A Carol Christmas

A Carol Christmasplay

Written by Tom Amundsen
Directed by Matthew Irmas
Starring Tori Spelling
Dinah Manoff
William Shatner
Gary Coleman
Theme music composer Roger Bellon
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Robert Halmi, Jr.
Larry Levinson
Albert T. Dickerson III
Cinematography Geza Sinkovics
Editor(s) Jennifer Jean Cacavas
Thomas A. Krueger
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Larry Levinson Productions
Hallmark Entertainment
Distributor Hallmark Channel
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release December 7, 2003 (USA)

A Carol Christmas is a TV movie starring Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner and Gary Coleman. It premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2003. The film is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of a similar name.


Spelling plays Carol Cartman, a conceited sensationalist talk show host. She is cynical, selfish, and generally treats her employees with cold contempt. She has been molded this way by her late Aunt Marla (Dinah Manoff). On Christmas Eve, she is haunted by her Aunt who warns her of the mistake she made and the terrible fate awaiting her if she doesn't change. In the tradition of the original story, she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Gary Coleman), Present (William Shatner) and Future (James Cromwell, uncredited). She is shown how she will die alone, unloved and a fallen-from-stardom has-been if she doesn't change. At the end, she becomes a warm, caring person vowing to make amends. She goes on to her television show and makes a touching speech to her audience about the importance of Christmas and giving. At the very end, the three Christmas Spirits reappear outside Carol's sister's house, where Carol decided to go after all for the holidays, and comment on their work at transforming Carol Cartman, a twist not seen in any adaptation of A Christmas Carol up to then, and which would be repeated three years later, at the end of Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.


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