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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

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Director: Sarah-Jane Cornish, Simon Curtis, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith

Cast: Sarah-Jane Cornish, Simon Curtis, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith


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A distinguished cast highlights this made-for-TV adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' best-loved novels. Young David Copperfield (Daniel Radcliffe) is loved by his mother Clara (Emilia Fox), but does not get along with his foul-tempered stepfather, Murdstone (Trevor Eve). After biting Murdstone during a fight,


A distinguished cast highlights this made-for-TV adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' best-loved novels. Young David Copperfield (Daniel Radcliffe) is loved by his mother Clara (Emilia Fox), but does not get along with his foul-tempered stepfather, Murdstone (Trevor Eve). After biting Murdstone during a fight, David is forced to attend a boarding school operated by the vicious and humorless Mr. Creakle (Ian McKellen). After Clara suddenly dies, David is sent to work; while his labors are tiring and poorly compensated, he finds a benefactor in the good-hearted Mr. Micawber (Bob Hoskins) and his wife (Imelda Staunton). However, Micawber does not manage money well, and winds up in a debtors prison. Left to his devices, David sets out to find one of his few surviving relatives, his eccentric Aunt Betsy (Maggie Smith). The years pass, and the grown-up David (Ciaran McMenamin) has struggled to build a better life for himself, with the help of Betsy's attorney, Mr. Wickfield. David also becomes friendly with Wickfield's daughter Agnes (Amanda Ryan), but he finds a nemesis in the lawyer's clerk Uriah Heep (Nicholas Lyndhurst). David also marries a simple woman named Nora (Joanna Page), but their union brings him little happiness. David Copperfield was a co-production of the BBC and WGBH Boston. It received its American premier on the acclaimed anthology series Masterpiece Theatre.

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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.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dicken's Favorite Child: A behind the scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield

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

Disc #1 -- David Copperfield
1. A Boy [5:47]
2. A Chill Wind [4:39]
3. Away From Home [5:17]
4. Surprise for You [5:30]
5. Firm Improvements [3:16]
6. Goodbyes [3:29]
7. Salem House [7:19]
8. Your Brother [5:20]
9. Mourning [4:32]
10. London [5:13]
11. Negotiate [3:17]
12. King's Bench Prison [7:14]
13. Betsey Trotwood [5:02]
14. Mr. Dick [6:44]
15. New Home [2:47]
16. Agnes Wickfield [6:12]
17. Young Gentleman [4:02]
18. End Credits [1:03]
1. A New Life [4:08]
2. Agnes's Invite [6:00]
3. Renewing Old Acquaintances [4:59]
4. Peggotty Again [5:23]
5. Little Emily [4:27]
6. Dinner With Micawber [4:54]
7. A Beggar [4:25]
8. Uriah's Schemes [5:10]
9. Disastrous Events [4:48]
10. She Is Gone [5:11]
11. Women in Distress [6:45]
12. Patience [4:16]
13. Lost and Found [5:54]
14. After the Storm [3:36]
15. Uriah Heep [5:39]
16. Departures [9:29]
17. Reunions [6:43]
18. End Credits [1:05]


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David Copperfield 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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.
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.
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