Scrooge (1970) - Drama, Family, Fantasy

Hohum Score

9

Engaging

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 17 out of 181 found boring (9.39%)

One-line Reviews (67)

So uplifting, funny and the most entertaining version of the Dickens classic.

It's a long, boring, overblown mess of a musical.

I found the singing very Oliver like and and, in my opinion, completely pointless and annoying.

Scrooge acted like nothing happened after that.

"It's a terrible and ponderous chain you are making, Scrooge!

Still, the story is solid gold enjoyable and the choreography, period detail and Neame's adroit pacing, more than make this something of an essential watch for seasonal seekers and musical lovers.

In Brazil, this enjoyable family entertainment was released on DVD by Paramount Distributor.

Finally, I watched it all the way through with wife and kinder-aged daughter, maybe 18 years ago, and the ladies fell asleep.

Each time I got so bored, I bailed on it.

One of the most enjoyable musical films of all time!

" There are long stretches where it's dull.

The film's attention to period detail is splendid, the running time just right, and overall this is one of the most enjoyable adaptations out there.

The critics panned the film but I enjoyed it and thought it was different to see a musical version of "A Christmas Carol".

My Mom & Dad first took me to see this movie when I was about 9 or 10 years old and I enjoyed it.

At a time when he was making films like Charlie Bubbles and Gumshoe, and with a reputation of being one of Britain's foremost angry young men this role was as unexpected as it was wonderful.

to top it all off,it's very slow and ponderous.

)That aside, the film was again entertaining.

Ronald Neame directed this entertaining musical version of "A Christmas Carol" based on the Charles Dickens novel that stars Albert Finney as cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is forced by his deceased partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas' past, present, and future to examine his life in an effort to redeem his soul before it is doomed for Eternity.

Most enjoyable are the musical numbers.

The only thing I can bear to complain about is that some scenes are way too dark and intense for smaller children.

And then there is the music - the songs actually work and add to the enjoyment of the film, "Thank You Very Much" being the most rousing.

Adults will probably be a little bored.

However, if you're going to take something away then what you substitute for it is going to have to be something enjoyable and sadly the songs simply aren't.

This one was the only one that held my interest as a child and I still find it the most entertaining and heartfelt today.

Although none of the songs are classics, they are enjoyable notheless and add to the magical spirit of Christmas.

The musical numbers are stupid and pointless.

And the songs are actually quite catchy and enjoyable.

The flying scene with Marley is pointless and ludicrous.

Albert Finney's "Scrooge" is not a total failure, but as a musical it has only one memorable song, and even that is dragged on much too long near the end.

Enjoyable adaptation .

The scenes in hell are a little different, but also confusing.

You may raise an eyebrow in wonder, but this is a thoroughly entertaining movie.

The good cast is wasted and boring.

The songs are enjoyable and the backdrop for this tale, foggy, snowy London is my idea of Christmas.

But enjoyable enough.

Alec Guinness enjoys himself as Marley, and the 'hell' sequence is a unique and entertaining one; the final eucatastrophe, where Scrooge mends his ways*, is handled as well here as in any of the many versions.

Also turning in notable performances are Edith Evans, who makes her spirit of the past warm and accessibly intimate, and Kenneth Moore, whose spirit of the present is as big and engaging as the life he represents.

The songs are a bit of a mixed bag, with the insanely catchy "Thank You Very Much" standing out as the single most rousing and hummable tune while "Happiness" proves to be quite haunting and poignant.

Unlike a great many musicals, the songs are both memorable and enjoyable.

As he is taken on his trips to look into the past, present and future, he becomes immersed in the scenes.

" is going through my head right now, but it was formulaic, a pumpkin pie in an 8" tin at WinCo.

The lyrics are often contrived and foisted into incongruous rhymes that make little sense in the context of the drama.

Albert Finney is always enjoyable.

Director Ronald Neame keeps the always engrossing and heartwarming story moving along at a fitful pace, offers a vivid and flavorsome evocation of the Victorian era setting, stages the song and dance set pieces with considerable brio, and adds a few nice touches of amusing dark humor.

(1968), Scrooge is an enjoyable Christmas film that is only let down by the distinctly average music courtesy of Bricusse.

I found it bothersome, too that the screenwriters took liberties and added a LOT to the original work, filling in blanks that were better left empty.

The songs are uninteresting and mediocre, with the exception of "Thank You Very Much.

Dull musical version of the Dickens classic.

Every family should own a copy of this extremely enjoyable tunefest, a musical re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic.

The songs at first were slow and haunting, and so fitted in wonderfully with this enchanted universe dipped in whimsy.

While this is one of the most known and most re-told stories, Scrooge, this 49 year old re-telling, makes it fresh and exciting.

Fabulous classic filled with enjoyable songs and great fun.

The acting and dialogue are great, most of the songs are clever and entertaining while the choreography is rousing and impressive.

The Hell sequence is also disturbing and pointless (this sequence incidentally was always edited from TV showings when I was growing up.

Albert Finney, highly made-up, is dynamite in the title role and the prestigious supporting cast includes Edith Evans (an unlikely but enjoyable Ghost of Christmas Past), Alec Guinness, Kenneth More and Laurence Naismith.

There are lots of enjoyable performances by British actors who clearly like this sort of thing.

Personally, I find it much more engaging and inspiring, not to mention, colorful, than any other version.

Heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining, `Scrooge' is a welcome addition to the annual holiday festivities.

Others and lingers sconces , I was a Little bored and looking at my watch .

Even though they are different movies, they are both highly entertaining and Scrooge's character and transformation are both very convincing, with madness of a sort after he is transformed.

The performances of all the actors are very entertaining.

But it is a entertaining change.

My only quibble is that the film is too long.

Thankfully, that turns around in the second half, which has wonderful rousing and catchy tunes, as well as a couple of very good dancing\\\e scenes.

There are several rousing production numbers, a few beautiful ballads (for Scrooge's beautiful fiancée, and a "Where is Love?

From the wonderful Ronald Searle caricatures that open this through the superbly enjoyable performances from Albert Finney (who won a Golden Globe), Sir Alec Guinness; Dame Edith Evans, Kenneth More and a whole host of faces from British stage and screen this just screams "Christmas" at me.

Was he demonstrating disdain, boredom, or disrespect for the role -- in which case, why bother with it?