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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:17 PM

George C. Scott as Scrooge.

I just watched A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott again as I do every year and I was impressed once again. What a fine production this is. I love the settings and costumes, the excellent cast and Scott in a wonderful performance.

I'm a big fan of the Alistair Sim version too. But the very different take on the character of Scrooge in this film is worth a look.

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Reply George C. Scott as Scrooge. (Original post)
Graybeard Dec 2012 OP
Populist_Prole Dec 2012 #1
Graybeard Dec 2012 #3
Bucky Dec 2012 #2
Frank Cannon Dec 2012 #4
Graybeard Dec 2012 #5
Ikonoklast Dec 2012 #6
whistler162 Dec 2012 #7
vanlassie Dec 2012 #8
ananda Dec 2012 #9

Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:20 PM

1. I just saw the same show. It's the best version IMO

Scott was great! The period correct props/settings/costumes, acting and language made it the least hokey or corny and most desirable version for me to see. The ghost of christmas present drove his point home the best of all versions I've seen as well.

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Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:50 AM

3. It was a made for TV special.

Broadcast in 1984 by CBS it was released in theaters in England that same year. It's too bad CBS can't find a spot in their prime time line-up for a rebroadcast of this treasure.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:33 PM

2. George C Scott was the Scrooge who seemed most eager to exploit laborers.

For that matter, which his reformation was complete on Christmas morning, his was the Ebenezer Scrooge who seemed most likely to backslide into beating down the masses for a little extra profit once the Christmas spirit wore off. He treated Scrooge like a person, not like a cartoon of grumpiness.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:02 AM

4. This is my favorite cinematic version of the tale.

Like you said, George C. really delivers. He's not so much of a greedy old coot, but more of a "I've got mine, screw everyone else" Ayn Rand type. The whole cast is excellent, and the production values are awesome.

Looks like I'll have to check it out again this year, as well.

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Response to Frank Cannon (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:01 PM

5. Scrooge is spokesman for Romney/Ryan.

Watching the scene when Scrooge is approached for a donation for the needy was especially poignant this time. I had heard his argument all throughout the campaign by Romney and Ryan.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:26 PM

6. No one, and I mean NO ONE could chew up the scenery like George C. Scott could.

And in that version as Scrooge, mucheth scenery was chewen.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:33 PM

7. One quible....

the ivory handled revolvers where a little over the top.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:34 PM

8. Count me as a major fan too.

It's the only Christmas movie I look forward to. Except Love, Actually.

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Response to Graybeard (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:44 PM

9. That is such a good show!

Seen it a few times myself, and loved it every time!

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