An American Christmas Carol

An American Christmas Carol is a 1979 American made-for-television fantasy drama film directed by Eric Till and based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.[1]

An American Christmas Carol
Blu-ray Disc cover
Based onA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Screenplay byJerome Coopersmith
Directed byEric Till
StarringHenry Winkler
Dorian Harewood
Susan Hogan
Cec Linder
R.H. Thomson
David Wayne
Michael Wincott
William Bermender
Brett Matthew Davidson
Music byHagood Hardy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Edgar J. Scherick
Gary Smith
Producer(s)Stanley Chase
Jon Slan
Production location(s)Elora, Ontario
CinematographyRichard Ciupka
Editor(s)Ron Wisman
Running time98 minutes
Production company(s)Smith-Hemion Productions
Stanley Chase Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseDecember 16, 1979


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.[2]


Home media releases

An American Christmas Carol was released on DVD on November 23, 1999. It was released on Blu-ray in December 2012.

See also


  1. DVD Talk
  2. Phipps, Keith (December 11, 2012). "The Fonz plays against type in 1979's An American Christmas Carol". The A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
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