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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)
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Cast

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 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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/Director Paul Feig chose to give the character David the gift of quickly assimilating and communicating in new languages in order to avoid subtitling. He believed subtitling the many languages in the film would have distanced the viewers from the story. See more »

Goofs

In the window of the Italian bookstore, the book on display next to the book the protagonist is looking at, is clearly, "Cieli e mari: le grandi crociere degli idrovolanti italiani (1925-1933) / Ranieri Cupini". The first edition by Mursia was in 1973, 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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Ritmo Senti Che Ritmo
Written by Ottavio De Santis and Natalino Otto (as Natale Codognotto)
Performed by Natalino Otto (as Nadalino Otto)
Courtesy of Butterfly Music srl - Italy
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A True Work of Art -- More than a Movie
9 July 2005 | by schwenkblSee all my reviews

There's just so much to say about "I am David" that I feel like I can't get it all in. From the directing, to the script; from the photography to the acting... it all just works.

This movie is a breath of fresh air from the Hollywood machine that churns out lifeless epics, tasteless comedies, and meaningless dramas in the name of money. "I Am David" aims not to collect big at the box office, but to convey passion and art through cinema.

It follows the escape of a young boy named David from a concentration camp during the Bulgarian War. Carrying only a small satchel with a mysterious envelope and a few other items, David sets across the countryside to reach Denmark. He doesn't know (and neither do we until the end) why he's going to Denmark or what's in the envelope; he's just doing as instructed by a mentor at the concentration camp.

The characters in the film are phenomenal. Jim Caviezel's character is surprisingly absent for most of the film; but nevertheless is an integral part of the story. (I have yet to see him in a role that I didn't like.) I don't think you could draw up a more perfect child actor for the role of David than Ben Tibber. His performance in this movie is Oscar-worthy to me. And Joan Plowright (you'll recognize her from "Dennis the Menace") is verrrrry convincing in her role. Director Paul Feig has a cameo in the movie.

The soundtrack and colors work wonders; taking your breath away with each shot. The Damien Rice piece at the end is very heartfelt and true to the movie as well. The limited dialogue makes the characters seem simple, yet true to life.

Without giving too much away, I highly recommend this movie to EVERYONE. It's charming, funny, sad, and inspirational. Most movies these days have no redeeming value whatsoever, but with "David" this is not the case. It saddens me that Americans would prefer the rehashed, regurgitated crap of Hollywood over this brilliant work of art. I'm not familiar with Feig's work, but following this movie, I'm going to be sure to check out other works by him.

Please watch this one. It's a real winner.


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