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David Copperfield (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  16 April 2000 (USA)
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Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

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David Copperfield lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara and their housekeeper Peggotty. His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber and moves in with the man and his loving family but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood. She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. As he grows older David is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora. Life's challenges continue to confront him but with the help of friends and family, he overcomes adversity including his aunt's loss of her savings, the death of his wife and the ... Written by garykmcd

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The dark empire-waist coat worn by a mourner in the opening scene is the same costume worn by Maxine Peake (Miss Wade) in Little Dorrit (2008), and by Phyllida Law to church in Miss Austen Regrets (2008), and by Alex Kingston (Mrs. Bennet) in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

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The younger Davy is right-handed; the elder Davy is left-handed. See more »

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Murdstone: What name did you just call your mistress?
Peggotty: [Coldly] Mrs Copperfield, same as always, sir.
Murdstone: But she has a new name now: Murdstone. Oblige me by remembering that in future.
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Version of David Copperfield (1911) See more »

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Wonderful acting--a must for fans of Dickens!
30 October 2002 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

This version of David Copperfield rivals the classic 1935 version, which starred Freddie Bartholomew as David, and W. C. Fields as Mr. Micawber.

Dickens' great strength as an author was characterization, and Director Simon Curtis transforms this strength onto the screen. Even the most minor supporting characters are portrayed well.

In the major roles, Daniel Radcliffe as the young David is outstanding. (Of course, he has gone on to star as Harry Potter.)

Bob Hoskins is excellent as Micawber, Amanda Ryan portrays Agnes Wickfield beautifully, and Ian McNeice as Mr. Dick and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Uriah Heep are perfect.

For me, however, the true star of the movie is Dame Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsy Trotwood. Dame Maggie was born to play this role, and every frame in which she appears is a pleasure to watch.

This movie presents Dickens in the way Dickens was meant to be seen on the screen. Bravo!

 


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