GenreDrama, Fantasy ScreenplayJerome Coopersmith CountryUnited States
Release date1979 Based onA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens WriterCharles Dickens (story), Jerome Coopersmith (screenplay) CastHenry Winkler (Benedict Slade), Dorian Harewood (Matt Reeves), Susan Hogan (Helen Brewster), Cec Linder (Auctioneer) Similar moviesThe Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Tree Miracle, The Santa Clause, Yes, Virginia, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Santa Clause 2
TaglineCharles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film
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An American Christmas Carol is a 1979 American made-for-television fantasy drama film directed by Eric Till and based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novel a A Christmas Carol.
In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, and more amiable man.
Academy Award-winning special make-up effects artist Rick Baker consulted on the aging makeup for star Henry Winkler.
Henry Winkler as Benedict Slade
Dorian Harewood as Matt Reeves
Susan Hogan as Helen Brewster
Cec Linder as Auctioneer
R.H. Thomson as Thatcher
David Wayne as Merrivale
Michael Wincott as Choir Leader
William Bermender as Orphan
Brett Matthew Davidson as Orphan
Tammy Bourne as Sarah Thatcher
Chris Cragg as Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas as Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan as Jennie Reeves
Linda Goranson as Mrs. Doris Thatcher
Gerard Parkes as Jessup
Mary Pirie as Mrs. Brewster
Ken Pogue as Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
Sammy Snyders as Young Slade
Chris Wiggins as Mr. Brewster
Alexander Galant as Orphan (uncredited)
Home media releases
An American Christmas Carol was released on DVD on November 23, 1999. It was released on Blu-ray in December 2012.