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Patrick Stewart IS Scrooge,
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This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)For years Patrick Stewart has done a one person stage version of "Christmas Carol" playing all the parts. Twice he has taken it to New York where he received rave reviews. Those of us who could not get to New York had to be satisfied with an audio tape version. Then someone had the brilliant idea of doing the video. Naturally it was expanded to have a full cast and sets. Because of his years of doing the stage version Mr. Stewart fits so easily into the role that he is not playing a part, he IS Scrooge. There are other fine versions of the story, notably the wonderful George C. Scott production, but none can compare with Mr. Stewart. The adaptation of the story to film is so true to Dickens, he must have sat on the script writers shoulder as it was written. I taped it from the TV broadcast and now can not wait for the DVD to be released. Anyone who makes "Christmas Carol" part of their holiday or just loves magnificent acting should definitely add this version to their library.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2008 6:05:09 PM PST
Mary M says:
I saw Patrick Stewart perform "A Christmas Carol" twice in Los Angeles and I wish he would bring it back! He does an excellent acting job live and I was so excited when this movie came out. He is the best Scrooge ever and I've seen other versions! I cry every time I watch it!
Posted on Dec 15, 2009 1:44:40 PM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
Excellent review, deservedly in the "spotlight." I appreciate your concise and balanced take, noting as you do that there's another recent, terrific rendition of this greatest of Christmas stories (after the Nativity ones, of course!) including . . .
" . . . the wonderful George C. Scott production, but none can compare with Mr. Stewart. The adaptation of the story to film is so true to Dickens, he must have sat on the script writers shoulder as it was written."
Tried leaving you "helpful Number 120." Alas, this very "comment" makes me your fan (I suppose I am!) and under Amazon's "New Reviewer" rankings/voting system . . . fan votes don't count. Go figure. Just had to say, "attaboy, Jim Jr" the only way I can. Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas '09 and a healthy, happy New Year 2010!
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Posted on Dec 17, 2010 9:05:39 PM PST
My husband and I saw Patrick Stewart perform Solo in A Christmas Carol at the Albery Theater in London England. It was his last time to do this. Even though we all knew that Tiny Tim dies, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Mr. Stewart was absolutely brilliant. I only wish I could get my hands on a video of his solo performance. Does anyone know how?
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