Sort of like going to Stratford or Toronto for a musical play, but with a cast of hundreds; the accents are pretty bad, but Albert Finney is a great actor; the script is not as Dickens wrote it, and it is duded up with special effects, but Alec Guinness does a great job as the dead Marley, just as the Victorians would have imagined it....just check out the old 19th century graveyards, they present a cultural version of death that is so Gothic you just don't want to go there, sort of like life itself in those days, as Thomas Hobbes described it, "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short"....but Tiny Tim does okay and Bob Cratchit gets his salary doubled after a lot of years without a raise, so it ends up okay, and everybody parades through town jumping and singing about how great Christmas is....

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