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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2020 (USA)
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Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Director:

Armando Iannucci

Writers:

Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fisayo Akinade ... Markham
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Mrs Steerforth
Albie Atkinson Albie Atkinson ... Mealy Potatoes
Aneurin Barnard ... Steerforth
Tuwaine Barrett Tuwaine Barrett ... Refereree Boy
Nigel Betts ... Creditor
Ruby Bentall ... Janet
Darren Boyd ... Edward Murdstone
Peter Capaldi ... Mr. Micawber
Gwendoline Christie ... Jane Murdstone
Morfydd Clark ... Clara Copperfield / Dora Spenlow
Daisy May Cooper ... Peggotty
Matthew Cottle ... Mr. Spenlow
Faisal Dacosta ... Mick Walker
Glen Davies Glen Davies ... Coalman
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Storyline

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD re-imagines Charles Dickens' classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers- giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. Emmy® winners and Oscar® nominees Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP, THE DEATH OF STALIN, HBO'S "Veep") and Simon Blackwell (IN THE LOOP, HBO'S "Succession") lend their wry, yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens' iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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From rags to riches... and back again

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief violence. | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Personal History of David Copperfield See more »

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Budget:

$15,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film features colourblind casting. See more »

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When David is on the cart going to Yarmouth, fading jet contrails are clearly visible in the sky. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits are supposed to be listed in alphabetical order, however, Paul Whitehouse is billed above Ben Whishaw whereas they should be the other way around. See more »

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Better than I expected.
21 January 2020 | by iamkeysersoze-13228See all my reviews

TPHODC is a delightful film and much better than I thought it would be. If you can get past the "not accurate to the book", there is seriously a lot to like here.

Everyone is really good here. Dev Patel delivers his best performance. Capaldi, Laurie and Swinton are really great here however the whimsical style of the performances and of the film don't always work.

Like all the works of Iannucci, the comedy is hit or miss. Sometimes the comedy is funny. Other times it feels more awkward. It is a seriously entertaining film with a lot of charm. Dev Patel was a great choice for Copperfield. The film is also unnecessarily too long. About 20 minutes to long. The film struggles at times because of that in terms of pacing. It is worth checking this film out. It isn't always perfect and the film similar to The Death of Stalin, has a style which doesn't always work for the kind of film it is.


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