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

"Like many fine parents,

I have in my heart of hearts,

A favorite child,

And his name is David Copperfield."

David Copperfield The Younger

Chapter 1:
I am born.

Mrs. David Copperfield, I think.


Miss Trotwood.

You've heard of her, I dare say?

I... I've had that pleasure.

Now you see her.

Eh, come in.

Don't do that!

Come, come!

Why, bless my soul, you're a very baby.

I'm old enough to be a widow.

And a mother, if I live.

I'm all a tremble,

I shall die, I'm sure.

Nonsense, have some tea.

Oh, dear me.

David Copperfield was

my favorite nephew.

I'm afraid to admit that

I was mortally offended

When he married without consent of me

to a wet dull, like her.

Of course, I'd never seen you.

Now that there's a child coming,

what will you call your gal?

Perhaps it will be a boy.

Don't contradict.

I have a presentiment it'll be a girl.

And I shall be her godmother.

She shall be christened Betsey Trotwood


She must be well brought up.

I shall see to that.

Far better than my impractical Nephew

would have done.

Mr. Copperfield has been dead

only six months.

It is cruel of you to speak

unkindly of him to me.

Peggotty... Peg...

My lamb, my lamb, my precious.

I'll fetch the doctor.

Come come come, don't dodder.

Fetch the doctor.

My lamb, my baby,

Peggotty is here, my sweet.

I beg your pardon, ma'am.

I say, I beg your pardon...

I beg your pardon, ma'am.

This is Dr. Chillip.

Dr. Chillip.

I am happy to congratulate you.

All is well over, and well over.

Mercy on the man, what's he doing.

Can't he speak?

Some local irritation, ma'am.

Fiddlesticks! How is she?

Well, as comfortable as one can

expect a young mother to be.

The baby, how is she?


I apprehended you had known.

It's a boy.

A boy!



Poor father.

How Ionely and dark it must be

for him at night,

While we're at home by the fire.


I would have you, if you will,

assume with me into to

The greatest eternally lovely qualities

of charity.

I hope, and indeed I know,

having lived among you all

For so many years.

But it is not an unknown thing,

a quality foreign to many of you.

And yet, how well also I know,

that you may,

In the difficulties of your daily life,

Find that the qualities of charity

Aren't always so easy,

so ready to observe.

As one may suggest today...

That man, he looks like

the black panther in my animal book,


Hush dear.

You'll frighten mothers.

"In the early summer months,

the streams run dry.

The crocodile, hmmm...

Sets out for new waters foreign to men.

But if the stream merely becomes lower,

It buries itself in the mud

and waits for rain."

Bed, Master David?

Mommy promised me I had to wait up.

I'm not sleepy.

Were you ever married, Peggotty?

Heck, no.

You are a very handsome woman,

aren't you?

Ha, me handsome Davy?

Ha, no...

Oh, drat them buttons.

Now, read me more

about them crocindills.

Some sort of a vegetable, isn't it?


Mama, I waited up.

I knew you would, my darling.

This little fellow is highly privileged.

Why, dear!

Dear little boy,

I cannot wonder at his devotion.

David, you shouldn't be rude.

Mr. Murdstone went through

so much trouble to bring me home.

Let us say goodnight, my fine boy.


Hahahaha, come come.

Let us be the best of friends.

Why David, that's the wrong hand.

No no no no, a brave little fellow.



Oh Mother, you do look pretty tonight.

Do I darling?

Hope you had a pleasant evening, ma'am.

Much obliged to you, Peggotty,

I had a very pleasant evening.

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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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