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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
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 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)
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 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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£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The white gown worn by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) while being courted by Mr. Murdstone is the same costume worn by Samantha Morton (Harriet Smith) during Emma's fantasy sequence of Harriet marrying Mr. Elton in Emma (1996), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) in Byron (2003). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Betsey Trotwood: I don't allow anybody to ride over this turf. I make no exceptions.
Miss Murdstone: Your regulation is rather awkward to strangers.
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Connections

Version of David Copperfield (1974) See more »

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Newcastle
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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A must for young Potter/Radcliffe Fans
2 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is Daniel Radcliffe's first movie, and he is wonderful in it!

Charles Dickens, who wrote this story, lived in the 1800's. He is the only author whose popularity has come near to equalling that of JK Rowling! In his day, books were often published as serials in the newspaper. Dicken's books were so popular that people would queue in the street, waiting for the papers to arrive so they could read the next chapter. When a child died in one of the stories, people in both England and America went into mourning!

In the book, David Copperfield tells his own story, from his birth (which is both sad and funny) to his marriage. Dicken's based the story of David Copperfield partly, but not exactly, on his own life. The dear, funny, optimistic Mr McCawber who cannot pay his debts, is based on Dicken's own father who was thrown in prison for unpaid bills.

The terrible school and factory that David is put into by his cruel stepfather are taken from Dicken's life.

Daniel plays David as a child. He is perfectly suited to the role. Among the other characters we find Zoe Wannamaker (Madame Hooch) as his horrible aunt and Imelda Staunton (who has just been chosen as Umbridge) playing the poor wife with soooo many kids who is in despair over her penniless husband.

But the biggest star of the show is Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagal) who plays the very eccentric but lovable Betsy Trotwood, who comes to adore David, but cannot stand donkeys under any circumstance!

There is another lovely crazy character called Mr Dick and the ultimate crreeep called Uriah Heep. He is the slimiest, sneakiest, smarmiest person that you can imagine! There is just one real disappointment- the young man who plays the grown-up David! He doesn't look enough like Daniel. He has a very smug expression. His accent is wrong! His acting is not at all convincing! I really wish that they had chosen someone else! For young people who can read great big complex books like The Order of the Phoenix, this is for YOU! Mandyjam


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