David Copperfield 1 Season 2000

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Season 1
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1. David Copperfield - Episode 1 PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

David's happy childhood days in the village of Blunderstone with his mother, Clara (Emilia Fox), and at Great Yarmouth with their servant, Peggotty (Pauline Quirke) and her family, are brought to an end by the marriage of Clara to high-minded but brutal Edward Murdstone (Trevor Eve). He and his sister, Jane (Zo? Wanamaker), move into the peaceful little house and begin a repressive regime.

Starring:
Bob Hoskins, Thelma Barlow
Runtime:
46 minutes

David Copperfield - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Simon Curtis
Starring Bob Hoskins, Thelma Barlow
Supporting actors Michael Elphick, Alun Armstrong, Emilia Fox
Season year 2000
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By "aaron_taylor13" on 15 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
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 By S. Baldwin on 8 Jan 2003
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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 By S. F. husseiny on 26 Mar 2012
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(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 By no1filmaddict on 26 Nov 2003
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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 By Greshon on 1 Mar 2009
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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 By Kev Partner VINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2014
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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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