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Lukas Haas portays David, a withdrawn but apparent near genius, who fears being touched. Brittney Murphy plays Lisa, a young woman seemingly suffering from split personalities who speaks only in rhymes and withdraws from anyone who doesn't speak to her likewise. Meeting in the psychiatric ward, the two's eyes lock and an obvious attraction is indicated. First each must learn to approach each other in their own sphere. Enter Sidney Poitier as a caring psychologist who helps David to come to terms with his emotional failure to deal with his father's death at an early age. Debi Mazar also appears as Lisa's case worker. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He feared touch . . . she feared speech . . . the only thing they didn't fear was each other.

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Lisa: David... David look at me. Who do you see?
David: I see a girl, who looks like a pearl. I see a girl, a girl of a pearl.
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Remake of David and Lisa (1962) See more »

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A Star is Born
1 November 1998 | by (Door County, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

"David and Lisa," is one of those rare productions that remind us how good television can be. Portrayals of people with mental illnesses are always difficult. That there was room for reality and subtlety is a tribute to the creators and performers. Brittany Murphy's performance as Lisa will be on my mind for a long time. I can only hope that it will bring her more and more important roles, along with her first Emmy nomination. Thanks to Oprah for bringing this wonderful story to a new generation.


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