A Christmas Carol (1999)

USA, 5 December 1999
95m
colour
English

An American fantasy television film directed by David Jones.

Plot Summary

On Christmas Eve, the miserly Scrooge is visited by three spirits, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who attempt to teach him the error of his ways by showing him how he has impacted on the lives of others. As Christmas Day dawns, will they have been successful – will Scrooge have learned his lesson?

Credits

Crew
Directed by: David Jones
© 1999 Hallmark Entertainment Productions, LLC
Hallmark Entertainment Productions and TNT present
Executive Producers: Robert Halmi, Sr., Patrick Stewart
Executive Producer For Flying Freehold, Inc.: Wendy Neuss
Produced by: Dyson Lovell
Line Producer: Chris Thompson
Associate Producer: Peter Barnes
Written for Television by: Peter Barnes
Based on the Novel by: Charles Dickens
Director of Photography: Ian Wilson
Editor: David Martin
Music by: Stephen Warbeck
Production Sound Mixer: David Crozier
Costume Designer: Charles Knode
Make-Up & Hair Designer: Norma Webb
SFX Supervisor: Richard Conway
Digital Visual Effects: Framestore & CFC
Visual Effects Supervisors: Mike McGee, Tim Greenwood
Production Designed by: Roger Hall

Cast
Patrick Stewart (Mr Ebenezer Scrooge)
Richard E. Grant (Bob Cratchit)
Joel Grey (The Ghost of Christmas Past)
Ian McNeice (Mr Albert Fezziwig)
Saskia Reeves (Mrs Cratchit)
Desmond Barrit (The Ghost of Christmas Present)
Bernard Lloyd (Jacob Marley)
Dominic West (Fred Bowley)
Trevor Peacock (Old Joe)
Liz Smith (Mrs Dilber)
Elizabeth Spriggs (Mrs Riggs)
Kenny Doughty (young Scrooge)
Laura Fraser (Belle)
Celia Imrie (Mrs Bennett)
John Franklyn-Robbins (Mr Crump)
Roger Frost (clergyman)
Edward Petherbridge (Foster)
Jeremy Swift (Williams)
Leagh Conwell (boy caroller)
Rowland Stirling (child scrooge)

Alternative Titles

Conto de Natal – Brazilian title
Cuento de Navidad – Venezuelan title

Press

2008
The Times 29 December 2008 p.30
It is no more possible to imagine a year without some version or other of this hoary old tale than it is without cards of snow-bound 19th-century coaching scenes. An annual childhood treat for the middle-aged used to be the cartoon version starring Mr Magoo, which for me remains definitive. In this year’s feast of costume drama we are to be treated to great big helpings of steaming ham. It’s not that this production is particularly bad, just that it’s nothing special. Last week’s updated BBC version with Ross Kemp was both more interesting and more moving. Channel 4’s is co-executive produced by Patrick “Star Trek” Stewart, who also plays the lead role (rarely a healthy sign). His performance is declamatory, but curiously unengaging. – from a review by Paul Hoggart

References

Newspapers
Evening Standard 14 October 1999 pp.22-23 – illustrated article (by Molly Watson)
The Times 29 December 2008 p.30 – review (by Paul Hoggart)