The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Based on the classic Victorian novel 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens.

The Personal History of David Copperfield is a 2019 comdy/drama film starring Dev Patel as the title character where the life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth to his adulthood.

The open-hearted young hero Copperfield, who is brought up chiefly by his nursemaid Peggotty (Daisy May Cooper), who first fires in him a love of language. But when his delicate widowed mother (Morfydd Clark) gets married to the hateful and abusive Mr Murdstone (Darren Boyd), who installs his grisly sister Jane (Gwendoline Christie) as housekeeper, poor David is sent away to an episodic series of places, some less welcoming than others: a bottle factory (famously a primal scene of horror in Dickens’s own childhood), a school, a law chambers, and most famously to the rural home of his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood (Tilda Swinton). It is wealthy Betsey who sponsors David’s ascent to the status of a gentleman, and he will repay her handsomely by uncovering a plot to steal all her money. (

Length of film: 1hr 59mins
Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie
Year: 2019
Country: United Kingdom/United States

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