MODERN VERSIONS OF "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

by Tony-Scheinman | created - 06 Dec 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
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1. Ebbie (1995 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Fantasy

In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.

Director: George Kaczender | Stars: Susan Lucci, Wendy Crewson, Ron Lea, Molly Parker

Votes: 609

with Susan Lucci as department store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge, what I consider the best of the female Scrooges.

2. An American Christmas Carol (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Henry Winkler, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 990

"The Fonz" as Scrooge? Who would have thought it, but Henry Winkler does a very good job as "Benedict Slade" in this Depression-era version.

3. Ms. Scrooge (1997 TV Movie)

G | 87 min | Fantasy, Drama

A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Michael Beach, John Bourgeois

Votes: 341

Cicely Tyson is one of the nastiest female Scrooges: money-lender "Ebenita Scrooge".

4. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 78,375 | Gross: $60.33M

Bill Murray does a good job here as Scrooge-like TV executive "Frank Cross", but seeing Carol Kane's "Ghost of Christmas Past" keep decking him still makes me wince.

5. A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Fantasy

A remake of the Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol" featuring a very nasty pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, John Taylor, Brian McNamara

Votes: 1,045

with Vanessa Williams as pop singer "Ebony Scrooge".

6. A Carol Christmas (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 92 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.

Director: Matthew Irmas | Stars: Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner, Gary Coleman

Votes: 986

Tori Spelling takes on the role as Scrooge-like TV talk show host "Carol Cartman".

7. Carol for Another Christmas (1964 TV Movie)

84 min | Drama, Fantasy

Daniel Grudge, a wealthy industrialist and fierce isolationist long embittered by the loss of his son in World War II, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who lead him to reconsider his attitude toward his fellow man.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Percy Rodrigues, Sterling Hayden, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer

Votes: 649

Rod Serling used his special gift to bring this powerful version to the TV screen, with Sterling Hayden as "Daniel Grudge", the Scrooge-like character who lost his son in Korea.

8. John Grin's Christmas (1986 TV Movie)

50 min | Family

A present-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

Director: Robert Guillaume | Stars: Robert Guillaume, Ted Lange, Roscoe Lee Browne, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 23

with Robert Guillaume as Scrooge character "John Grin".

9. Christmas Cupid (2010 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane's own personal "Jacob... See full summary »

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Jackée Harry, Burgess Jenkins

Votes: 3,303

with Christina Milian as Scrooge-like publicist "Sloane Spencer".

10. It's Christmas, Carol! (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

The story of driven, heartless, publishing executive Carol Huffler, who on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of her former boss, Eve. Eve tells Carol that she has lost sight of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carrie Fisher, Olivia Cheng, Tygh Runyan

Votes: 625

pared-down version with Emmanuelle Vaugier as Scrooge-like publisher "Carol Huffman".

11. Scrooge & Marley (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Family, Music

Scrooge & Marley is a modern variation on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility with heart, comedy & music, the magic of Dickens' timeless tale of a man's redemption comes alive from a fresh perspective.

Directors: Richard Knight Jr., Peter Neville | Stars: David Pevsner, Tim Kazurinsky, Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch

Votes: 68

with David Pevsner as piano bar owner "Ben Scrooge".



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