A Christmas Carol

1984 PG 1h 40m DVD

A Christmas Carol

1984 PG 1h 40m DVD
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Oscar winner George C. Scott stars as penny-pinching miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this critically acclaimed television adaption of Charles Dickens's holiday classic. After working into the wee hours on the night before Christmas, Scrooge returns home to find the ghost of his former associate (Frank Finlay) and the promise of visits from three more spirits. Will the dawn of a new day bring a new Scrooge? David Warner co-stars as Bob Cratchit.
George C. Scott, David Warner, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward, Michael Carter, Susannah York, Anthony Walters, Roger Rees, Caroline Langrishe
Clive Donner
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that in this movie, the granddaddy of morality tales, Dickens' timeless material looks unglamorously at 19th century English life and shows us how wrong turns, if not righted, can lead good people astray. The music dramatically complements a finely adapted script. Delivered dryly, the humor hits its mark; you can't help laughing at Scrooge's expense. Despite the valuable message, this version may be too dark and frightening for some. There's plenty here for the entire family to enjoy, and even shed a few tears over. But the scenes are bleak. Glimpses of desperate families and sickly children. A once bitter and resentful man anguishes over the pain he's caused others. Glimpses of a tortured childhood place partial blame for Scrooge's condition on an uncaring father.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Ghosts! Cruel, tormenting ghosts!


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Dicken's classic tale of compassion has been through so many incarnations, but it still presents an important and eloquent message that doesn't fail.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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