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David Copperfield (2000)

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John Goldsmith (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Richards ... Mr. Wilkins Micawber
Eileen Atkins ... Miss Jane Murdstone
Anthony Andrews ... Mr. Edward Murdstone
Frank McCusker Frank McCusker ... Uriah Heep
Hugh Dancy ... David Copperfield
Max Dolbey Max Dolbey ... Young David Copperfield
Sally Field ... Aunt Betsey Trotwood
Edward Hardwicke ... Mr. Wickfield
Freddie Jones ... Barkis
Nigel Davenport ... Dan Peggotty
Emily Hamilton ... Agnes Wickfield
Julie Cox ... Dora Spenlow
Sarah Smart ... Clara Copperfield
Alan Howard ... Mr. Spenlow
Alec McCowen ... Mr. Jorkins
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

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The story of a boy sent away to find his place in the world, who'll grow up to be a man discovering the power of the heart.

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Copperfield Dávid See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hallmark Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This project was rejected by the BCC. See more »

Quotes

David Copperfield: That is what he is, this fellow; a calculating, cold blooded, fortune hunter, without honour, scruple, or mercy.
Mr. Edward Murdstone: [overturns the table they are sitting at] Be silent!
David Copperfield: I have been silent too long! I will be silent no more!
Miss Jane Murdstone: Edward... come away
Mr. Edward Murdstone: Hold your tounge!
David Copperfield: He bullied, and harried my poor, weak mother into her grave!
Mr. Edward Murdstone: Yes, she was weak. But it was not I who preyed upon her weakness, it was her own SON, who drained her of the strenght she needed with his wild behaviour and importunate demands!
David Copperfield: ...
[...]
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Produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland. See more »

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Version of David Copperfield (1999) See more »

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Some strengths, mostly disappointing
21 November 2001 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

This adaptation of "David Copperfield" did have some strengths, but for the most part was disappointing. Some scenes were good, such as the savage beating Mr. Murdstone gives to young David, cut with scenes of the mature David flinching as he remembers the blows. Uriah Heep was a truly Dickensian villain, slithering and oiling his way into a position of power. But Mr. Micawber was spoiled by the extremely eccentric accent of Michael Richards, and Sally Field was just not English enough for Betsy Trotwood. Her shouts of "DonkEEEES!" sounded like Minny Pearl. A story like this must naturally be abridged for the screen, but that's no excuse for omitting important storylines like the Steerforth/Little Em'ly/Rosa Dartle situation and instead inventing a new one, like Mr. Murdstone as a sort of marital vampire whose destruction is the turning point of David's life. Despite some good performances and scenes, this is not a memorable "David Copperfield".


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