There is no need to relate this well-known story here. This is a tribute to a marvelous ensemble cast and talented crew who brought Dickens’s own writing to life as it never had been before. Director Clive Donner, who had collaborated with Scott in 1982 for a version of Oliver Twist with Scott as Fagin, filmed the movie in Shrewsbury, England, and it looks and feels authentic in every way. Cinematographer Tony Imi gave a subtly diffused look to the film which strongly evoked feelings of a past time. Composer Nick Bicat’s score ranged from happy Christmas tunes to the frighteningly haunting, using sound effects, particularly for the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, that reminded me of fingernails on a chalkboard, disturbing and scary.
The cast is superb. Besides Scott as Scrooge, the cast is composed of primarily English actors who are well known and respected for their individual talents. Marley’s ghost (Frank Finlay), Fred Holywell (Roger Rees, who also narrates the film), Bob Cratchit (David Warner), Mrs. Cratchit (Susannah York), Scrooge’s father (Nigel Davenport), Angela Pleasance (Ghost of Christmas Past), Edward Woodward (a marvel of a giant as the Ghost of Christmas Present), Michael Carter (in the thankless anonymous role of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come), and young Anthony Walters (as the best Tiny Tim on film). There is a wonderful rapport of the cast and a particularly enjoyable chemistry between Scott and Woodward (as the Ghost of Christmas Present) that shines in this spectacular film.
I have written the tribute I planned. I will let pictures of the principal players in their roles tell the rest of the story. I hope you enjoy them, and that you will not let this Christmas season go by without experiencing this best of all Christmas Carols.