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'Tis the season for 'A Christmas Carol,' an entertaining made-for-TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, starring George C. Scott as the tightest of tightwads Ebenezer Scrooge. No, this isn't the version with Alistair Sims, Scrooge McDuck, or Jim Carrey. But this is a gift that is presented with no strings attached, as your free movie of the day. 'Tis the season for 'A Christmas Carol,' an entertaining made-for-TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, starring George C. Scott as the tightest of tightwads Ebenezer Scrooge. No, this isn't the version with Alistair Sims, Scrooge McDuck, or Jim Carrey. But this is a gift that is presented with no strings attached, as your free movie of the day.

Legendary American actor Scott dons an impressive British accent and sideburns, and more than convincingly depicts sardonic cynic Scrooge (he was nominated for an Emmy for the role). As the famously skinflint miser, Scott delivers fun lines such as "everyone with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding" and Scrooge's surly, signature "bah humbugs" with just the right amount of acrid bite (though the cutthroat way Scrooge manages his deals and skirts his charitable obligations may actually be admired in some of today's more greed-is-good circles). Sure, the street scenes have more of an antiseptic feel of a made-for-TV film (it aired on CBS in 1985) than Dickens' 19th-century descriptions, and the special effects of Marley's ghost and spectral entrances and exits are quaint in comparison to today's savvy CGI technology. But it's always a treat to watch Scrooge's heart grow three times bigger after he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas. And to be reminded that it's never too late for a fresh start.

Other members of this film's cast include acclaimed British actor Roger Rees, who plays Scrooge's charitable nephew. And as Jacob Marley, Frank Finlay delivers fierce condemned shrieks that would scare the Ebenezers out of even the humbuggiest. There are also two Val Kilmer acquaintances of note: Lucy Gutteridge, who plays young Scrooge's love interest Belle, starred alongside Kilmer in 1984's 'Top Secret!', and Joanne Whalley, who portrays Scrooge's sister Fan, was married to Kilmer until 1996.

In the words of Bob Cratchit, "Christmas comes but once a year." So why not spend it watching this depiction of Dickens' classic tale?

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