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Plot: In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1978
"A Christmas Carol" may well be the most-adapted Christmas story in literature, with version ranging from whimsical to musical to deadly serious. This particular version, starring Henry Winkler as Benedict Slade a.k.a. Scrooge is my favorite.The movie translates Dickens' classic story from 19th century England to Depression-era New England. The result is very effective. For me, an American born to parents who grew up in the Depression, the 20th century setting made the story feel very real. The writers and director made excellent decisions in their choice of sets. Three <more>
notable examples were the New England furniture factory as the setting for Slade's youth, the newly-conceived idea of consumer credit as the source of his subsequent wealth and avarice, and the choice of an African-American as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come "You must be Future," Slade declares, cowering before him .Winkler's performance is brilliant. He captures the essence of Slade perfectly, and makes the gradual transformation from miser to redeemed man seem natural and believable. The scene at the Thatcher a.k.a. Cratchit household at the end of the film never fails to bring tears to my eyes and those of my family. The supporting cast performs ably as well, making this a Christmas classic that one can watch every year."An American Christmas Carol" debuted in 1979, midway through Winkler's popular "Happy Days" television series run. After a few years of reruns, it disappeared from view until recently, when it became available on DVD and video. I heartily recommend it for your holiday DVD collection.
I have loved this movie for a long time. Unfortunately, where I live my searches of TV schedules over the years have turned up nothing. It is very nice that I can finally give this movie the praise it deserves. It was a grand experience discovering that Henry Winkler was an actor of this range. I also was impressed that he and the studio chose a different presentation of this timeless story. To conclude, I thank this venue for allowing me to sing the praise of this movie so many years later, while I again search for replays of it on TV.
A wonderful Christmas story (by munkmanor)
This movie was excellent as a modern reminder that the Dicken's Classic, "A Christmas Carol" is still alive and well in this modern era. A heart- felt movie reminding us the joy of Christmas needs to be with us the whole year round. The acting is superb and traditional in every sense! This movie reaches to all, provoking the conscientious of human dignity and respect for our fellow man. One can simply tell the actors really got into their roles, ensuring this would be a great Christmas Classic. Bravo for the making of the "An American Christmas Carol". I can only <more>
assume Mr. Winkler who stared in this role feels this is one of his best works, defining the role as Ebenezer Scrooge.
When asked recently what my favourite version of A Christmas Carol was, I had to respond with this movie. Henry Winkler provides a character in this adaptation that is the most believable amongst other perennial favorites in the role of Scrooge Mr. Slate in this case .It has been a while since I have seen the film and I am disappointed not to find it on TV again this year. I could use the refreshing view this film provided to the tired Allister Sims or Gorge C. Scott versions.
This is a great movie (by jacobjohntaylor1)
This is a great movie. It has great acting. It also has a great story line. It also has great special effects. I am glade to see it got a 6.9. But still this is such a great movie that 6.9 is underrating it. This movie is a 9 out of 10. It is kind of spooky at time. A Christmas Carol 1951 is better. A Christmas Carol 1910 is also better. Scrooge 1935 is also better. But still this a great movie. It is one very good fantasy movie. See it. It is one of the best movies of all time. See this movie. I need more lines and I am running out of things to say A Christmas Carol 1938 is also <more>
One of 2 Great Adaptations of the Story (by saftgek1149)
I have great admiration for Henry Winkler and his willingness to run with this role. He Was Superb! It was a great departure from his other works, and he took a big chance in accepting the professional challenge. Delivery of lines - gestures - all was very impressive.Period costuming and sets of the Depression Era were also well-done. Supporting cast demonstrated ability to make this version of the story believable and able to be appreciated.I rank it as excellent - character and film - as the version with George C. Scott, and that is REALLY saying something! I was thrilled the first time I <more>
saw this film, and continue to thrill to its ability to depart from - yet enhance - the original creation.If you have not seen this film, please do so. Your will not be sorry. I ask only that you go into it with an open mind and appreciation for different, yet the same.
A novel retelling of the Dickens tale. Give it a chance. (by whatshisname)
Not enough people ever gave this one a chance, but it should be considered one of the better versions of "A Christmas Carol" out there.Why did it fail? Well, who wanted to see "Fonzie" play Scrooge back in 1979? I must admit that I did not like this movie the first time I saw it either, but it grew on me, as any good movie does. Henry Winkler plays Depression era "Bennidict Slade" what an inventive American equivalent for "Ebenezer Scrooge"! , a rich businessman that started out as a delinquent orphan that was adopted by a kind man he unwittingly ends <more>
up putting out of business in his pursuit of greed. The "Depression Era" skin put on this movie makes it all the more gray, bleak and believable.One thing that hurt this movie was that it doesn't have as much of a "feel good" ending as the usual "Scrooge" versions, but I rank this one high because it has my absolute favorite ending of any version of the "Scrooge" genre.Naturally, I can't spoil the ending, only to say that Slade has more fun surprising people with his new found attitude, knowing just how shocked everyone will be, than any Scrooge movie I've seen. It makes a fun difference. And his surprise for "Tiny Tim", very well done.One annoying distraction, the "Ghost of Christmas Future" is portrayed by a black man wearing gold chains, dressed in 1979 fashions and listens to disco music. Their "Ghost of the Future" jumped a little too far ahead, and is comical by todays standards.But this is a great version, and if you are bored to death with endless variations of "A Christmas Carol" where you know the story blindfolded, then I highly recommend you give this one a chance. You'll like it as long as you don't try and compare it to A.C.C., looking for places where they changed the story.
Deserves Full Praise As A Worthy Addition. (by scott88-4)
While I love almost all of the "Christmas Carol" films, this one really has a special place in my heart. I saw this movie many years back when I was not really a fan of Christmas movies and never went out of my way to watch them. This film changed that. I enjoyed it so much that I now eagerly await every December as a time once again to enjoy some of the classic holiday shows from times past. "An American Christmas Carol" is easily one of my favorites. And, as a previous reviewer felt, the ending of the Winkler version may be the best of all of the versions, although I <more>
still love the Alistair Sims ending standing on his head! Excellent film. And it deserves a place in the "Christmas Film Hall Of Fame".
An Updated Adaptation of A Christmas Carol (by Hollywood_Yoda)
An American Christmas Carol is truly a great revisioning of an already classic story, it's an adaptation that's high on the list. Starring Henry Winkler Happy Days' Fonzie as Benedict Slade as a Scrooge-like miser and set in a New England town during the great depression of 1930s America, it gives a close to home feeling. Basically, the same story unfolds as it does in the novel from which it's taken, three spirits visit and a look at his Benedict's life.Being a television production from 1979, the film seems dated however. But it's also fitting that it has aged in <more>
this way, and it feels more nostalgic being set during the depression. Maybe it was made to feel this way or perhaps it was just a happy accident. Either way, it works well with the films narrative. If it had been filmed with theater quality cameras, it may not be able to evoke the same feeling. It's a great, feel good Christmas movie.