Starring: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, Benedict Wong, Aneurin Barnard, Daisy May Cooper, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, Rosalind Eleazar
Comedy drama directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci. The story follows David (Dev Patel), a burgeoning young writer, from orphaned infancy to adulthood as he befriends a collection of eccentric characters on a journey of love, acceptance, and self-discovery in Victorian England.
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We’ll add the best quotes once we’ve had a chance to watch the movie, but for now here’s a small selection.
David Copperfield: Whether I turn out to be the hero of my own story, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these moments must show.
David Copperfield: [voice over] This narrative is far more than mere fiction. It is the true story of the life I was about to lead.
David Copperfield: [voice over] But this narrative is far more than mere fiction. It is in fact, written memory.
David Copperfield: [voice over] My boyhood days seem now like a scarcely believable fiction.
David Copperfield: [voice over] I can easily recall people of strong character and weave their memory into my life’s journey.
Mr. Micawber: Are you David Copperfield?
Young David Copperfield: I am indeed.
Mr. Micawber: [to young David] London is full of wonders and wickedness. And it’s ours, David to go wherever we choose.
[young David starts walking ahead]
Mr. Micawber: Oh, no, not down there. Creditors make that road impassible. Two tailors, and a most unreasonable muffin man.
Creakle: Your mama is ill.
David Copperfield: How ill is she?
Creakle: Very ill.
Tungay: Very ill.
David Copperfield: Very ill?
Tungay: Very ill.
Creakle: Dangerously ill.
Tungay: She’s dead.
Edward Murdstone: We’re very sorry.
Mr. Wickfield: Is it too early for sherry?
Betsey Trotwood, Agnes: A little early.
Mr. Wickfield: This calls for a celebration.
Betsey Trotwood: Hooray!
Mr. Dick: [to David] This is a remarkable day!
David Copperfield: [to Betsey] I’m David Copperfield. I’m your nephew! You’re the only family I have.
[referring to David]
Betsey Trotwood: What do we do with him?
Mr. Dick: If I were you, I’d wash him.
[as Betsey tries to make David conscious]
David Copperfield: What are you doing?
[referring to the bottle in her hand]
Betsey Trotwood: Medicine. Reviving you.
David Copperfield: It’s a salad dressing.
Betsey Trotwood: Is it?
[seeing a donkey in her garden]
Betsey Trotwood: Oh, donkey!
[to the woman on the donkey in her garden]
Betsey Trotwood: This is a donkey free zone!
[she shoves the woman off the donkey; as David and Dick watch from the house]
Mr. Dick: Remarkable woman. Very kind.
Betsey Trotwood: We’re ruined.
Mr. Dick: Like a castle.
David Copperfield: How can we be ruined?
Mr. Dick: Like a big castle.
Peggotty: [to David] You had nothing. Then you had something. And now you got nothing again. So it stands to right you’ll have something again.
Dora Spenlow: You were staring. Is there something wrong with me?
David Copperfield: No. I apologize for my rudeness.
[holds up her dog and makes out her dog is replying]
Dora Spenlow: Think nothing of it, sir.
David Copperfield: Speaks very well.
Dora Spenlow: It was actually me.
[referring to David; to his mother]
Uriah Heep: We could keep him as a little pet.
[Mrs. Heep laughs]
Uriah Heep: It was a joke. I’m sorry. I’ve been attempting to learn gentleman’s humor from a book.
Uriah Heep: [to David] Did you hear that?
David Copperfield: I’m a huge maniac!
Mr. Dick: What an adventure we have had.
Betsey Trotwood: You know what I want?!
Uriah Heep: A straightjacket?! A husband?!
[Betsey punches him, Uriah punches her, Betsey punches back, as Uriah goes to punch her, David punches him]
Mr. Wickfield: Feels like a party.
David Copperfield: And you have quite a ride on the way.
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