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David Copperfield (1970)

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writer:

Jack Pulman (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Mr. Tungay
Cyril Cusack ... Barkis
Edith Evans ... Aunt Betsey
Pamela Franklin ... Dora Spenlow
Susan Hampshire ... Agnes Wickfield
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Micawber
Ron Moody ... Uriah Heep
Laurence Olivier ... Mr. Creakle
Robin Phillips ... David Copperfield
Michael Redgrave ... Mr. Peggotty
Ralph Richardson ... Mr. Micawber
Emlyn Williams ... Mr. Dick
Sinéad Cusack ... Emily
James Donald ... Mr. Murdstone
James Hayter ... Porter
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The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

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Charles Dickens' Immortal Story of a Young Man's Journey to Maturity

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' David Copperfield See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released as a theatrical movie in Europe, this premiered as an NBC television special in the U.S. See more »

Crazy Credits

Credits look like the original illustrations by Phiz, but are in fact pastiches by Mel Isaacson using the faces of the actors in their roles. See more »

Connections

Version of David Copperfield (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

On Wings of Song
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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A boy with bite
27 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Delbert Mann's version of David Copperfield is one of these lavish all star adaptations made for the network American television market. Laurence Olivier and Richard Attenborough just turn up for a few scenes.

Mann should be applauded for attempting to try a different approach to this often adapted story. It is told in flashback by an adult Copperfield who reflects in his life and relationships. It also shies away from the traumatic abuse David suffers from the Murdstones and the boarding school he attends. So credit should be given for avoiding the poverty porn which some directors would had gone full board on, although this may be part of the censorship that existed at the time in US network television.

However it is too truncated leaving me dissatisfied to a story that has been shredded. Some actors look too old for the parts they are playing such as Ron Moody as Uriah Heep and Ralph Richardson as Mr Micawber. It does not help that Robin Phillips is bit bland as the lead and comes across as a bit of a wet fish.

The version of the film I saw was of poor quality, it was in desperate need of restoration. A shame given that the film has theatrical knights/dames such as Olivier, Redgrave, Richardson, Attenborough, Hillier, Evans.


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