This TV adaptation of the story features Joel Grey, left, as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Patrick Stewart, of "Star Trek" fame, as Scrooge. This production, directed by David Jones and written by Peter Barnes, is handsome and commendable, though not up to the splendid 1984 rendering with George C. Scott on CBS, wrote former Los Angeles Times television critic Howard Rosenberg. "Like Scott's, Stewart's Scrooge is no shriveled, doddering, stereotypical miser running his scrawny fingers through mounds of gold coins. Although properly menacing before seeing the light, [Stewart's Scrooge] is also a robust, shrewd, hard-dealing, tightfisted businessman who just happens to have a low opinion of Christmas and those who celebrate it."
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