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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 Young David (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Murdstone (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Barkis (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Ham Peggotty (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Dan Peggotty (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mrs. Gummidge (2 episodes, 1999)
Laura Harling ...
 Little Emily (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Miss Murdstone (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady in coach (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Tungay (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Creakle (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Young Steerforth (2 episodes, 1999)
Steve Swinscoe ...
 Quinion (2 episodes, 1999)
Thomas Maher ...
 Mick (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Micawber (2 episodes, 1999)
Peter Sproule ...
 Bootmaker (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mrs. Micawber (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Pawnbroker (2 episodes, 1999)
Brian Abbott ...
 Constable (2 episodes, 1999)
Jake Nightingale ...
 Tinker (2 episodes, 1999)
Emily McKenzie ...
 Janet (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Dick (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Uriah Heep (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Wickfield (2 episodes, 1999)
Antonia Corrigan ...
 Young Agnes (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Agnes Wickfield (2 episodes, 1999)
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 David Copperfield (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Spenlow (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mrs. Crupp (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Dora Spenlow (2 episodes, 1999)
Clare Wilkie ...
 Julia Mills (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Steerforth (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Steerforth's Friend (2 episodes, 1999)
Colin Farrell ...
 Milkman (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mrs. Steerforth (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Rosa Dartle (2 episodes, 1999)
Kenneth MacDonald ...
 Littimer (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Emily (2 episodes, 1999)
Thelma Barlow ...
 Mrs. Heep (2 episodes, 1999)
Richard Howard ...
 Doctor (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Officer (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Clara Copperfield (2 episodes, 1999)
John Normington ...
 Dr. Chillip (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Peggotty (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Betsey Trotwood (2 episodes, 1999)
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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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One boy against the world.

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25 December 1999 (USA)  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The white and purple floral print gown worn by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) is the same costume worn by Francesca Annis (Mrs. Kirkpatrick) at the Towers in the opening scenes of Wives and Daughters (1999), and by Michelle Duncan (Charlotte Lucas) while sewing cushions at Longbourn in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Murdstone: [to David] You will defy me no further, boy! You will learn!
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Featured in Dickens (2002) See more »

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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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Wonderful Dickens adaptation, elevated by excellent acting
16 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of Dickens's book, and yes I preferred it over the 2000 version. Is it true to Dickens's work? It is reasonably, though the book isn't particularly easy to adapt at all, then again what Dickens book is? Even if there are any flaws such as it being a tad too long, it is completely compensated by the production values, music and the quality of the acting. The production values are superb, like in Bleak House and Little Dorritt, the sets are realistic-looking, the scenery breathtaking and the costumes sumptuous. The direction is also good, and sticks to the time period and the situations likely to happen during that period. The script is above decent, and does a more than acceptable job in adapting the book, and the music is lovely.

And of course the acting is exceptional. I was compelled to write a separate paragraph as there are so many performances I wish to acknowledge. Daniel Radcliffe is simply adorable as young David, and acts being vulnerable very convincingly. I don't know about anybody else but I think this is the best I've seen Daniel act. Maggie Smith was simply born for the role of Aunt Betsy Trotwood, and Trevor Eve is a chilling and vile Mr Murdstone. I also loved Bob Hoskins as the debt ridden but kindly Micawber, Zoe Wannamaker as Jane Murdstone, Pauline Quirke as maternal Pegotty and Amanda Ryan as the alluring Agnes Wickfield. Also worth of mention are Allun Armstrong as Daniel Pegotty, Ian McKellen as the sinister Creakle(a character I found disappointingly forgettable in the 2000 version) and especially Nicolas Lyndhurst as the snake-like and odious Uriah Heep.

Overall, I loved this 1999 adaptation for especially the acting. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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