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John Grin's Christmas (1986)

Christmas (original title)
A present-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".


Robert Guillaume


Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Charles Eric Johnson (as Charles Johnson)


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Cast overview:
Robert Guillaume ... John Grin
Ted Lange ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Rocky
Candy Ann Brown ... Mrs. Oliver
Kevin Guillaume Kevin Guillaume ... Sam Oliver
Geoffrey Holder ... Ghost of Christmas Future
Robert O'Ree Robert O'Ree ... Mr. Hodges
Jackie Richardson ... Mrs. Alcott


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

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6 December 1986 (Canada) See more »

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Ghost of Christmas Present: [observing Sam Oliver's family on Christmas Eve] ... Would you look at these people! What, do they own this house?
John Grin: I presume so.
Ghost of Christmas Present: You *presume* so? This guy works for you, doesn't he? Is he a trainee or something?
John Grin: No, no... He's been my accountant, and a toy designer, for the past couple of years.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Wow! He must be spending all his money on fast women, slow horses, rigged casinos, and booze.
John Grin: What do you mean? He's got food on his table, presents under his tree, a roof over his head... Did I mention...
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Excellent Adaptation
29 September 2006 | by jgarner136See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch "Christmas" the one time it ran on TV, and I wish it would be released on DVD. Of course, it is an adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol " with Robert Guillaume as John Grin, the Scrooge character. His son Kevin has a role as the Bob Cratchit character, with Geoffrey Holder and Ted Lange as two of the Ghosts. There are so many second-rate versions of "Christmas Carol" that seem to be around, and one of the few really good versions gets lost in a film vault somewhere. That's too bad, because this is truly a little gem of a TV movie. It was made on the heels of Guillaume's run as Benson and capitalized on that series' popularity. There is a bit of Benson's dry wit, but John Grin is not Benson. The writing is low-key and the characters well-done and interesting. Too bad we most likely won't see this one again. It's well worth the time.

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