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David Copperfield (1970)

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

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Mr. Tungay
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Barkis
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Aunt Betsey
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Dora Spenlow
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Agnes Wickfield
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Mrs. Micawber
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Uriah Heep
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Mr. Creakle
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David Copperfield
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Mr.Peggotty
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Mr. Micawber
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Mr. Dick
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Emily
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Mr. Murdstone
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The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

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Charles Dickens' Immortal Story of a Young Man's Journey to Maturity

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15 March 1970 (USA)  »

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Released as a theatrical film in Europe, this film premiered as an NBC television special in the USA. See more »

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Version of David Copperfield (1922) See more »

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The Lord Is My Shepherd
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Hymn tune "Crimond"
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Mixed review
24 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film felt longer than it was. The acting and scenery were certainly enjoyable, but the story was difficult to get into. (I have not read the book.) Eventually I found it compelling enough to keep watching to the end. The characters' interactions were good and I became interested enough to wonder what Copperfield's shallow despair was all about and what would happen. On hindsight I agree with a previous reviewer that the flashback device created a character of Copperfield that was out of character with his life in flashbacks. What I really hated about the film was the awful perms on the lead and the heavy eye makeup on the beautiful women. I guessed this film had to have been made in the early 1970s. I was close. I actually felt relief when Copperfield came out of the water and his hair was plastered to his head instead of all poofed out and neatly clipped. Hardly Dickensonian.


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