TV Movie | PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.
When Marley's ghost removes the cloth from around his head and from under his chin, his lower jaw drops agape before he starts to speak. It's mostly forgotten today in our sanitized death culture that with the slackened muscles of death, the jaw tends to drop wide open, creating what viewers of the body might think an undignified, if not ghastly, last image of the deceased. The neatly tied cloth was a means of keeping the lower jaw in place and thus remedying this unsightly side-effect of death on a person's visage. In the case of Marley's ghost, removal of the wrap and releasing his jaw was also necessary for him to speak for that very same reason. The moment is a nice, if unusual, touch to the Marley's ghost mythos.
... "Quick as a WINK," you idiot!
Ghost of Christmas Present: Ebenezer! Shhhh!
Ebenezer Scrooge: You said they could neither see nor hear us.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, yes... that's right. Well, even I forget the regulations sometimes; after all, I don't come back very often.
Ebenezer Scrooge: SHHHH... I'm trying to listen to the ...
Towards The beginning of the film you see Ebenezer Scrooge was heading into the Scene When he was gonna talk to the three men you could see closely that whenever the guy says "Merry Christmas" to Ebenezer Scrooge he so happens to smile and say it back though we never hear him say it.
The more recent DVD and Blu ray releases by 20th Century Fox edit out the fade to blacks where advert breaks originally would have been (which ironically had dramatically broken the film up into the five 'staves' as per the novel). This has made for some rather abrupt jump cuts in the visuals and music.