David Copperfield

David Copperfield

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Director: Sarah-Jane Cornish, Simon Curtis

Cast: Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith

     
 

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A presentation of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, the 1999 version of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield directed by Simon Curtis comes to DVD from WGBH Boston Video presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital sound. Special features include a cast list, poster gallery, and link to the website.

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A presentation of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, the 1999 version of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield directed by Simon Curtis comes to DVD from WGBH Boston Video presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital sound. Special features include a cast list, poster gallery, and link to the website.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Wonderfully eccentric Dickens characters populate this production of David Copperfield, thanks to brilliant casting and acting. Peggoty, Wilkins Micawber, Uriah Heep -- all are here in full caricature as director Simon Curtis dramatizes one of English literature's most oft-told and best-loved stories. Delightful performances abound: Bob Hoskins is so good as Micawber, David's ne'er-do-well friend for whom a job is always about to "turn up," that he may well replace W.C. Fields as the definitive film Micawber. Hoskins is warm, funny, generous -- a philanthropist with nothing to give. Careful not to unduly hyperbolize his character, Hoskins infuses him with just enough idiosyncrasy to make him wholly human and perfectly Dickensian. Just as remarkable as Hoskins' performance is Maggie Smith's as David's aunt and protector, Betsey Trotwood. She has spit and fire, and woe unto anyone who dares to tread upon her garden or threaten the interests of young David. With her lashing tongue, she easily overmatches cruel Mr. Murdstone Trevor Eve and his wicked witch of a sister -- with the help, of course, of Mr. Dick Ian McNiece, who is as benign as he is rotund. As Creakle, Ian McKellen deserves a ten on the scale of cruelty for complacently nibbling on cheese while telling David that his mother has died. Nicholas Lyndhurst is suitably slimy as devious Uriah Heep, and Daniel Radcliffe is engaging in the role of young David, exhibiting innocence and vulnerability. The only flaw in the film may be the performance of Ciarán McMenamin as the adult David. Although McMenamin is satisfactory in the role, he lacks the magic and charm projected by the other actors. All in all, though, this version of Copperfield may stand as the best of all, and it's suitable for the entire family.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0783421365094
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Time:
3:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Cast list; Poster gallery; Access to the "David Copperfield" website, including production notes, interviews with the cast and crew, a guide to the featured characters, a Charles Dickens timeline, and other resources; Scene selection; Closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hoskins Mr. Wilkins Micawber
Maggie Smith Aunt Betsey Trotwood
Ian McKellen Mr. Creakle
Ciarán McMenamin Older David
Pauline Quirke Clara Peggotty
Emilia Fox Clara Copperfield
Trevor Eve Mr. Murdstone
Zoë Wanamaker Miss Murdstone
Alun Armstrong Daniel Peggotty
Imelda Staunton Mrs. Micawber
Amanda Ryan Agnes Micawber
Michael Elphick Mr. Barkis
Tom Wilkinson Narrator
James Thornton Actor
Oliver Milburn Actor
Dawn French Actor
Cherie Lunghi Actor

Technical Credits
Sarah-Jane Cornish Director
Simon Curtis Director
Andy Collins Cinematographer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Janey Fothergill Costumes/Costume Designer
Carrie Hilton Costumes/Costume Designer
Adrian Hodges Screenwriter
Robert Lane Score Composer
Mike O'Neill Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Dickens Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction to Part One [3:24]
2. David's Childhood [14:11]
3. Mr. Murdstone, David's New Stepfather [12:32]
4. David Is Sent to School [7:06]
5. David Becomes An Orphan [10:40]
6. Mr. Micawber [12:43]
7. David Journeys to Find Aunt Betsey [14:49]
8. The Wickfield Home [11:14]
1. Introduction to Part Two [3:13]
2. David Falls in Love [8:39]
3. Steerforth Returns [10:59]
4. A Visit to Yarmouth [9:50]
5. David's Engagement [14:10]
6. Emily's Gone [10:55]
7. A New Life With Dora [11:43]
8. Emily is Found [7:05]
9. The Truth About Uriah Heep [10:23]
10. David's Happy Ending [12:36]
11. Closing Remarks [4:16]

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David Copperfield 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic ! Daniel Radcliffe's performance as young Copperfield was superb.Daniel Radcliffe's performance had me on my toes throughout the entire movie. I never saw a better performance by a minor , and I'm a movie director.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! It's one of my favoite movies! Daniel Radcliffe's perfomance is awesome! It makes me want to read the book. I just wish Daniel Radcliffe was in it longer.
WildaboutHarry More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the Dickens' novels put to film and this one is no exception. I loved Daniel Ratcliff as the younger David - thought he did a wonderful job. And Maggie Smith is such a great actress! Very enjoyable for the entire family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago