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Ms. Scrooge (1997)

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

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John McGreevey (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
Katherine Helmond ... Maude Marley
Michael Beach ... Reverend Luke
John Bourgeois ... Cratchit
RaéVen Kelly ... Young Ebenita (as Rae'ven Kelly)
Karen Glave ... Teenage Ebenita
Ken James Ken James ... Sam Catherwood
Arsinée Khanjian ... Cratchit
William Greenblatt William Greenblatt ... Tiny Tim
Michael J. Reynolds ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Spirit Present
Julian Richings ... Christmas Yet to Come
Ashley Brown Ashley Brown ... Chris
Natasha Greenblatt Natasha Greenblatt ... Sis Cratchit
Allegra Fulton ... Marie
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

A Christmas Classic Everyone Can Believe In See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espíritos de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Maude Marley: [Appearing in a flash of Light] Ta Da! I always did like a big entrance, didn't I?
[light fades]
Maude Marley: How's tricks, Ebenita?
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge: Maude?
Maude Marley: You haven't said a word about my outfit.
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge: [laughing to herself] Oh, it can't be Maude. She's dead. I buried her.
Maude Marley: And rather hastily, I might add. Afraid I might come back to life? Reclaim my possessions?
[Ebenita slowly reaches for the phone]
Maude Marley: Now I can't.
[as Ebenita's hand gets to the phone]
[...]
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Connections

Version of Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901) See more »

Soundtracks

Go Tell It on the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Michael Beach and the Church of God Choir
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Preachy and heavy-handed version doesn't work
17 December 2009 | by highwaytouristSee all my reviews

The premise of an African-American female Scrooge in the modern, struggling city was inspired, but nothing else in this film is. Here, Ms. Scrooge is a miserly banker who takes advantage of the employees and customers in the largely poor and black neighborhood it inhabits. There is no doubt about the good intentions of the people involved. Part of the problem is that story's roots don't translate well into the urban setting of this film, and the script fails to make the update work. Also, the constant message about sharing and giving is repeated so endlessly, the audience becomes tired of it well before the movie reaches its familiar end. This is a message film that doesn't know when to quit. In the title role, the talented Cicely Tyson gives an overly uptight performance, and at times lines are difficult to understand. The Charles Dickens novel has been adapted so many times, it's a struggle to adapt it in a way that makes it fresh and relevant, in spite of its very relevant message.


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