Ebenezer Scrooge, played by George C. Scott in this 1984 film, has a heart, but it’s cold, hard, and uncaring. A visit by his very deceased friend Jacob Marley begins his eye-opening transformation. At first, Scrooge is sure the ghostly visit was a result of something he ate. Surely, it was only a nightmare.
Scrooge’s heart remained hard throughout the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Past. He asks if she’s the ghost of Christmas long past. She answers, “No. Your past.” He thinks he’s on a warm journey down memory lane, but he’s confronted with the bricks that he’s used all this time to wall himself away from others. This version of the story has always made me see the emotional side of a very cold heart.
I love the humor in the eyes of Edward Woodward who played the Ghost of Christmas Present. Poor Scrooge seemed to be a little offended. By the time the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Be had finished his visit, he was a changed man.
So what caused the calloused and cold man to spring to life? It wasn’t the merry season. It wasn’t the repeated invitation of his nephew to join him for Christmas dinner. And it wasn’t the sight of his employee Bob Cratchit’s son standing in the snow, leaning on a crutch.
George C Scott plays a very sad man who can’t seem to see beyond his pocketbook. Subtle changes on his face tell about the heart of a man who wishes life had been different. When given a second chance to make things better, he proves that a villain can turn into a hero. And anyone who wants to change his life …can!