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Charles believes, as his father does, that no one is useless who helps others. Dickens' novella explores the importance of altruism, charity, and redemption. The book sets up Christmas and the holiday spirit as a time of spreading goodwill and being extra generous. Themes include compassion, empathy, integrity, and gratitude."> Positive Messages

Charles believes, as his father does, that no one


Charles is talented, caring, and kind. But he's not perfect. He sometimes yells at people, gets frustrated, etc. His best friend, John Forster, is intelligent, protective, and selfless. The maid Tara is curious and bright."> Positive Role Models

Charles is talented, caring, and kind. But he"s no


Potentially disturbing flashbacks to difficult times when Charles' father is dragged off and arrested for an unpaid debt and Charles is forced to work in a factory. The ghost of Jacob Marley is shown shackled and in chains. A wealthy man says poor people are better off dead than living off charity; they should hurry up and die to "decrease the surplus population.""> Violence & Scariness

Potentially disturbing flashbacks to difficult tim


Use of "ass." Also "bah humbug." Charles is made fun of for saying his father is a "gentleman" when he works in the factory."> Language

Use of "ass." Also "bah humbug." Charles is made f


A few adult characters smoke pipes or drink alcohol at dinners or clubs. Charles' father seems and acts drunk."> Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few adult characters smoke pipes or drink alcoho


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Parents need to know that The Man Who Invented Christmas is a fictionalized take on how English author Charles Dickens came up with A Christmas Carol. Dickens (Dan Stevens) is desperate for a story idea when a series of strangers, relatives, and friends inspires him to write about miserly old…


Charles believes, as his father does, that no one is useless who helps others. Dickens" novella explores the importance of altruism, charity, and redemption. The book sets up Christmas and the holiday spirit as a time of spreading goodwill and being extra generous. Themes include compassion, empathy, integrity, and gratitude.

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Charles is talented, caring, and kind. But he"s not perfect. He sometimes yells at people, gets frustrated, etc. His best friend, John Forster, is intelligent, protective, and selfless. The maid Tara is curious and bright.



If you"re looking for a story of redemption, look no further. Also a lesson in determination and hard work. I"m a professional musician, writer, husband and father. This is a great testament to the creative process. As brilliant as Charles Dickens himself. Bravo!

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is a fictionalized drama about legendary author Charles Dickens" possible real-life inspirations -- and motivations -- for writing the classic story A Christmas Carol. It"s 1843, and 31-year-old Dickens (Dan Stevens) hasn"t had a commercial success in several years; he"s facing a personal financial crisis after three critically panned books. So he decides to write a Christmas-themed book after encountering various strangers -- including a waiter named Marley, a greedy businessman, and a dry-eyed elderly man (Christopher Plummer) who says "humbug" at his business partner"s funeral. When Dickens fails to secure a publisher (one says the book won"t be profitable because Christmas is a "minor holiday"), he decides to seek financing to self-publish. On a tight six-week deadline, Dickens begins to see the characters as memorable strangers and loved ones alike, with Scrooge (played by Plummer) popping up in his head and defending his miserly positions until the novella is done.

The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale. Read critic reviews


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In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol," forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.

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Rating: PG (Thematic Elements|Some Mild Language)

Genre: Holiday, History, Drama, Biography

Original Language: English

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 22, 2017 wide

Release Date (Streaming): Mar 6, 2018

Box Office (Gross USA): $5.7M

Runtime: 1h 44m

Distributor: Bleecker Street Media

Production Co: Parallel Films, Rhombus Media


Cast & Crew


Dan Stevens

Charles Dickens


Christopher Plummer

Ebenezer Scrooge


Jonathan Pryce

John Dickens


Justin Edwards

John Forster


Morfydd Clark

Kate Dickens


Donald Sumpter

Jacob Marley


Miles Jupp

William Makepeace Thackeray


Simon Callow

Leech


Miriam Margolyes

Mrs. Fisk


Ian Mc
Neice

Chapman


Bill Paterson

Mr. Grimsby


Anna Murphy

Tara, Ghost of Christmas Past


Ger Ryan

Mrs. Dickens


Annette Badland

Mrs. Fezziwig


Cosimo Fusco

Signor Mazzini


Bharat Nalluri

Director


Susan Coyne

Screenwriter


Robert Mickelson

Producer


Ian Sharples

Producer


Susan Mullen

Producer


Niv Fichman

Producer


Vadim Jean

Producer


Paula Mazur

Executive Producer


Mitchell Kaplan

Executive Producer


Andrew Karpen

Executive Producer


Laurie May

Executive Producer


Ben Smithard

Cinematographer


Jamie Pearson

Film Editing


Stephen O"Connell

Film Editing


Mychael Danna

Original Music


Paki Smith

Production Design


Neill Treacy

Art Director


Leonie Prendergast

Costume Design


Amy Hubbard

Casting


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