Born to a weak but loving mother soon after his father dies,
David Copperfield is nine years old when his mother Clara
marries a man named Murdstone. A cruel man who believes in
extreme discipline, he has no hesitation in sending David
away to school. Shortly after he is sent away, David's mother
dies and Murdstone seizes the opportunity to send him away
for good, this time for menial labour at a London wine merchants...
2000, made for TV, version of David Copperfield is
extremely well produced. The acting is first rate and the
narrative flows a lot easier than the book does. This movie
will certainly appeal to all and is not simply for those who
love the book.
are plenty of familiar faces including Sally Field as Aunt
Betsey Trotwood; Judy Cornwell (Keeping up Appearances)
as Clara Peggotty Barkis; Dudley Sutton who was more recently
seen in Eastenders as con-man Wilfred Atkins; and Julie
Cox (Dune and Children of Dune) plays Dora Spenlow
of the most memorable performances include Frank MacCusker's
twisted and snivelly version of Uriah Heep - a man whose face
you instantly want to smash in, and Michael Richards as Mr.
Wilkins Micawber - providing much needed comic relief in a
pantomime village idiot sort of way.
fact, to be fair there is not one bad performance here at
all - unless you want to have a dig at Sally Field's accent.
This seems to switch between perfect
Victorian English, to an American attempting to pass as an
English woman, and finally as a Scottish woman. Obviously
different scenes were filmed at different times, and it is
obvious that her very early scenes were filmed when she had
mastered the accent - it's a shame she didn't get the opportunity
to dub her other scenes though.
are, sadly, no extras at all. But the biggest crime is that
for some reason the DVD producers have decided to change layers
in the middle of a scene, in the middle of a sentence, only
five minutes from the end of the first episode. What were
they thinking of?
than that moan, this is a first rate production which is extremely