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I Am David (2003)

PG | | Drama | 3 December 2004 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Paul Feig

Writers:

Anne Holm (novel), Paul Feig (screenplay)
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Tibber ... David
Jim Caviezel ... Johannes
Hristo Shopov Hristo Shopov ... The Man
Roberto Attias Roberto Attias ... Baker
Maria Bonnevie ... David's Mother
Francesco De Vito ... Roberto
Marin Jivkov Marin Jivkov ... Cecha
Shaila Rubin Shaila Rubin ... Vineyard Owner
Robert Syulev Robert Syulev ... Angelo
Elisabetta Bartolomei Elisabetta Bartolomei ... Woman at Party
Krasimir Kutzoparov Krasimir Kutzoparov ... Camp Officer (as Krassimir Kutzuparov)
Krassimir Radkov Krassimir Radkov ... Party Guest
Diyan Machev Diyan Machev ... Party Guest (as Deyan Machev)
Clem Tibber Clem Tibber ... Young David
Adrian McCourt ... David's Father
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Believe in the power to change your destiny

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sonho da Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,346, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$284,002, 19 December 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Young David" is played by Clem Tibber, the real-life younger brother of Ben Tibber who played David through the rest of the film. 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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in TruInside: Bridesmaids (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Bela Sum, Bela Yunache
Written by Christo Todorov
Performed by Choir and Orchestra, 100 Kaba Bagpipes
Courtesy of Balkanton
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Brilliant!
6 December 2004 | by leslie-gyiSee all my reviews

Loved the Movie! One of the most faithful renditions of a book to screen....gripping adventure....wonderful scenery, great characters, heartfelt acting, both funny and sad at the same time. Beautiful Photography, many of the scenes would be great standalone still photos. Felt like I went on vacation in Europe watching this picture. About time we have a movie without gratuitous sex and violence, and a break from reality programming, that has come to the point of offering live, real-time war as an option. Am surprised that many of the professional reviews seem to have been written by people with no background for this type of movie, and just don't get it. Waiting to see more from this director, Paul Feig.


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