The true story of David Rothenberg whose disturbed father set him on fire.

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Marie Rothenberg
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Charles Rothenberg
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John
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Dr. Achauer
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Terry
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Loraine
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Judge
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David Rothenberg
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Dee Fraser
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Dick Hafdahl
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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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Heartbreaking and unforgettable
15 July 2006 | by (Ontario,Canada) – See all my reviews

the movie first aired on TV when I was 14 and I wanted to see it. But my parents told me that it was very upsetting and sad and so did friends. But I still wanted to see it.

And In 1991 I finally saw the movie. I was both horrified and heartbroken about what I was watching and all I could do was cry. How can anyone ever hurt a little child like that. It's heart breaking to know that a parent could ever hurt an innocent little child in that way(or anyway.).

What broke my heart the most was the part where the doctor showed him his reflection in the mirror. And he though that he looked like a monster. That just broke my heart all together. My older sister and I couldn't stop crying.


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