Tiny Tim is well cast in this movie. He has a beautiful voice and touching expressions, and is perfect in size, tiny, which is not the case in some other film versions.
Leslie Bricusse's song lyrics are every bit as wonderful as those written for Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The costuming, scenery, and props are very lavish and beautiful, adding to the richness of the story. The DVD version is perfect in this respect with good color and clarity.
The story is wonderfully staged in five acts (Introduction, Past, Present, Future, Conclusion), the first four building perfectly to the final, which is every bit as heartwarming as the conclusions of It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. It is impossible not to smile as Scrooge buys out the toy store, purchases other gifts, wipes the slate clean for his debtors, and makes charitable contributions. His transformation from miser and loan shark to a genuine Father Christmas is absolutely beautiful.
When I was growing up, we always decorated our tree on Christmas Eve; and I remember watching this movie many years in a row during that family tradition.Read more ›
Albert Finney is excellent (isn't he always?) as are Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Anton Rodgers, Alec Gunness and the chap that plays Bob Cratchitt (sorry, can't think of his name off hand!)
Everyone harps on about the Alastair Sim version but I truly prefer this one. The perfect film to watch late on Christmas Eve. It really gets you into the Christmas spirit (pardon the pun!)
Why on Earth is it only available on region 1??????
I don't normally like films with singing in but the singing in this film makes it the film it is.
If you haven't seen this film you are surely to enjoy it (I might be wrong in that) and enjoy the singing aswell.
It will bring a tear to your eye.