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I Am David (2003)

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A twelve-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)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Tibber ... David
Jim Caviezel ... Johannes
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 ... 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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Believe in the power to change your destiny

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Stewart Copeland, drummer for rock band "The Police", composed the soundtrack for this movie. For inspiration, he immersed himself in Eastern European Gypsy and folk music. See more »

Goofs

In the belly of the ship, David lights a match. In one shot, the match is burnt almost in half. In the next shot, it is a newly-lit match. 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 The Comix Scrutinizer: Skull #3 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Podzim Sum, Male, Legnala
Written by Anguel Philipov
Performed by Boika Prissadova
Courtesy of Bulgarian National Radio
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Yeah, you blend
24 November 2004 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. A very touching, heartfelt film without the Hollywood gloss, "I Am David" takes us on a journey of hope and discovery. We get to experience the world through the eyes of a first timer. Ben Tibber (a child actor well-schooled at the Tiny Tim role) follows the advice he is given prior to his escape from concentration camp as his journey takes him throughout Europe. While in the camp, David befriends Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ" and the upcoming Bobby Jones biopic). Caviezil's courageous death sets in motion the plan to allow for David's escape. Tibber's expressive eyes and the breathtaking countryside scenery carry the film until Joan Plowright explodes on the screen. The movie really gains spirit at this point, but regrettably, this is also where it appears the producers ran out of money. The last 10 minutes of the film are harried and rushed with little dialogue. The result is a wonderful ending spoiled. Still, the film is a delight to watch and will tug at your heartstrings as you admire and pull for David to complete his journey. Couldn't help but notice that at the concentration camp, The Man is played by Bulgarian actor Hristo Shopov, who also played (to a chilling effect) Pontius Pilate is "The Passion of the Christ".


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Country:

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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

Gross USA:

$288,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,577
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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