The Personal History of David Copperfield



  • Starring: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse and Gwendoline Christie
  • Director: Armando Iannuccii
  • Writer: Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) 
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Certificate: PG - mild violence, threat, brief bloody images
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Country: UK


“Everything rattles and zings like a pinball machine, and it's a bracing, entertaining, richly satisfying experience.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Armando Iannucci's rollicking farce keeps the spirit of Dickens intact.”
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

“[Dev] Patel is superb.”
- Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard

“A fleet-footed and boisterously enjoyable Dickens adaptation that breathes new life into a well-worn story.”
- Matt Maytum, Total Film

“Iannucci has made his most human film, an attempt to find something helpful, funny and above all positive to help us to navigate the sorry state of Britain of today.”
- Damon Wise, The Times

"Iannucci deals deftly with the challenge."
- Brian VIner, Daily Mail

"A breezy, brilliant treat. Iannucci may have softened the bite of his comedy but replaces it with something remarkably optimistic and buoyant, telling a story as joyously relevant as it was a century-and-a-half ago."
- John Nugent, Empire Magazine

An avid Dickens fan, Armando Iannucci (the award-winning writer/director of The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep and The Death of Stalin) adapts here, alongside frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterizations to bring to life one of Dickens’ most cherished characters in THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD. From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. The film stars Dev Patel in the title role alongside a wealth of British talent including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Paul Whitehouse.

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