Bought this because my video-tape copy just got worn out. Watch it in the week before Christmas, and if nothing else it should make you ponder on the merits of commercialism (especially at Christmas), reflect on benevolence, and get you in the Christmas spirit - if you'll pardon the pun! George C Scott is excellent, but so's most of the cast. I was initially unimpressed by some of the script - e.g. Scrooge asking the visiting ghost of Marley (like he was some expected mortal visitor) whether he can sit down, and when the ghost says he can, Scrooge, pointing to a vacant chair then says 'well do it then'!...just the kind of conversation one would have when confronted by a ghost (never mind the pointlessness of even a chain-burdened ghost sitting down!). - But then I read the book, and, with my apologies to the script-writers, found this very passage of dialogue in it! (Could this be where the expression 'what the Dickens are you talking about?' originates??!!) Notwithstanding all that, a great film and a great book. I'd also recommend the Muppets version too - Micheal Caine's Scrooge I thought was even better than GCS's albeit in a very different context.