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David Copperfield (TV Movie 1999) Poster

(1999 TV Movie)

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Daniel Radcliffe's first filmed project. In his first role, he would co-star with no less than six of his future co-stars of the "Harry Potter" film series: Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Zoë Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Dawn French (The Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)), Paul Whitehouse (Sir Cadogan in "Prisoner of Azkaban" (scenes deleted)), and Simpson McKendry (who played a Beauxbatons girl in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)).
Harry Lloyd (Young Steerforth) is the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, who wrote the novel on which this production is based.
The aqua pelisse Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) wears to say goodbye to Davy was previously worn by Emilia Fox (Georgiana Darcy) at Ramsgate in Pride and Prejudice (1995). The same costume is also worn by Olivia Williams (Jane Fairfax) at Box Hill in Emma (1996), by Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) at Fanny's London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) at the London party where she meets Byron in Byron (2003).
This version makes a change from the novel. In the book, young David is put to work pasting labels on bottles of wine at Murdstone and Grinby's wine company; in the film, he is put to work pasting labels on jars of blacking (shoe polish in the U.S.). No doubt the change was made because Charles Dickens was put to work pasting labels in Warren's Blacking Factory at the age of 12, when his father John Dickens was imprisoned for debt.
The sprigged sheer yellow gown with white sleeves worn by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) is the same gown worn by Samantha Morton (Harriet Smith) at Randalls in Emma (1996), and by Lucy Davis (Maria Lucas) at Rosings Park in Pride and Prejudice (1995).
The straw bonnet with a pale blue ribbon worn by Maggie Smith (Betsey Trotwood) is the same costume worn by Kate Winslet (Marianne Dashwood) at Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility (1995), and by Judi Dench (Miss Matty) in Cranford (2007).
When Chris Columbus was asked what type of child he wanted to play Harry Potter, he used a clip of Daniel Radcliffe from _David Copperfield (1999) (TV)_ qv) to show them what he wanted.
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).
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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).
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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).
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The green pelisse Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) wears to the funeral is the same costume Lucy Scott (Charlotte Lucas) wears walking to dinner at Rosings Park in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Sophia Myles (Susan Price) wears walking in Portsmouth in Mansfield Park (1999).
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