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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:
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David
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Johannes
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Sophie
Hristo Shopov ...
The Man
Silvia De Santis ...
Elsa
Paco Reconti ...
Giovanni
Roberto Attias ...
Baker
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Roberto
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American Man
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American Woman
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David's Mother
Viola Carinci ...
Maria
Marin Jivkov ...
Cecha
Robert Syulev ...
Angelo
Alessandro Sperduti ...
Carlo
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Storyline

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

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

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3 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Dávid vagyok  »

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

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

Although Hristo Shopov is fluent in English, most of his dialogue was dubbed by another actor (against the wishes of the director) due to the studio's concern about his accent. See more »

Goofs

In the window of the Italian bookstore, the book on display next to the book the protagonist is looking at, is clearly, "Cieli e mari: le grandi crociere degli idrovolanti italiani (1925-1933) / Ranieri Cupini". The first edition by Mursia was in 1973, long after the events in the movie. See more »

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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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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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Excellent film
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a day when few films are wholesome or uplifting, this film was a breath of fresh air. All those who have made negative remarks about Ben Tibber's performance - it is clear you have never met anyone from Bulgaria. His stoic and serious role was accurate and well done.

As I did not know anything about this movie when I watched it, it seemed slow and at times frustrating. However, I am extremely glad I watched the entire film, as the message of this film is outstanding.

It is unfortunate that many have forgotten that films can be educational as well as entertaining, and uplifting as well as meaningful. Children and adults alike can learn history through films such as I Am David, as they experience stories they may have forever been ignorant of if not for the makers of this film.


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