David Copperfield

Synopsis: When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to London to work for a living. When David escapes to his aunt Betsey his life starts to get better.
Director(s): George Cukor
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
130 min

A stranger or so makes an agreeable change.

No, no, it won't do.

No price would make it do, no way.

How can you be so aggravated,

you cruel thing?

Not such on as this,

Mr. Copperfield wouldn't have liked.

That I say and that I swear!

Good heavens, you'll drive me mad!

Was ever any poor girl so ill-used

by her servants as I am.

What have you got against Mr. Murdstone?

Is it to be hinted that

I'm lacking in affection

For my precious treasure?

The dearest little fellow that ever was.

Nobody never went and

hinted no such thing.

I'm a naughty mama to you, Davy.

I'm a nasty, cruel, selfish, bad mama.

I don't love you at all, do I?

Yes you do...

I never meant to hurt you ma'am.

I never meant to.

Master David?

Yes, Peggotty?

How would you like to spend a fortnight

with me at my brothers'

At Yarmouth?

It would just be a treat.

Is your brother an agreeable man,


Ah, what an agreeable man he is.

He's a fisherman.

Oh I say, Peggotty.

Oh, and there are the boats and the sea.

Oh oh, but Peggotty,

what will mama do while We're away?

She can't live in this big room

all by herself.

Oh bless you.

Don't you know?

Why, she's going to stay with friends.

Oh'hoho, she'll have plenty of company.

If that's it, I'm ready to go.

Splended, now off to bed.

Goodbye my love.

Goodbye, mother.

Take precious care of him, Peggotty.

What do you think?

Take care of yourself, ma'am.

Drive very safely,

won't you dear Mr. Barkis.

Bye, ma'am!

Goodbye mama!

Goodbye, ma'am!

Goodbye mama, goodbye!

Goodbye, darling!

Goodbye. Goodbye.

Goodbye, David!

Goodbye, mama, goodbye. Goodbye.

Goodbye, my love!


Oh, there's my Am!

Growed out of all knowledge!



Am! So good to see ya!

How are ya?

Who's that one?

That's Ham, her nephew.

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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. Cliffhanger endings in his serial publications kept readers in suspense. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features. His plots were carefully constructed, and he often wove elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha'pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell, G. K. Chesterton and Tom Wolfe —for his realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters. more…

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