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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 2020 (UK)
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A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.

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Armando Iannucci

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Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 7 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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A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.

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From rags to riches... and back again

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2020 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Personal History of David Copperfield See more »

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$15,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,803,814
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Trivia

The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, England, features in the movie. Charles Dickens once stayed here and part of the book The Pickwick Papers is set there. See more »

Goofs

In Dickens' original novel, it is implied that Wilkins Micawber is slightly rotund, balding man. Quite the exact physical opposite of Peter Capaldi who plays him here, and much nearer to previous incarnations played by Bob Hoskins, Arthur Lowe and W.C. Fields. However as exact physical casting is not really adhered to in this film, it can be forgiven that the director also played loosely with his interpretation of this character (and asides from this, Capaldi's version of the character still portrays the blind optimism and shabby charm of Dickens character) . See more »

Quotes

Mr. Dick: A remarkable woman. Very kind.
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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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Whimsical and fun.
26 January 2020 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'The Personal History Of David Copperfield (2019)' feels, quite significantly, like a clip-show, closer to a series of interconnected skits than a traditionally cinematic narrative. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. It gives the piece - which does, of course, have an overarching story - a unique feel. It's also an apt way to condense a lifetime into two hours, featuring only the most significant moments of its eponymous character's life. It all seems a little surreal, especially when it begins to visualise its narration in the middle of select scenes. The experience starts off a little slow but it soon picks up the pace, moving towards its low-key finale with a fair bit of momentum. Most of it is presented rather farcically, its eccentric characters flailing their arms or speaking in eloquent metaphor. There are a fair few moments that provoke a chuckle or two, but the flick still retains some resonance. It isn't all overtly comedic; some of its more sobering stuff does, indeed, sting. It comes so close to having something to say about class, but this aspect remains distinctly subtextual and always comes second to the more straightforward story. This isn't a huge issue, though. Perhaps the movie's biggest asset is its ensemble cast. Patel, who perfectly portrays the adult version of the whimsical protagonist, is a real stand-out. As are Capaldi and Laurie, who play eccentric but endearing middle-aged men. Each and every cast member is decidedly good, though, doing exactly what they need to with apparent joy. Overall, the film is entertaining and well-made. It's fun, energetic and, in general, just a good time. 7/10


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