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David and Lisa


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NOW AVAILABLE IN A BRAND-NEW DIGITAL TRANSFER, THIS TOUCHING '60S CLASSIC ABOUT TWO EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED TEENAGERS DRAWN TO EACH OTHER IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION CREATED A SENSATION AMONG AUDIENCES AND CRITICS WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED. PORTRAYED UNFORGETTABLY BY JANET MARGOLIN (ANNIE HALL) AND KEIR DULLEA (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), THE PAINFULLY SHY LISA CAN COMMUNICATE ONLY THROUGH RHYME, AND DAVID CANNOT BEAR BEING TOUCHED. STRONGLY ATTRACTED TO EACH OTHER, THEY DEVELOP A DEEP BOND THAT CHANGES BOTH OF THEIR LIVES. DIRECTED BY FRANK PERRY (DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, TV'S A CHRISTMAS MEMORY) WITH A STRONG SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY HOWARD DA SILVA AS THE COMPASSIONATE PSYCHIATRIST, THIS POWERFUL FILM WILL LEAVE ITS MARK ON YOU FOREVER.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, Neva Patterson, Clifton James
  • Directors: Frank Perry
  • Writers: Eleanor Perry, Theodore Isaac Rubin
  • Producers: Lee R. Bobker, Paul M. Heller
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NO23T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "David and Lisa" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I hadn't seen this film in decades, and I wondered how well it would hold up now. I needn't have worried: it's still as lovely & touching as I remembered, with the same quiet power that moved me as a teenager. The performances are wonderful, with Keir Dullea's David struggling unsuccessfully to conceal his terror beneath a calm, self-assured, even arrogant facade; and Janet Margolin's glowing Lisa, her big dark eyes conveying fragility, yearning, loneliness & a glimmer of hope with astonishing depth. And the stark black & white photography allows us to glimpse their souls in a way color never could.

As for complaints that the story "blames the parents," please note that Dr. Swinford (a warm & compassionate Howard DaSilva) explains to David that one day he'll understand that his parents also had parents, with their own fears, doubts & unconscious drives. The film doesn't "blame the parents," it merely points out that each person bears the psychological weight & demands of many generations, often unconsciously. This remains as true today as it was then. Psychological healing isn't about "blame," but about recognizing the source of our inner wounds & coming to terms with them within ourselves. Whatever the cause of those wounds, once we're aware of them, the responsibility of facing them is ours alone.

And has psychology learned much more in the 40 years since this film was made? Of course! But that doesn't invalidate the film, both as an expression of a specific time & place, and as a metaphor for healing. No, it's not saying that love & compassion will magically overcome & solve all problems; but it is saying that they're absolutely essential for any hopes of creating a whole & meaningful life.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By kstein@dredf.org on June 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A few nights ago, I watched the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" made-for-TV remake of David and Lisa on ABC. What a disaster.
David and Lisa has always been one of my favorite movies. I saw it originally in 1962 when I was a sophomore in high school. (I will never forget . . . The dramatic tension was too much for Billy Levin, the friend I went to see it with . . . just as they touched at the grand finale of the movie, he burst into uncontrolled uproarious laughter. I thought the other people in the theater were going to kill him).
Anyway . . .
If Oprah Winfrey wanted "to introduce David and Lisa to a new generation of viewers" (as was stated in the prologue), why didn't she just show us all the original one (without commercials)! And who needed Oprah telling us all at the outset, "This movie is about the healing power of love." Hey, if the director couldn't get that across in two hours!
Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, and Howard da Silva's performances were impeccable in the original. Sidney Poitier's performance (he played the doctor in last night's redo) ran the gamut of emotions from A to B. (I have always been an admirer of Howard da Silva's progressive credentials -- he was a leftist blacklisted by the McCarthyites in the 1950's -- his genuine caring and sincere humanity really came across on the silver screen.)
And maybe sweat just looks better in black and white, or maybe Dullea's raw gutsy portrayal was eons better than the polished frozen robot performance of Lukas Haas, but all in all there is no comparison. Last night's Lisa did a whole lot too much long-shot bunny-hopping around the set.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. Williams on June 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film is absolutely beautiful in every sense. It is the story of two teenagers, David and Lisa, who are both in a home for mentally ill teens. David is obsessed with clocks and has a fear of being physically touched while Lisa can only speak in rhyme. The film covers the powerful bond that develops between David and Lisa. I think this film is wonderful. Both Keir Dullea (David) and the late Janet Margolin (Lisa) are brilliant! There is also a fine supporting cast. Overall I would say this is one of the finest films I have ever viewed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ambrose on January 8, 2000
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As to the content and quality of this film, the other reviews here cover it really well. The thing I like about this film is that it was done well on an incredibly low budget. What I heard at the time is that the film was made for $50,000. An absurdly low figure, even in 1962. The crew had only one old Mitchell 35mm camera, so for every change of view, they literally had to pick up the camera and move it. This accounts also for the fade out to black at the end of each scene. The film is so artfully assembled that when you watch it, you are totally unaware of the limitations the crew had to deal with. I believe David and Lisa should be mandatory study for all the wannabe indie directors hitting the scene today.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Isavant@starpower.com on September 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I just saw "David and Lisa" and am buying the video for keeps. Never having heard of it I rented this film on an impulse. It was a most rewarding impulse. The brilliance of this film caught me completely off guard. This film now sits on my list of favorite films. The cinematography during certain scenes has a breathtaking ability to communicate the story through the lens alone. The screenplay is brilliant in every way conceivable. If you are a mental health professional you must see this film. David and Lisa is directed with restraint and brevity. Scenes end precisely when their message is communicated,and no longer. The acting is a gift to the viewer. The art design for the movie is poetic and powerful. This is one of the most seductive movies I have ever seen. This film moves the viewer along effortlessly. Am I raving about this film? Yes! I concur with the previous reviews that say that this film was ahead of its time. It is still relevant today, unlike many "issue" movies that become cliches and are painful to watch.
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