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David Copperfield (1999)

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Directed by
Simon Curtis

Written by
Charles Dickens, Adrian Hodges

Emilia Fox, Pauline Quirke, Maggie Smith, John Normington, Daniel Radcliffe [more]

DVD Release Date
 R2: 20 Aug 2001

Budget GBP 4,000,000

Running Time
3 hours, 5 minutes

Country USA, UK

Studio BBC America, WGBH Boston

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• Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: David Copperfield

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David Copperfield

Runtime: 180
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rating: NR

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David Copperfield [1999]

Like a fine gourmet meal, the BBC's 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield has something to suit every taste: a well-paced screenplay that keeps the tale bowling along without losing the delights of some of Dickens' most sparkling dialogue; a rich gallery of characters; and a cast which features many of Britain's favourite actors. There is, of course, plenty of high comedy but some very tight direction checks any tendencies to over-ripe performance. The whole production is tightly integrated: from David's idyllic if cloistered childhood with his beloved mother and their devoted servant Peggotty, through the shattering arrival of a sadistic stepfather, rescue by his eccentric Aunt Betsey Trotwood and a journey into maturity where his very innocence makes him the unwitting agent of tragedy before all is resolved. Ciaran McMenamin is the mature David, his youthful face increasingly clouded by the gathering of experience. Trevor Eve oozes evil as his stepfather Mr Murdstone, ultimately neutralised by Maggie Smith's Aunt Betsey, a comic performance of true genius that gives frequent flashes of the vulnerable human being beneath. In other inspired pieces of casting, Nicholas Lyndhurst's incubus-like Uriah Heep haunts every scene he's in, and Pauline Quirke's Peggotty exudes the motherly warmth that sustains David during his darkest moments. Three hours of classic drama heaven. --Piers Ford

Release Date: Aug 20, 2001

Dolby Digital Stereo
16:9 Wide Screen
The Making Of
Music Edit

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