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David (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  25 October 1988 (USA)
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The true story of David Rothenberg whose disturbed father set him on fire.

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A retelling of the biblical story of David versus Goliath.

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Marie Rothenberg
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Charles Rothenberg
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Dr. Achauer
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Judge
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David Rothenberg
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Dee Fraser
Alexandra Borrie ...
Geri Chambers
Frederick Combs ...
Ken Curtis
Jack Rader ...
Dick Hafdahl
Lisa Blake Richards ...
Judy Curtis
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Sue Martinez
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Jennifer
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David is a six-year-old boy who is caught in the middle of his two feuding (& divorced) parents. His father, Charles, kidnaps him to California, where he eventually sets him on fire as a means of revenge against Marie, David's mother (Young David receives third-degree burns over 90% of his body). This movie chronicles David's struggle to recover and the obstacles he faces along the way. Written by Anonymous

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a real life horror story
21 December 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I think the character that plays the judge in this film says it best, I have never seen such a hideous crime or so innocent a victim. Bernadette Peters is basically known as a singer, but she does an awesome acting job in this real life horror story. What kind of an animal would pour gasoline over his six year old child and burn him over 90% of his body. John Glover said that this was the only time in his career that he was really traumatized playing a character. This movie doesn't really show why Rothenberg was so evil, but it does an excellent job of showing the horrible suffering he caused this child. Be warned, this movie is so grim that at time its almost unwatchable. An infuriating footnote, Rothenberg sentenced his son to a lifetime of disfigurement and pain, but he was released from jail after serving only six years. They have since changed the laws he was sentenced under, today he would have gotten life without parole.


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