The Personal History of David Copperfield

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The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.

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The life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth into adulthood.

Cast & Crew

Dev Patel
David Copperfield
Tilda Swinton
Betsey Trotwood
Peter Capaldi
Mr. Micawber
Ben Whishaw
Uriah Heep
Benedict Wong
Mr. Wickfield
Simon Blackwell
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Ben Browning
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Glen Basner
Executive Producer
Zac Nicholson
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Mick Audsley
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Peter Lambert
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Christopher Willis
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  • An exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The new film adaptation, co-written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, takes that human energy as its lifting-off point, and is simply too faithful, rich, and bright to be dimmed by the circumstances of its release.

    September 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As for Patel, he makes a wonderful Copperfield -- sturdy, kind, charismatic, and filled with a childlike curiosity and wonder even into adulthood (and, of course, great hair).

    September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.

    August 29, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • ...filled with clever if obvious commentary on institutionalized class snobbery.

    August 29, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Crafting a don't-miss movie out of Charles Dickens' 1850 doorstop of a novel, Amando Inannicci and a sublime cast, led by a never-better Dev Patel, add a blast of mad, modern irreverence that is totally irresistible.

    August 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 03, 2020
    Armando follows 'The Death of Stalin' with a brisk, bright fantasia on Charlie's most likeable fellow. The story is compressed and spun until it flickers like a zoetrope, but the standout characters pop, and there are some beautiful transitions. The only thing I couldn't forgive was bringing in Dev Patel (rather than his childhood counterpart) before David escapes to Dover, denying us Tiilda Swinton chasing the Murdstones off her lawn. Otherwise delightful. The scenes of David's 'therapy' sessions with Mr Dick are particularly novel and moving.
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