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David (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 October 1988
The true story of David Rothenberg whose disturbed father set him on fire.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Marie Rothenberg (book), Mel White (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernadette Peters ... Marie Rothenberg
John Glover ... Charles Rothenberg
Dan Lauria ... John
George Grizzard ... Dr. Achauer
Christopher Allport ... Terry
Georgann Johnson ... Loraine
Jordan Charney ... Judge
Matthew Lawrence ... David Rothenberg
Cheryl Anderson ... Dee Fraser
Alexandra Borrie Alexandra Borrie ... Geri Chambers
Frederick Combs Frederick Combs ... Ken Curtis
Jack Rader ... Dick Hafdahl
Lisa Blake Richards ... Judy Curtis
Barbara Tarbuck ... Sue Martinez
Caryn Ward Caryn Ward ... Jennifer
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Storyline

David is a six-year-old boy who is caught in the middle of his two feuding (& divorced) parents. His father, Charles, kidnaps him to California, where he eventually sets him on fire as a means of revenge against Marie, David's mother (Young David receives third-degree burns over 90% of his body). This movie chronicles David's struggle to recover and the obstacles he faces along the way. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David, uma História Real See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Superbly done!
9 July 2001 | by rainingpenniesSee all my reviews

As a fan of Bernadette Peters, I make it a point to see anything she did. I had never heard of David Rothenberg's story until seeing this movie. It is an amazing story of triumph in a time of horrible tragedy.

This is one of the best "Made for TV dramas" I have ever seen. Bernadette Peters is fabulous as Marie Rothenberg and John Glover does an equally remarkable job as her troubled ex-husband, Charles. Matthew Lawrence does a fantastic job as David.

Anyone who enjoys a good docudrama will enjoy this one.


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