Country: Ireland, 180 minutes
Spoken Languages: English
Director(s): Peter Medak
Cast: Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews, Frank McCusker, Hugh Dancy, Max Dolbey, Sally Field, Edward Hardwicke, Freddie Jones, Nigel Davenport
Medium: Original DVD,
Storyline: This adaptation of "David Copperfield" did have some strengths, but for themost part was disappointing. Some scenes were good, such as the savagebeating Mr. Murdstone gives to young David, cut with scenes of the matureDavid flinching as he remembers the blows. Uriah Heep was a trulyDickensian villain, slithering and oiling his way into a position of power.But Mr. Micawber was spoiled by the extremely eccentric accent of MichaelRichards, and Sally Field was just not English enough for Betsy Trotwood. Her shouts of "DonkEEEES!" sounded like Minny Pearl. A story like this mustnaturally be abridged for the screen, but that's no excuse for omittingimportant storylines like the Steerforth/Little Em'ly/Rosa Dartle situationand instead inventing a new one, like Mr. Murdstone as a sort of maritalvampire whose destruction is the turning point of David's life. Despite somegood performances and scenes, this is not a memorable "David Copperfield".
Comments: Daily Mirror Freebie
Aspect ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen