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A Christmas Carol

This 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' well-known story A Christmas Carol is a black and white version of the holiday classic. It stars Alastair Sim as the miserly Scrooge. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 02 Dec 1951
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The Ghost of Christmas Present opens his long robe to reveal two impoverished children seeking shelter underneath it. The Spirit introduces the girl as “Want” and the boy as “Ignorance.” What do these figures represent? Why are they clinging to Christmas? Why does the Spirit warn Scrooge to beware of them, especially the boy?

The neglect suffered in his youth appears to motivate Scrooge to place his own needs ahead of everything else. How did that decision contribute to the loneliness he experiences in later life?

At the end of the film Scrooge declares, ” I don’t deserve to be so happy.” What is the source of his happiness? How does the life of Scrooge illustrate “It is more blessed to give than to receive?” Can everyone find joy this way?

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