David Copperfield


1h 30m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Movie based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "David Copperfield." Traces David Copperfield's life from his unhappy boyhood in the Salem House Academy to his triumph in life and love. David Copperfield is born shortly after the death of his father. Young David has a happy childhood, with a memorab

Film Details

Also Known As
ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre (04/16/00)
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Movie based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "David Copperfield." Traces David Copperfield's life from his unhappy boyhood in the Salem House Academy to his triumph in life and love. David Copperfield is born shortly after the death of his father. Young David has a happy childhood, with a memorable visit to his nanny Peggotty's relatives, who live in a ship house on the coast. On his return, he finds his mother has married Mr. Murdstone, a paranoid disciplinarian. When David bites Murdstone during a beating, the boy is sent to a boarding school run by the severe Mr. Creakle. There, he falls under the protection of Steerforth, an older student. When David's mother dies, his stepfather sends him to work at a sweatshop in London. Again, David finds a patron -- this time Mr. Micawber, a profligate family man with whom he lodges. But Micawber is soon sent to debtor's prison, and David is homeless. Destitute, David walks to Dover where he has heard his Aunt Betsey lives. She offers him a nurturing home, shared with her lunatic lodger, Mr. Dick. David matures into a young man, with bright prospects before him. David resides with Aunt Betsey's lawyer, Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. Wickfield's obsequious clerk, Uriah Heep, lurks malevolently on the margins. Meanwhile, David is apprenticed to another laywer, Mr. Spenlow, who has a charming if flighty daughter, Dora. Oblivious to the charms of Agnes, whom he treats as a sister, David falls in love with Dora and begins courting her, although her father disapproves. Unbeknownst to all, Heep has his eye on Agnes and on Wickfield's business. By chance, David encounters his old schoolboy hero, Steerforth. Together, they set forth to visit the ship house, where reside: David's old nanny, Peggotty; her taciturn husband, Barkis; Peggotty's fisherman brother, Daniel; his nephew, Ham; and Ham's cousin and fiancee, Little Em'ly. Secretly enamored with Em'ly, the unscrupulous Steerforth convinces her to run away with him. Daniel sets out in hot pursuit, following them through many countries. More villainy unfolds as Heep ruins not only Wickfield but Aunt Betsey, who with Mr. Dick comes to live with David. Meanwhile, Micawber has reentered the picture as Heep's reluctant clerk. Wickfield expires, leaving Dora penniless and hence a fitting match for the equally destitute David. They marry and David pursues his new career as an author, but Dora, too, soon dies. Micawber exposes Heep's financial fraud, restoring Aunt Betsey's wealth. Daniel finally tracks down Em'ly, who has been abandoned to an appalling life by Steerforth. Just as David arrives at the ship house with news of Em'ly's rescue, Ham dies in a storm while trying to rescue a drowning man, who turns out to be Steerforth. David and Agnes are married; and the Micawbers, Daniel and Emily start a new life in Australia.

Crew

Steven Ashley

Producer

Nick Beeks-sanders

Camera Operator

Peter Burden

Props

Christine Buttner

Graphics

Kathleen Cahill

Editor

Catharine Calder

Assistant Director

Roger Cann

Production Designer

Paul Carney

Production Manager

Frank Carr

Production

Ruth Christie

Script Supervisor

Andy Collins

Director Of Photography

Mark Collison

Construction Manager

Michael Corden

Editor

Sara-jane Cornish

Art Director

Perry Cullen

Electrician

Chris Cutler

Props

Simon Dart

Boom Operator

Anna Deamer

Art Director

Steve Deane

Other

Erin Delaney

Post-Production

Charles Dickens

Source Material (From Novel)

Janita Doyle

Makeup

Katrine Dudley

Associate Producer

Rebecca Eaton

Executive Producer

Toby Eedy

Other

Meghan Fallon

Production Assistant

Chuck Finch

Lighting

Wick Finch

Best Boy

Duncan Flower

Unit Manager

Alex Fordham

Wardrobe Assistant

Janey Fothergill

Casting Director

Martin Geeson

Special Effects

Paul Gooch

Makeup

Colin Gorry

Special Effects Supervisor

Cherry Gould

Assistant Director

Phil Green

Electrician

Kate Harwood

Producer

Tony Henshaw

Props

Carrie Hilton

Casting Director

Adrian Hodges

Writer

Samantha Horn

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ann Houlihan

Assistant Director

Andy Jackson

Location Manager

K Paul Jackson

Segment Producer

Philip Kloss

Editor

Rob Lane

Music

Kirsten Marshall

Wardrobe Assistant

Liza Marshall

Editor

Tom Maslen

Grip

Rob Mcarthur

Props

Michael J Mchugh

Electrician

Chris Meadows

Camera Assistant

Billy Merrill

Electrician

Mirjam Muschel

Wardrobe Assistant

Jeanette Nelson

Dialect Coach

Caroline Noble

Makeup

Ben Norrington

Editor

Mike O'neill

Costume Designer

Alexander Oakley

Assistant Director

Nick Packer

Assistant Editor

Chris Packman

Color

Ken Payne

Assistant Production Accountant

Andreas Petrides

Stunt Coordinator

Tom Pleydell-pearce

Property Master

Nick Powell

Stunt Coordinator

Mike Power

Props

Nikki Robinson

Location Manager

Jami Rogers

Production

Donald Russell

Other

Peter Rutherford

Production

Lee Sandales

Assistant Art Director

Ian Simpson

Visual Effects

Dean Sipling

Production Accountant

Lesley Smith

Makeup

Toni Staples

Assistant Director

John C. Taylor

Sound Recordist

Lee Taylor

Dubbing Mixer

Faith Thomas

Wardrobe Assistant

Roger Tooley

Steadicam Operator

Alf Tramontin

Steadicam Operator

Jane Tranter

Executive Producer

Caroline Watkin

Production Coordinator

Kirsten Wing

Production Coordinator

Film Details

Also Known As
ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre (04/16/00)
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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