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Christmas (1986)

A present-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".


Robert Guillaume


Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Charles Eric Johnson (as Charles Johnson)


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Cast overview:
Robert Guillaume ... John Grin
Ted Lange ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Rocky
Candy Ann Brown ... Mrs. Oliver
Kevin Guillaume Kevin Guillaume ... Sam Oliver
Geoffrey Holder ... Ghost of Christmas Future
Robert O'Ree Robert O'Ree ... Mr. Hodges
Jackie Richardson Jackie Richardson ... Mrs. Alcott


A present-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

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6 December 1986 (Canada) See more »

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John Grin's Christmas See more »

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John Grin: [the "Angel of Death" steps through Grin's bathroom mirror] ... Do I know you...? Should I?
Ghost of Christmas Future: Nobody knows me. They plan me, but it never quite works out. They put me off, but I come anyway.
John Grin: I don't have time for riddles.
Ghost of Christmas Future: Do you mean to say our performance this evening has fallen on deaf ears? Alas; we worked so hard on it.
John Grin: I don't think I want to know you. Close the door on your way out.
Ghost of Christmas Future: Good Lord, man; if only it were that simple...! You are a bad man. You scoff at love. You frown at laughter. ...
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Excellent Adaptation
29 September 2006 | by jgarner136See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch "Christmas" the one time it ran on TV, and I wish it would be released on DVD. Of course, it is an adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol " with Robert Guillaume as John Grin, the Scrooge character. His son Kevin has a role as the Bob Cratchit character, with Geoffrey Holder and Ted Lange as two of the Ghosts. There are so many second-rate versions of "Christmas Carol" that seem to be around, and one of the few really good versions gets lost in a film vault somewhere. That's too bad, because this is truly a little gem of a TV movie. It was made on the heels of Guillaume's run as Benson and capitalized on that series' popularity. There is a bit of Benson's dry wit, but John Grin is not Benson. The writing is low-key and the characters well-done and interesting. Too bad we most likely won't see this one again. It's well worth the time.

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