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I Am David (2003)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  3 December 2004 (USA)
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A 12-year-old boy escapes from a Bulgarian Communist concentration camp and sets out on a journey to reach Denmark.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hristo Shopov ...
The Man
Silvia De Santis ...
Paco Reconti ...
Roberto Attias ...
American Man
American Woman
David's Mother
Viola Carinci ...
Marin Jivkov ...
Robert Syulev ...
Alessandro Sperduti ...


Twelve-year-old David escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the unbreakable spirit of a child. Written by Anonymous

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Believe in the power to change your destiny



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dávid vagyok  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$160,346 (USA) (3 December 2004)


$284,002 (USA) (17 December 2004)

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Stewart Copeland, drummer for rock band "The Police", composed the original soundtrack for the film. For inspiration, Copeland immersed himself in Eastern European Gypsy and folk music. See more »


In the belly of the ship, David lights a match. In one shot, the match is burnt almost in half. In the next shot, it is a newly-lit match. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: In the years after World War II, many people in Eastern Europe were sent to forced labor camps for disagreeing with their new governments. Because of this, families were torn apart. Life in these camps was very harsh, and escape was not an option. And yet, for one boy named David, it was his only hope...
The Man: Are you listening to me? You must escape from here tonight. It's your only chance to stay alive. If you follow my instructions and make it out of the camp. Travel when it's dark to...
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Ritmo Senti Che Ritmo
Written by Ottavio De Santis and Natale Codognotto
Performed by Nadalino Otto
Courtesy of Butterfly Music srl - Italy
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Let me dry my eyes I love this movie
15 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is sad to see sorrow in the eyes of children. This is a story for any age group, the innocence of a child, the love of an older woman and the kindness of strangers. This movie moved me and made a broader statement about us as humans. I would encourage everyone to watch it. It is a story of strength and struggle and the kindness of strangers. It is about finding refuge in the darkest of places. I was so moved and cried but this is not a tear fest it is a story of hope and the colors and imagery are beautiful. The words are poignant and the sentiments are heart reaching I cannot put it into words you must see this film. The music the lines all are crafted to leave you feeling resolved at the end of the movie you are not at all left hanging. The movie appeals to any persons humanitarian side. Is there a soundtrack? I really loved the music Rice's song is captivating and appropraite for the ending.

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