cares for Tim as a person and not simply an ill to be cured. The fact that Tim not only lives but does walk unaided in the end just makes the ending all the sweeter.
  • Scrooge asking Fred's forgiveness and permission to dine.
    Scrooge: Finally, if the offer to dine with you today is still in force, I accept!
    Janet: You'll be more than welcome!
  • Scrooge's Heel–Face Turn, especially his reconciling with Fred, who welcomes him in open arms. Janet is cynical but still gracious. When he tells her "I was in love once. Can you believe that?" Janet sincerely answers "yes".
  • Scrooge apologizing to the solicitors, and giving a very generous donation, so generous that the two can't hide their excitement.
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  • The last fifteen to twenty minutes are one long crowning moment of heartwarming.
  • The final image of a now-healthy Tiny Tim running to Scrooge, who picks him up and kisses him, and the two of them walking down the street together. It's virtually the same as the finale of the 1951 Alistair Sim version, but every bit as heartwarming here. Possibly even more so, since this Scrooge has a Kick the Dog moment toward Tiny Tim near the beginning that Sim's doesn't have, making his ultimate loving relationship with him even more striking.
  • Scrooge's sheer joy when Christmas Past takes him to the school where he spent his childhood. He identifies several of the boys and even calls out to them, until Past reminds him that they can't hear or see him. It's really the first time we've seen Scrooge genuinely happy and it's nice to know that Scrooge does have some happy memories of his childhood.
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  • Scrooge's relationship with his sister Fan.
    Scrooge: Fan loved me and I her. Dear Fan. I wish she were alive today.
  • Scrooge's memory of Mr Fezziwig. He says to Christmas Past that the happiness he gave people was as much as if it were a thousand pounds.
  • In this version, after begging forgiveness to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Scrooge ends up back in his room when it's still Christmas Eve, and not right on Christmas morning as in most versions. The fact that he's not only given this chance of redemption, but also able to get a good night's sleep immediately after all he went through makes it all the more emotionally poignant. The emotionally relieved tone in his voice as he thanks Marley and the spirits, confirming that he'll keep his promises, is so remorsefully genuine and touching, especially when he sobs, "I say this on my knees, Jacob Marley... on my knees."


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