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David Copperfield [DVD] [1999]

Emilia Fox , Pauline Quirke , Simon Curtis    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emilia Fox, Pauline Quirke, Maggie Smith, John Normington, Daniel Radcliffe
  • Directors: Simon Curtis
  • Writers: Adrian Hodges, Charles Dickens
  • Producers: Jane Tranter, Kate Harwood, Katrine Dudley, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Colour, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KB4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,303 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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Bob Hoskins David Copperfield

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply glorious 15 Mar 2004
David Copperfield is simply glorious. Though not massively faithful to the book (a fact that may make die hard Dickens fans baulk) it presents its cut down version amazingly.
The BBC builds here on its impressive record of period dramas (including the impassible Pride and Predjudice in 1995), and whilstm being Dickens much of this production is set in dingy victorian London, it doesn't lose any of its beauty. The costumes are wonderful, the rich costumes suiting even the younger members of the cast. The two Davids are wonderful, Daniel Radcliffe shows, at the age of 9 the ability to draw in the viewer that would be exibited two years later as Harry Potter. His eyes alone, on the close ups are enough to make any viewer weep at the various injustices that befall our hero. Ciarán McMenamin is good as the adult David, though I admit a certain inability to see how the young David developed into him.
Of the rest of the cast, its virtually impossible to pick a best. Trevor Eve and Zoe Wannamaker show equal meaness in their roles as David's evil mental torturers and with a cast that also includes such greats as Ian McKellen, Bob Hoskins, Dawn French, Pauline Quirk and Emelia Fox it would be an injustice to single anyone out. That is, were it not for the spectacular performance of Maggie Smith, who pulls out all of the stops in her wonderful, heartwarming performance as David's aunt. The idea of anyone else now playing this role, seems foreign to me.
All in all this is a great adaptation of a great novel. Filmed in all its beauty by Simon Curtis and his wonderful crew. Let this version stand as a benchmark for a long long time.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version todate 8 Jan 2003
This classic story has been told so many times that it becomes increasingly difficult to take it further. However, this version does just that with an excellent cast and great locations.
It originally aired Christmas 1999 on BBC1, shown over two evenings. In my house it totally enthralled all who watched it, including two moody 12 year olds who initially complained about being made to watch it - Copperfield at its very best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
(THE FILM)David Copperfield was Dickens' own favourite - and was to become his most enduringly popular - novel, with a host of characters which are among the most famous creations in fiction.Now it burst onto screen in a dazzling adaptation which boasts a truly world-class cast: there's Bob Hoskins as the ever-optimistic Mr Micawber; Maggie Smith as David's fearsome aunt, Betsey Trotwood; Trevor Eve as the sadistic Mr Murdstone; Nicholas Lyndhurst as sly, sinister Uriah Heep; Pauline Quirke as David's loyal friend and servant, Pegotty; and featuring Ciaran McMenamin as David, with Harry Lloyd (the 15 year old descendant of Dickens himself) as the young Steer-forth.
WHAT CAN I SAY?..This is a lovely adaptation the warmth in which Peggotty shows David even after the Murdstones treat her so bad is touching. Maggie Smith is brilliant as Betsey Trotwood who comes to love David even though he wasn't what she wanted... There is a lot heartbreaking moments... and there is a lot of There joviality especially where the Micawbers are concerned...
Bob Hoskins puts in a strong yet classic comedic performance..
David Copperfield is for anyone who loves the Victorian or classic literature, or the very good period dramas..
This film is brilliant adaptation and full joyous humour it will warm heart and lift your spirit its pure pleasure to watch all the way through.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great BBC adaptation. 26 Nov 2003
This is a great adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. It comes on 2 discs and not suprisingly, due to the length of the novel, the film is also very long, lasting 3 hours in total.
This adaptation comes complete with an all star cast, including the likes of Bob Hoskins, and Daneil Radcliffe. Well, what more can i say other than this is a great film all round and if you are a fan of Charles Dickens, or just want an enjoyable film that you can watch over and over again, then this is the DVD you are looking for. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of a very good book 1 Mar 2009
By Greshon
Excellent 1999 adaptation of the 1850 Dickens novel. I had to read the book at university in 1998 (shame the adaptation wasn't made a couple of years earlier - I wouldn't have had to!), and I consider it to be in Dickens's second tier in terms of quality - better than, for example, A Tale of Two Cities or Hard Times, equal to, say, Our Mutual Friend but not as good as Oliver Twist or Great Expectations.

But this adaptation has reminded me how good the book was. I love how story captures the process of meeting different sets of people throughout different stages of one's life, and how these new sets of people, unknown and meaning nothing previously, come to mean as much - more even - than those earlier sets of people; and also what can happen when these different sets meet.

I didnt think much of Ciaran McMenamin as the older David (Daniel Radcliffe plays young David, and he's good), and I didn't think Nicholas Lyndhust was right as Heap, but Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins stand out as Betsey Trotwood and Mr Micawber.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty faithful 28 Feb 2014
By Kev Partner VINE VOICE
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This is one of those adaptations where they slice stuff out rather than rewrite it (as was the case with the recent Great Expectations) and it works better for it. After all, the story's a classic. Maggie Smith steals every scene she's in, of course, but I'd have prefered it if her character had been portrayed as in the book (ie a frightening character David is driven to in desperation) and the importance to David of his relationship with Steerforth is totally underplayed but perhaps that's a limit of time. Again, perhaps it's a consequence of being adapted for TV but this version is much lighter in tone than the book. Taken on its own, however, it's an enjoyable production with lots of good performances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 17 days ago by meldeak
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy.
I have read the book a couple of times, but this is the only adaptation of David Copperfield that I have viewed, so, comparisons are out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cristofori
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
This is my most favourite version, I can watch it over and over :)
Published 2 months ago by Twizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous
if you are a charles dickens fan, this really is a must have film. it's riveting from the moment it starts, until the moment it ends.
Published 3 months ago by julie flitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, please just enjoy it for what it is; a good yarn well told.
Watch with open mind, don't be too much of a purist, enjoy! We did, and reaped the rewards. Spot on.
Published 3 months ago by alan griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars David Copperfield
I watched this all star cast version on the Tv recently and enjoyed it, have seen many different versions but would rate this as one of the best.
Published 4 months ago by Zulu Warrior
3.0 out of 5 stars Isn't that Daniel Radcliffe?
It certainly is, and he's very good in this, his first part on screen.

Highly servieable production of a classic with a pleasing array of star turns. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in every way thanks to its all star cast.
This is were the BBC rules, great period drama and fanstastic locations .and of course a magnificent cast..Headed by dear Magy Smith.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Eric Frith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
This classic film is based on a Charles Dickens novel. The actors are well chosen and the film is captivating.

I like this film a lot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan Ionescu
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous film!
It's a fantastic film. It arrived in great condition after a very short amount of time. I can only recommend it to ya!!! I loved it!!!
Published 7 months ago by Miss Smith
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