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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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] 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.


Man: Your mama is ill.
David Copperfield: How ill is she?
Tungay: Very ill.
Man: 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!


[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; to David, as they 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.


[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.


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