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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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In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block which seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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22 November 2017 (USA)  »

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Dickens: L'uomo che inventò il Natale  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,353,297, 26 November 2017, Wide Release

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$5,672,535, 16 January 2018
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Trivia

Miram Margolyes has had a long history with the life and works of Charles Dickens. She has appeared in two adaptations of the author's most famous works (Oliver Twist (1985) and Little Dorrit (1987)), appeared in a parody of A Christmas Carol (the TV short Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)), presented the documentaries Dickens in America (2005) and The First Fagin (2012), and portrayed the older version of Dickens' wife Catherine in the three part docudrama Dickens (2002). See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Tara, the Dickens' children's nanny is seen by Charles Dickens to be carrying a copy of 'Varney the Vampire', which was a popular 'Penny Dreadful' weekly cheap publication popular in the Victorian era. This was suggested as a part of the inspiration behind A Christmas Carol possibly because of the spectral associations and the idea for the visits of the ghosts of Marley and Christmas past and present and yet to come. A Christmas Carol was written and published in 1843, but Varney the Vampire was not actually first published until 1845. See more »

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Featured in Box Office: Episode dated 30 November 2017 (2017) See more »

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Makes comic character of Dickens
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was so excited to see this movie after seeing the trailers on TV, but was truly disappointed and walked out of the theater after about 45 minutes. It turns Dickens into a sort of comic character. I guess growing up with such a reverence for Dickens, I just couldn't handle this interpretation, particularly having seen Ralph Fiennes as Dickens in The Invisible Woman.

I don't blame Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame,) who plays Dickens. It had to be the vision of the director.


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