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I Am David -- I AM DAVID chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.
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Writers (WGA):
Anne Holm (novel)
Paul Feig (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 November 2004 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ben Tibber ... David

Jim Caviezel ... Johannes

Joan Plowright ... Sophie
Hristo Shopov ... The Man
Silvia De Santis ... Elsa
Paco Reconti ... Giovanni
Roberto Attias ... Baker

Francesco De Vito ... Roberto

Paul Feig ... American Man

Lucy Russell ... American Woman

Maria Bonnevie ... David's Mother
Viola Carinci ... Maria
Marin Jivkov ... Cecha
Robert Syulev ... Angelo
Alessandro Sperduti ... Carlo
Shaila Rubin ... Vineyard Owner
Krasimir Kutzoparov ... Camp Officer (as Krassimir Kutzuparov)
Elisabetta Bartolomei ... Woman at Party
Krassimir Radkov ... Party Guest
Diyan Machev ... Party Guest (as Deyan Machev)
Nikola Rudarov ... Store Owner
Enrico Vecchi ... Grocer
Dobrin Dosev ... Border Guard (as Dobrin Dossev)
Malin Krastev ... Policeman

Matt Patresi ... Swiss Border Guard
Maxim Gentchev ... Policeman (as Maxim Genchev)
Ivan Nestorov ... Swiss Policeman
Stefan Shterev ... Bulgarian Officer (as Stefan Shteref)
Valeri Yordanov ... Bulgarian Soldier (as Valery Yordanov)

Clem Tibber ... Young David

Adrian McCourt ... David's Father
Panayot Tzanev ... Quarry Guar
Nikolay Kipchev ... Truck Driver (as Nikolai Kipchev)
Stephen Antonie Shteref ... Communist Protestor
Paraskeva Djukelova ... Young Mother

Directed by
Paul Feig 
Writing credits
Anne Holm (novel "I Am David")

Paul Feig (screenplay)

Produced by
Davina Belling .... producer
Andrea Borella .... line producer
Lauren Levine .... producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Plamen Voynovsky .... co-producer
Vladimir Voynovsky .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
Roman Osin 
Film Editing by
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Pippa Hall 
Production Design by
Giovanni Natalucci 
Art Direction by
Nasko Ianakiev 
Set Decoration by
Antonello Rubino 
Costume Design by
Uliva Pizzetti 
Makeup Department
Laura Borselli .... key makeup artist
Stefan Izvorov .... assistant makeup artist
Rasko Russev .... hair stylist
Gergana Stanoeva .... assistant hair stylist
Mauro Tamagnini .... key hair stylist
Valentin Valov .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franco Coduti .... production manager
Valentin Dimitrov .... assistant unit manager
Perry Moore .... executive in charge of production
Susan E. Novick .... post-production supervisor: USA
Michael Sammaciccia .... executive in charge of production
Marco Zanon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Bojinov .... second assistant director
Giles Butler .... second assistant director
Hristo Dimitrov .... third assistant director
Orlin Grozdanov .... second second assistant director
Alexander Kossev .... second second assistant director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Bacciu .... property master
Bogdan Bogdanov .... carpenter
Asen Bozilov .... painter
Dimo Kostadinov .... scenographer
Peter Krumov .... set dresser
Yossif Mladenov .... set designer
Iren Muratova .... set decorator
Vladimir Petkov .... set dresser
Nikolay Popov .... stand-by props (as Nikolai Popov)
Ivan Ranghelov .... assistant art director
Todor Tunov .... set dresser
Sound Department
Mark Binder .... supervising sound editor
Simon Brown .... boom operator
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Green .... adr recordist
Mark Lanza .... sound conforming editor
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor
Michele Woods .... adr recordist
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim Baxter .... film recording
Vasko Dikov .... special effects coordinator
Mark Holt .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mitch Paulson .... digital preview colorist
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... stunt driver
Yordan Zahariev .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Atanassov .... camera assistant
Roberto De Nigris .... camera operator
Klaus Harnisch .... gaffer
Hristo Idakiev .... electrician
Doug Lavender .... assistant camera
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... key grip
Casting Department
Victor Bojinov .... casting: Bulgaria
Krassimir Ivanov .... casting assistant: Italy
Alexander Kossev .... casting: Bulgaria
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Viti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
JC Bond .... first assistant editor: USA (as Joseph C. Bond IV)
W. Layne Mcdonald .... post-production assistant (video segments)
Lissette Roldan .... post-production intern: USA
Eduardo Sotelo .... post-production intern: USA
Mark Dashnaw .... first assistant editor: USA (uncredited)
Music Department
Mauricio J. Balvanera .... assistant music editor
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (as Sharyn M. Tylk)
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Mark Ryan .... music editor
Jeff Seitz .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Elisabetta Bartolomei .... production coordinator
Bob Beltz .... special advisor
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach: Mr. Caviezel
Irina Cherkelova .... production coordinator
Holly Amber Church .... assistant: Mr. Copeland
Denitza Daverova .... production assistant
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... supervising production accountant
Enzo Juvalé .... production assistant
John Kirby .... acting coach: Mr. Caviezel
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor
Peter Nikolov .... armorer
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist
Mike Phillips .... vice president: physical production/production finance
Nicola Rosada .... location manager
Gianluca Venturi .... production accountant
Viola Vergani .... assistant coordinator
Viola Vergani .... production assistant
Nasko Vulev .... production secretary
Joan Zulfer .... production accountant
Mark Joseph .... marketing (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content
90 min | Turkey:84 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
[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 free Bulgaria so you won't be seen. They'll be everywhere waiting to arrest you...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
Bela Sum, Bela YunacheSee more »


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57 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A courageous journey..., 21 October 2003
Author: Thomas from Indianapolis

Does an actor have to be a Laurence Olivier or a Robert De Niro to be a so-called 'great' actor? Not necessarily. Consider young Ben Tibber, who portrays the central character of this film, I Am David. Ben does more acting, often without saying a word, than I have noticed in a film for a long while. All throughout the film, the mood of the scene is set just by the expression on his face, especially his eyes, and he can change it in an instant. I watched this young actor in total amazement. We follow David on his solo journey of escape from a brutal communist labor camp to a land very vague in his mind, Denmark. There are many beautiful scenes of colorful villages and towns, fields of sunflowers and sweeping vistas of the hills and valleys that we share with David, in sharp contrast to the horrifying memories of life in the labor camp, that haunts him. Those that helped him escape gave him one primary rule: don't trust anyone! As David travels along the roads to his destiny he meets many characters along the way and we wonder, will he, or should he, trust this person? As the viewer, we desperately want somebody to comfort and assist this wonderful boy. The veteran actress, Joan Plowright, splendidly portrays one of those characters that David encounters; but can he confide in her to help him on his way? The director and screenwriter, Paul Feig, doesn't rush the story, although it does move very quickly at the end. Mostly, he lets us observe David as the boy wisely and carefully analyzes each situation as it develops. The end of the film wraps up nicely with a very surprising and interesting revelation of the storyline. I watched this film at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and had great expectations upon going in to see it. I was not disappointed. I Am David, is an outstanding film.

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