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      An American Christmas Carol

      1979 1 hr. 40 min. Holiday Drama List
      Reviews 59% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score This loose adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale moves the story to New England, where stingy elderly businessman Benedict Slade (Henry Winkler) ruthlessly collects debts and makes life miserable for everyone around him. His unscrupulous behavior warrants a Christmas Eve visit from his ghostly former partner and other spirits that show him the error of his ways. Can Slade turn his life around and become a better person before it's too late? Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Jeff M Winkler is known as the nicest guy in show business, so I hate to be Scrooge-like in my review, but this turns out to be just an OK movie. The premise is great – it's not an exact adaptation, but A CHRISTMAS CAROL is actually referenced within the context of the film. My problem is that there's not enough contrast in Winkler's transformation – particularly after his epiphany. He just begins a bit cranky and ends up a little less cranky. There's too much time spent explaining the background of his Benedict Slade, and as a result, the appearances of the ghosts feel like an afterthought. The ghost of Christmas future is especially awkward, with Dorian Harewood appearing almost like a 70s pimp. It was an emotion-less experience even though you can tell Winkler is giving it his all. And, I must say, the old-age make-up is distractingly awful. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review Audience Member Set against the bleak backdrop of the Depression, this updated version of Dickens' classic is a must-see, at least once. Henry Winkler delivers a subdued, but intense, performance as the miser in need of redemption. Quality vs quantity in the downfall of the USA's manufacturing economy is powerfully commented upon. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member very good Rendition of the movie my favorite Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Henry Winkler does a good job with classic Christmas tale, worth watching Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review bill t Surprisingly good. Henry Winkler plays a modern day Scrooge named Slade who's just as grouchy, he recieves the three ghost treatment, and it's all done rather well, I was actually quite charmed by the effort. One of the best Carols in my book. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member although it's not the best Scrooge film out there it was still enjoyable :) Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis This loose adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale moves the story to New England, where stingy elderly businessman Benedict Slade (Henry Winkler) ruthlessly collects debts and makes life miserable for everyone around him. His unscrupulous behavior warrants a Christmas Eve visit from his ghostly former partner and other spirits that show him the error of his ways. Can Slade turn his life around and become a better person before it's too late?
      Director
      Eric Till
      Genre
      Holiday, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 9, 2012
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