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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

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The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol." Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »
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Dickens: L'uomo che inventò il Natale  »

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Miriam Margolyes & Ian McNeice appeared together previously in the television series, "Doc Martin". McNeice is a regular cast member on the program; Margolyes guest-starred as a poison victim tended to by the titular doctor. See more »

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The film is set from 1842-43. The background music in the New York theater scene is "Yankee Doodle Dandy". This was written for the play "Little Johnny Jones" in 1904. See more »

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An unexpected mix of biopic and fairytale
21 November 2017 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

It actually took me a while to put this movie into a box. Is it a biography about Charles Dickens, or another version of the classic story being told? It's both.

It's actually like you watch a theater play that includes special effects you all have to imagine yourself during a play. You can clearly see the theatrical approach that the director wanted to take here. Christopher Plummer is an excellent Scrooge, the perfect fit! Even though this film throws in a good bit of comedy into the pot, it doesn't harm the story at all. If anything, it brings a little bit of freshness to the old classic of "A Christmas Carol".

I wouldn't describe it as a Christmas movie, or something that the whole family can enjoy for Christmas, but it certainly is a (long needed) new and modern approach to this story and that is still fascinating me, that this story indeed, never gets old.


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