A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.

Director:

Armando Iannucci

Writers:

Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Referee Boy
Nigel Betts ... Creditor
Ruby Bentall ... Janet
Darren Boyd ... 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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Storyline

A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, color and humanity. Written by yusufpiskin

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1800s | fate | kite | orphan | child labour | See All (18) »

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From rags to riches... and back again

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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). See more »

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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

Betsey Trotwood: My late brother all over. Calls a house a rookery, takes the rooks on trust. A better name would have been Gullible Manor.
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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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The Mermaid
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Sunday night viewing with eccentric characters
23 August 2020 | by hsfairbrotherSee all my reviews

Really enjoyable Sunday night viewing. The film felt dreamy and this worked well with the narrator recounting the memories of his life whilst writing and showing us how life itself the sole source for writing. The whole thing had a bit of a Wes Anderson feel but this may have been because Tilda Swinton was in the film and the characters were very eccentric! Definitely give it a go!


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UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Personal History of David Copperfield See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$475,800, 30 August 2020

Gross USA:

$1,876,298

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,284,948
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39: 1
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