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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | TV Movie 16 December 1979
In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

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Cast

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Benedict Slade
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Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ...
Mr. Nathaniel Brewster
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Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
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Jessup
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Helen Brewster
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Orphan (as William Bermender)
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Matt Reeves
Tammy Bourne ...
Sarah Thatcher
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Orphan
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Tim
Chris Cragg ...
Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas ...
Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan ...
Jennie Reeves
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Storyline

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. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated
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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Helen announces that the war bond drive is just short of its $25,000 goal, but this amount was far too high. It would be the equivalent of raising $300,000 today. See more »

Quotes

Benedict Slade: [after watching his younger self make a deal with Jack Latham] Yup, that's me! I always moved in when the moment was good. I could always smell a good business deal.
Ghost of Christmas Past: So could Latham. Look where he ended up.
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Silent Night
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Written by Franz Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and Joseph Mohr
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this is the version that puts a jump in my step
30 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It takes a great movie "for me" to voice my opinion, but this is such a great version I had to speak out. Although there are other versions "and there are many" this is the one that puts a jump in my step, this is the one that I go out of my way to watch. I actually plan my TV viewing time around it every year, the President could be declaring war, and I'll change the channel on him. One year it was not playing on any of the station so I went out and bought a copy. Now I have it on file forever, and can watch it any time I choose "but seriously" it literary kills me to have to wait until Christmas time to watch it. One year "I couldn't wait" so I whipped out my disk "slid it in the player" and watched it in July. Be cool John, R.I.


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