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I Am David (2003)

PG | | Drama | 3 December 2004 (USA)
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
Hristo Shopov ...
The Man
Roberto Attias ...
Baker
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David's Mother
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Roberto
Marin Jivkov ...
Cecha
Robert Syulev ...
Angelo
Elisabetta Bartolomei ...
Woman at Party
Krasimir Kutzoparov ...
Camp Officer (as Krassimir Kutzuparov)
Krassimir Radkov ...
Party Guest
Diyan Machev ...
Party Guest (as Deyan Machev)
Clem Tibber ...
Young David
Adrian McCourt ...
David's Father
Nikola Rudarov ...
Store Owner
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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)  »

Also Known As:

O Sonho da Liberdade  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

In the window of the Italian bookstore, there is a book on display "L'uomo che guarda" of the Italian writer Alberto Moravia. This book was written in 1985, long after the events in the movie. See more »

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[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 The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Dimitar is Driving a Vessel
Written by Christo Todorov
Performed by Valkana Stoyanova
Courtesy of Bulgarian National Radio
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A young boy escapes from a concentration camp and goes on a journey.
24 April 2005 | by (Evergreen, Co) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. The soundtrack was awesome, and the boy who played David is a very engaging actor. He is so convincing as a child who has never known anything but brutality, suddenly finding himself in the free world, and learning to relate to people who are normal.

Joan Plowright is one of my favorite actresses, and as always, she was a joy to watch in this story.

It really is too bad that more movies of this caliber are not made more often. I am not really a person who can sit still for most movies. It took my daughter five days to rope me into watching this one, but in the end, I was really glad she did. Since we were watching the DVD, we were able to see the deleted scenes - they were as good as the movie itself and I couldn't understand why they were taken out. I wouldn't mind owning it this flick.

I also would love to own the soundtrack.


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