Release dateUnited States
November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25) WriterDouglas Berquist (creator), Michael Frislev (creator), Chad Oakes (creator), Donald Martin (screenplay), Charles Dickens (short story "A Christmas Carol")
Ebenezer is a 1998 Canadian made-for-television re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol with Jack Palance giving a performance as Ebenezer Scrooge, á la Western genre. After a half-century of screen presence, in one of Palance's final projects before his retirement.
A TV film with high production value, it debuted in the United States on Turner Network Television. It is an obscure and rarely seen title.
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Ebenezer Scrooge is the most greedy, corrupt and mean-spirited crook in the old West and he sees no value in "Holiday Humbug." But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future open his eyes, Scrooge discovers that love and friendships are the greatest wealth of all.
Jack Palance as Ebenezer Scrooge
Ricky Schroder as Samuel Benson
Amy Locane as Erica Marlowe
Albert Schultz as Bob Cratchitt
Daryl Shuttleworth as Fred, Ebenezer's Nephew
Richard Comar as Ghost of Christmas, Present
Michelle Thrush as Ghost of Christmas, Past
Richard Halliday as Jacob Marlowe
Susan Coyne as Clara Cratchitt
Joshua Silberg as Tim Cratchitt
There were at least 2 DVD pressings produced. One was by Platinum Disc Corporation and the most recent by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in 2005, but not believed to be in general release at this time. The original VHS version is long out of print.