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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Poster

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Morfydd Clark plays two characters in the film - Clara Copperfield (David's mother) and Dora Spenlow - the protagonist's love.
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The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, England, features in the movie. Charles Dickens once stayed there and part of the book The Pickwick Papers is set there.
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The theatre scenes were filmed at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds the last remaining Regency theatre in England
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The film features non-traditional casting.
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Kingston Upon Hull's old Town in Yorkshire, England was used for a large part of location work.
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Filmed during the hot dry summer of 2018, the film was finally premiered in Canada in September 2019 and theatrically released in the UK in January 2020. The reason for the long gap was to avoid the congestion of big box office releases in the Summer and Christmas periods and the fact it was realized the final edit was not going to be ready in time for a mass release in Autumn 2019. January/February is often considered a good time to release smaller independent, art-house or 'serious' films due to the lack of competition from the major studios in that period and the dominance they will have in terms of publicity and theatrical screen availability. So it was decided early on to aim to have the film in UK cinemas in that period and to release it in other countries during similar 'quiet periods during the year or when there was some expected screen availability in that territory.
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The famous illusionist David Copperfield adopted his stage name from the Charles Dickens novel 'David Copperfield', because he liked the sound of it.
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Paul Whitehouse previously appeared in the 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield (1999), playing a pawnbroker who gets swindled by Wilkins Micawber.
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Several supporting characters from the novel were not included in this adaptation. These include Mr. Barkis, who marries Peggotty, Littimer, Steerforth's manservant, and Rosa Dartle, companion to Mrs. Steerforth (Rose's characteristic scar was given to Mrs. Steerforth).
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Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong previously costarred in 'Doctor Strange.'
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Morfydd Clark played Kate Dickens in 'The Man who invented Christmas', a 2017 Christmas biographical comedy film about Charles Dickens.
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Peter Capaldi (Micawber) and Ben Whishaw (Uriah Heep) previously appeared together in 'Paddington' and its sequel. Darren Boyd (Murdstone) also voiced Mr. Brown in an animated adaptation of Paddington Bear.
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At approximately 1:02, Copperfield walks out of The Exorcists House in Kings Lynn, Norfolk which was the one time residence of F.R. Buckley
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the Dickens novel, David and Dora marry and conceive a child, but Dora loses the child, takes ill and dies. For this film, it was changed to Dora breaking off their engagement.
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In the original novel, David was sent to a school by Murdstone, then to the factory after his mother's death, then to a nicer school by Miss Trotwood. For this film, the first school experience and the factory were combined thus, the "he bites" sign incorporated into the factory setting rather than the school.
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In the book, Micawber is hired by Uriah Heep. It is him, not Agnes, who uncovers Uriah's treachery.
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In the book, Ham dies while rescuing people from the shipwreck. He was not specifically rescuing Steerforth, and Steerforth's death is not revealed. It is only shown that he drowned.
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In the book, Mr. Peggotty, Emily, the Micawber family and Mrs. Gummidge all emigrate to Australia. Mr. Micawber ends up as a magistrate there.
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In the book, Mr. Spenlow opposes David Copperfield dating his daughter, but he dies soon after and is allowed by his sisters (Dora's aunts), who adopt her, to date and marry her.
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In the book, there is a final scene when David is shown a prison and finds Uriah Heep there.
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