Movie Review: David Copperfield, 1999  » Movies  »
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  • The eccentric Aunt Betsy Trotwood who runs off in anger on the day of David's birth because it's a boy and not a girl, like she wanted

    • by Lorianna
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      I bought this movie on DVD from Amazon. com. It is great for family watching since the story will interest children as well as adults, and there is no nudity or profanity.

      It will make a good introduction to the works of Charles Dickens. David Copperfield (Daniel Radcliffe) is born 6 months after his father’s death, to a very young and beautiful mother (Emilia Fox).

      The widow is left with enough income to live in her own house and employ

      a maid, the loyal Peggoty (Pauline Quirke). David’s early childhood is perfect bliss; he is happy with his loving mother and Peggoty.

      But that bliss is soon ended with the arrival of Mr. Murdstone (Trevor Eve), a stern and controlling man who marries David’s mother and has no use for the boy.

      David is sent away to a boarding school and later on, after his mother’s sudden death, to London, to work at a factory. He is only ten ...

      • years old when it happens.

        Thankfully, he meets one friendly soul - Mr. Micawber (Bob Hoskins), the always broke fellow with no clear occupation always expecting “something to turn up.

        David’s friendship with the Micawber family helps him to endure the hard London life; when the Micawbers are forced to leave he decides to run away and go seek his aunt, Betsy Trotwood (Maggie Smith) whom he has never seen. Aunt Betsy, known to dislike men and boys, nevertheless

        takes David in and eventually adopts him.

        The creators of this movie have done an excellent job in transporting the unforgettable characters of Charles Dickens to the screen. The eccentric Aunt Betsy Trotwood who runs off in anger on the day of David’s birth because it’s a boy and not a girl, like she wanted; the sneaky villain Uriah Heep with his creeping manner and wet hands; the childlike Dora, the beautiful Agnes.

        It is a great adaptation of a great classic.

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