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I Am David (2003)

 -  Drama  -  5 November 2004 (UK)
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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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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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5 November 2004 (UK)  »

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

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$284,002 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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Writer/Director Paul Feig chose to give the character David the gift of quickly assimilating and communicating in new languages in order to avoid subtitling. He believed subtitling the many languages in the film would have distanced the viewers from the story. See more »

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When Maria shows David a globe, David asks her to show him Denmark. The camera focuses on Denmark, then traces down the globe to Italy. Though antique in appearance, modern country names on the globe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia) shows it dates at least from 1993. 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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David's Story.... A Warm Touch Like Few Others
18 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie speaks to the purest parts of the soul, beckoning the viewer to take not just a journey with David, but to the innermost parts of themselves.

If you know someone who is crying out to be heard and understood, someone desperately seeking a safe person to reach out to but doesn't know how to take that first step.....encourage them to go on a journey with this young boy through a harrowing physical and emotional journey of his life.

This movie touched me in a way that very few have. In fact, it moved me so much I had to tell many friends and family members and they too agreed...it is a beautiful story to watch and celebrate. Some have emailed me the day after and said...."We were up late at night with our son...clapping and crying during the final scenes." To the cast and crew of this film....thanks for using your talents to warm our hearts and help us believe again in the good hearts of those around us.


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