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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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Delbert Mann

Writer:

Jack Pulman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Mr. Tungay
Cyril Cusack ... Barkis
Edith Evans ... Aunt Betsey
Pamela Franklin ... Dora Spenlow
Susan Hampshire ... Agnes Wickfield
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Micawber
Ron Moody ... Uriah Heep
Laurence Olivier ... Mr. Creakle
Robin Phillips ... David Copperfield
Michael Redgrave ... Mr.Peggotty
Ralph Richardson ... Mr. Micawber
Emlyn Williams ... Mr. Dick
Sinéad Cusack ... Emily
James Donald ... Mr. Murdstone
James Hayter ... Porter
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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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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' David Copperfield See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The second Charles Dickens movie for Ron Moody (Uriah Heep). Moody had previously played Fagin in the movie version of the musical "Oliver!", a role he originated on the London stage. See more »

Crazy Credits

Credits look like the original illustrations by Phiz, but are in fact pastiches by Mel Isaacson using the faces of the actors in their roles. See more »

Connections

Version of David Copperfield (1911) See more »

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On Wings of Song
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Not up to the job
1 October 2003 | by Pickwick12See all my reviews

As much as I love the story of David Copperfield, I cannot claim to have enjoyed this movie. It was probably the second worst movie I have ever seen. One problem I see is that the magnitude of the novel asks for a miniseries of several hours, rather than a regular movie. It is just impossible to capture a significant amount of the events that take place in the story in two hours. I dis not enjoy the brooding flashback format. It was disjointed and would be impossible for someone who did not already know the story to fully grasp. Also, I don't think the filmmakers interpreted Copperfield's personality correctly. The idea of him strolling around on a beach moaning about his life seems inconsistent with the proactive, forward-thinking nature Dickens gave him in the novel. Agnes also bothered me. She came across as a ditsy household decoration, rather than a strong woman. Dora was perfect, however. This movie was fraught with problems, and I wait eagerly for someone to make a decent screen version.


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