Friday, November 20, 2009


A Christmas Carol is a 2009 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 story of the same name. The film is written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.

With the voices of: Jim Carrey (Scrooge/Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come), Cary Elwes (Dick Wilkins/Mad Fiddler), Colin Firth (Fred), Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit/Young Marley/Marley’s Ghost/Tiny Tim), Bob Hoskins (Fezziwig/Old Joe), Robin Wright Penn (Belle/Fan) and Fionnula Flanagan (Mrs. Dilber)


Jim Carrey as:
Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of the film. He is a cold-hearted, tight fisted, greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which engender happiness.

The Ghost of Christmas Past, the first of the three spirits that haunt Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. It shows Scrooge scenes from his past that occurred on or around Christmas, in order to demonstrate to him the necessity of changing his ways.

The Ghost of Christmas Present, the second of the three spirits that haunt Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. He shows Scrooge the happiness of his nephew's middle-class social circle and the impoverished Cratchit family.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the third of the three spirits that haunt Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. He shows Scrooge the final consequences of his lifestyle if he doesn't change his ways.

Gary Oldman as:
Jacob Marley, a former business partner of Scrooge. Having been dead for seven years prior to the events of the film, he visits Scrooge as a ghost and warns him of the three spirits that will confront him about his demeanor.

Bob Cratchit, the abused, underpaid clerk of Scrooge.

Tiny Tim, Cratchit's youngest son. He is voiced over by Ryan Ochoa.

Cary Elwes as:
Portly Gentleman #1, a man who requests from Scrooge a donation to those less fortunate
Dick Wilkins, Scrooge's old roommate
Mad Fiddler

Colin Firth as Fred, Scrooge's optimistic nephew and only living relative.

Bob Hoskins as:
Mr. Fezziwig, the proprietor of a warehouse business for whom Scrooge worked as an apprentice.

Old Joe, a fence who buys the belongings of the deceased Scrooge from a thief who previously worked for Scrooge.

Robin Wright Penn as:
Fan Scrooge, Scrooge's sister.
Belle, Scrooge's neglected fiancée.

Daryl Sabara as Peter Cratchit, Bob Cratchit's oldest son and heir to his job.

Molly C. Quinn as Belinda Cratchit, Bob Cratchit's second oldest daughter.

Sammi Hanratty as Young Belle's Daughter #1, Want Girl, Young Cratchet Girl

Ryan Ochoa as voice of Tiny Tim, Caroline's Son #1, Belle's Son #3, Ignorance Boy

Callum Blue as Caroline's Husband.

Fionnula Flanagan as Mrs. Dilber, the charwoman under the employ of Ebenezer Scrooge, who steals his belongings after his death.

Synopsis of "A Christmas Carol"

On Christmas Eve in Victorian England, Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter and miserly old moneylender, holds everything that embodies the joys and spirit of Christmas in contempt, refusing to visit his cheerful nephew Fred's Christmas dinner party with his family, and forcing his underpaid employee Bob Cratchit to beg to take the day off for his own family. That night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who had died seven years prior on Christmas Eve and is now forced to spend his afterlife carrying heavy chains forged from his own greedy ways. Marley warns Scrooge that he will suffer an even worse fate if he doesn't repent, and foretells that he will be haunted by three spirits that will help guide him.

The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows Scrooge visions of his own past that take place on or around the Christmas season, reminding him of how he ended up the greedy man he is now. He had spent much of his childhood neglected by his father over the holidays at boarding school until he was finally brought home by his loving sister Fan, who died prematurely after giving birth to his nephew Fred. Scrooge later began a successful career in business and moneylending and became engaged to a woman named Belle, though she later called off the engagement when he began to grow obsessed with accumulating his own wealth. Unable to bear having to witness these events again, Scrooge extinguishes the spirit.

The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows Scrooge the happiness of his fellow men on Christmas day. Among them are his nephew Fred, who playfully makes jokes with his family at Scrooge's expense, and Bob Cratchit and his family, who are just barely able to make do with what little pay Scrooge gives Cratchit. The Cratchits also tend to a sickly young son, Tiny Tim, whose commitment to the spirit of Christmas touches Scrooge, who is dismayed to learn from the spirit that he may not have much longer to live. Before the spirit vanishes, it warns Scrooge about the evils of Ignorance and Want, showing them as terrifying, uncivilized children doomed to grow into savage, despicable individuals.

The third and final spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, shows Scrooge the final consequences of his greed. Tiny Tim has died, leaving the Cratchits to mourn him on Christmas. Scrooge has also died, though there is more comfort than grief in the wake of his funeral. In addition, Fred finds benefit from inheriting his wealth, and Scrooge is even robbed by his former maid. Unwilling to let this grim future come to pass, Scrooge begs to be given a second chance as the spirit forces him into his deep and empty grave leading all the way to Hell.

Scrooge awakens to find himself in his bed on Christmas morning, the three spirits having guided him over the course of one night, and immediately sets out to atone for his sins, making donations to the poor, attending Fred's dinner party, and giving Cratchit a raise to care for his family, allowing Tiny Tim to live. Scrooge spends the remainder of his life a new man embodying the spirit of Christmas itself.

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