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David and Lisa (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 September 1963 (Sweden)
Teenager David Clemens develops a hysterical fear that he will die if he comes into physical contact with another person. Perturbed, David's overbearing mother places him in a home for mentally disturbed young people.


Frank Perry


Eleanor Perry (screenplay), Theodore Isaac Rubin (book) (as Theodore Isaac Rubin M.D.)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Keir Dullea ... David Clemens
Janet Margolin ... Lisa Brandt
Howard Da Silva ... Dr. Alan Swinford
Neva Patterson ... Mrs. Clemens
Clifton James ... John
Richard McMurray Richard McMurray ... Mr. Stewart Clemens
Nancy Nutter Nancy Nutter ... Maureen
Mathew Anden Mathew Anden ... Simon (as Matthew Anden)
Jaime Sánchez ... Carlos (as Jaime Sanchez)
Coni Hudak Coni Hudak ... Kate
Karen Lynn Gorney ... Josette (as Karen Gorney)
Janet Lee Parker Janet Lee Parker ... Sandra


The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Written by joe robertson <glossy@mail.utexas.edu>

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An unusual love story!




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Frank Perry's directorial debut. See more »


About halfway in, as David is beginning a chess game, Lisa picks up a white knight, puts it various places on the board and then on the opponent's head. There, though, it has become the white queen. When she returns it to the board the piece is once again a knight. ' See more »


Mrs. Clemens: David, you never used to talk to me like that.
David Clemens: What makes you think that I ever really talked to you at all? When people talk, it means they say what they really feel. All you ever do is toss words around.
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Referenced in Un vampiro para dos (1965) See more »

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Outstanding Acting/ Great Picture
3 March 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This was an outstanding film dealing with two young people who had mental problems that were deep seeded into their minds and how they both struggled; to help each other find the light at the end of the tunnel. Keir Dullea,(David Clemens) "De Sade",'69, played the role of a

young man coming from a rich family, who had a big hang up about anyone touching him in any way, even with a pinkie finger. If you did touch him, he went crazy and carried on like a brat of a child. Janet Margolin,(Lisa Brandt),"Annie Hall",'77, was another mentally disturbed young girl, pretty and seemed to glow when she looked at David. Howard Da Silva,(Dr. Swinford),"The Great Gatsby",'74 was the shrink in charge of the mental facility and had a full time job just trying to get David & Lisa to open up their twisted and disturbed minds. Great acting and a very enjoyable film, which at times is depressing and very down to earth.

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9 September 1963 (Sweden) See more »

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$185,000 (estimated)
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