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Actors: Laurence Olivier, Richard Attenborough, Edith Evans, Cyril Cusack, Robin Phillips
Director: Delbert Mann
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Samuel C. from GASTONIA, NC
Reviewed on 11/9/2011...
The Charles Dickens classic brought to the screen - sounds like an add for the DVD.
Well, I really enjoyed this 1935 adaptation of the mid-19th Century book which describes the drudgery of life and infantile customs used during this time in English society.
Use it in schools; use it on your own kids!
Reminiscenses of David Copperfield - a moving reflection of
Timothy B. Holt | Santa Cruz and World Surfing Capital | 03/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think this works for me because I have read David Copperfield several times and have seen several screen versions. True, because it is not a mini-series and is setup as reflections on the past from a present author confronted by his old friend on a visit by the seaside of Yarmouth and scene of much sadness and regret as well as joy, the story is broken, and the great stars of English cinema have only limited time to shine. But, the style and the acting and the filming locations and even the rather old fashioned music drew me into a well remembered world and reminded me that chosing life in the here and now and taking the good from the past and going on is always an option. This needs a restoration badly (the print has much "snow" specs) but somehow, I do not mind too much. The chosen scenes from the Novel and the speeches are amoung the best. So, if you already know the book well, this little series of scenes from it with great actors from the past is rather moving (just be ready to ignore the poor transfer)."
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 09/27/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This INEXPENSIVE DVD seemed a bargain, as it was a period piece with a most illustrious cast. Being a lover of period pieces and a fan of Charles Dickens, I immediately snapped it up. Well, you get what you pay for. Despite the illustrious cast, this body of work is dead on arrival.
Robin Phillips gamely plays the part of David Copperfield. He is, however, a rather colorless chap and is not strong enough to hold this film together, which is unfortunate, as he is the linchpin around which this drama revolves. Told in a series of flashbacks, this contrivance is one of the weaknesses in the film, as it tends to be confusing and adds nothing to the film, but rather, detracts a great deal. This retropsective of David Copperfield's life shows him losing his mother at an early age and being left in the hands of an unloving stepfather. Pulled out of school to toil in a factory as a young child, he runs away and makes it to the home of his loving aunt who raises him. The viewer watches him grow up in Victorian England and sees how he fairs against the vicissitudes of life. The cast of characters with whom he interacts is vibrant, and it is they who manage to keep this two hour film somewhat afloat. Ultimately, however, it tanks.
The all star ensemble is a plethora of riches, with screen greats Richard Attenborough, Ron Moody, Lawrence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, Dame Edith Evans, Wendy Hiller, Susan Hampshire, and Pamela Franklin lighting up the screen at different moments. Even their individual, luminous performances, however, are not enough to make this turkey work, so poorly put together and choppy is the film.
The DVD is offers some special features, such as a classic cartoon, a movie trivia game, and a DVD dictionary. The picture quality is only fair, as the picure is somewhat grainy and washed out looking, though the sound quality is good."
Greatest Version Ever Made
Donald J. Keck | Powder Springs, Georgia USA | 01/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Disregard the previous review. This is the best version of David Copperfield ever filmed. Later versions are longer, more lavish, with better DVD transfers; but none has ever surpassed this gem of a movie. Director Delbert Mann captures the spirit of Dickens' classic novel better than any other version ever produced. Its all here: the sheer evil of the Murdstones, Mr. Creakle, Steerforth & Uriah Heep, the mad humour of Micawber, Barkis & Mr. Dick, the generosity, kindness and loyalty of Aunt Betsy, Peggotty, the Micawbers & Mr. Wickfield, the foolish innocence of Little Emily & Dora, the self sacrificing love of Dan Peggotty, Ham & Agnes.
And the cast is magnificent (including Robin Phillips as David Copperfield). How can you beat a cast that includes Edith Evans, Ralph Richardson, Lawrence Olivier, Anna Massey, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Cyril Cusack, Sinead Cusack, Michael Redgrave, Susan Hampshire, Emlyn Williams, Wendy Hiller, Pamela Franklin & Ron Moody (who is superlative as Uriah Heep)? You can't! And it has never been done. This is simply the greatest film version of David Copperfield ever made.