The Man Who Invented Christmas

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
In theatres: November 24, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 4 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow, Justin Edwards


In 1843, dealing with the failure of his last three books, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is once again rejected by his publishers. As he grows deeper in debt, the father of four sets out to write and self-publish a book he hopes will revive his career.

One night, he hears the Irish housemaid tell his kids a folk tale about the awakening of spirits at Christmas. This instantly sparks an idea about the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. He brings to life characters that he meets in London, including a man at a cemetery that inspired him to create the character of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) while the character of Tiny Tim is based on his disabled nephew.

He then races to publish the book in six weeks, just in time for Christmas. His beloved book is titled A Christmas Carol.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Screenwriter Susan Coyne is Canadian.

Director: Bharat Nalluri
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Niv Fichman, Susan Mullen
Screenplay: Susan Coyne
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  • 5 stars "If you loved "A Christmas Carol" as I did you will absolutely adore this movie. It gives us glimpses into Charles Dicken's life as well as shows us how the story was created and the genius behind it. We can all use the messages given to us for the season . A movie to treasure. And just in time for the holidays."
  • 5 stars "I had been looking forward to seeing this movie as I am a fan of Charles Dicken's novels. It did not fail to deliver. A superb gem of a movie wondrously blending a time-portrait of the author's life (including flashbacks to his childhood) all in tandem with the magical creation of "A Christmas Carol" before our very eyes. Dan Stevens (from Downton Abbey) does a remarkably superb job playing Dickens as does Christopher Plummer playing Scrooge. I absolutely loved all of it. And it came out just in time for Christmas, just like Dickens succeeded in accomplishing back in 1843. A must-see , a movie that can definitely be classified as a keeper."