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Christmas Carol 1999a

A Christmas Carol is a 1999 television movie adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 novel of the same name. It was directed by David Hugh Jones and stars Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge and Richard E. Grant as Bob Cratchit.

In the Victorian period, Ebenezer Scrooge is a skinflint businessman who loathes the Christmas season and begrudges having to give time off to his best employee, Bob Cratchit. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late friend and business partner, Jacob Marley, who in the afterlife has come to see the errors of his ways. Marley arranges for Scrooge to be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come in hopes of teaching Scrooge of the importance of embracing the joy of the holiday season.

Liz Smith appears as Mrs. Dilber in both this version and the 1984 film starring George C. Scott.

Cast

Actor Character
Patrick Stewart Ebenezer Scrooge
Richard E. Grant Bob Cratchit
Joel Grey The Ghost of Christmas Past
Ian McNeice Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves Mrs. Cratchit
Desmond Barrit The Ghost of Christmas Present
Bernard Lloyd Jacob Marley
Dominic West Fred
Trevor Peacock Old Joe
Liz Smith Mrs. Dilber
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Riggs
Kenny Doughty Young Ebenezer Scrooge
Laura Fraser Belle
Celia Imrie Mrs. Bennett

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