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I Am David (2005)

Ben Tibber , Jim Caviezel , Paul Feig  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Tibber, Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright, Hristo Shopov, Silvia De Santis
  • Directors: Paul Feig
  • Writers: Paul Feig, Anne Holm
  • Producers: Andrea Borella, Clive Parsons, Davina Belling, Lauren Levine, Plamen Voynovsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007N19X2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Am David" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Discovering David" featurette
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

I Am David is adapted from Anne Holm's internationally acclaimed novel North to Freedom. It is the story of a 12-year-old boy, David, who escapes 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 in his young life as he travels across Europe. It is a spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctual mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love. I Am David addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the resilience of youth and the unbreakable spirit of a child.

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Courage and Hope June 12, 2006
"I Am David" is a low-budget but finely crafted story of an 11 year old boy who has spent most of his short life in a Bulgarian Gulag during the horrors of the Stalin era. He escapes, with the help of his mentor Johannes, and the head officer of the forced labor camp, and is told to "Trust no one." Writer/director Paul Feig based his film on the bestseller "North to Freedom" by Anne Holm, and the script is intelligent and has sensitivity and depth. David makes his way through Greece and Italy, and into Switzerland, with the constant fear that he will be returned to the labor camp.

The cast is excellent, with Ben Tibber as the stoic and courageous David, and Joan Plowright, who adds to her lifetime of flawless performances here with the portrayal of Sophie, an artist who teaches David to trust in life and humanity. In the small but pivotal part of Johannes, Jim Caviezel is marvelous. This was filmed before he played Jesus in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," and some other actors in "The Passion" are also in "I Am David," notably Hristo Shopov (who was Pontius Pilate) as the head officer, and Francesco De Vito (Peter) as Roberto the sailor/truck driver. Director Feig has a cameo as an American whose car runs out of gas, in one of the more humorous scenes in the film.

The DVD features are good, and include interviews with producers and actors on how the film was planned and made, deleted scenes, and interesting commentary by Feig, where he shows us just how stringent his budget was, and how he had to cut corners. Despite the financial limitations, this is an inspiring film, as well as an entertaining one. "I Am David" makes wonderful family viewing, and will give younger audiences a glimpse into the Gulags behind the Iron Curtain of the early 1950s, and how the human spirit can conquer adversity.
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing April 16, 2005
I just watched I am David and I loved it! This is a movie that is so full of the human spirit that you can't help but cry and be moved. This is a movie that didn't need gratuitous sex scenes, foul language and endless violence to make it amazing, just raw human emotion about a young boy who is trying to find life, and what else it has to offer than all he's know in the camp. I recommend this movie to anyone who want to watch a movie with their entire family!
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High suspense for the whole family. April 25, 2005
One of those rare movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat with gripping suspense, yet is suitable for the whole family. Young David escapes from a Gulag at the beginning, and the story followes his perilous solo journey across Eastern Europe and Italy. The boy has been told a safe destination, but lacks the knowledge to be sure when he's in safe territory, or who he can trust. The situation reminded me of the classic "A Boy Ten Feet Tall" starring Edward G. Robinson (aka "Sammy Going South"). Without giving away too much, I'll just say the ending has a few surprises that are not disappointing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOW YOUR CHILDREN THIS FILM November 29, 2005
A finer film has not been created in years. Several years. I watched this and immediately decided to show it to my children (ages 8 and 10), and to my amazement, they got the message. They have it SO good, and they saw that children all over the world are not nearly as fortunate as they are. They understood that there have been countless other children just like "David" who have been abandoned by the world. It's a tear-jerker for sure, but it does so much more than just stir emotions... it can change a person's perspective. Something so many films ought to aspire to. Cinema as it should be. Bravo.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Movie March 11, 2006
A story about a boy moving from the darkness of communist rule in eastern europe in the early 1950's into the light of freedom. He escapes from Bulgaria, and travels through Greece, Italy, and Switzerland in order to get to Denmark. In his imprisonment and his journey, David benefits from love and sacrifice, both given and received. A benefactor, whose identity is gradually revealed, tells David to trust no one until he gets to Denmark.

Religious and moral themes abound. There is a Christ-like figure who gives his life to save David. An executioner forced to commit murder by "the state", chooses love over blind duty when he conspires with his victim. David achieves freedom in his escape from Bulgaria, but is unable to recognize or understand what that means. In his travels, his heart and his mind gradually open to love. As his trust grows, he gets closer and closer to his destination. He does not understand why Denmark is his destination, only that he was told by his protector to go there. When David makes a leap of faith, he reaches his destination in a dramatic fashion.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real thing March 12, 2006
Aside from the a young man's bravery this movie reminds about the communism. People tend to forget the history, that is why we have so many repeats. I am a Bulgarian and in 1952 I was only 4, but I could not agree more with the movie, at the same time recommend it to anyone. Anyone who cherishes the freedom the way it should be cherished.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece August 8, 2005
Hard to believe some of the negative reviews of this outstanding movie. Wasn't sure if they were talking about the same film which is a moving masterpiece of a story about a boy who had a friend who cared so much for him that he gave his life that they boy might live. Jim Caviezel may not have been in many scenes but those that he was were the most important in a movie that was about selflessness instead of selfishness. I never tire of seeing this motion picture about a young boy who escapes a Soviet Gulag in Bulgaria, and, in the process discovers that there are good people in the world, especially the man who died that he might live, as shown in the one of the movies final moving scenes in an airplane. "I am David" is another one of those hidden gems. This is a must see motion picture that you will never forget. No greater love is there than to lay down your life for your fellow man, as Caviezel subsequently portrayed in Gibson's epic. Ben T. gave the finest performance for a young actor that I can ever recall with a wonderful supporting cast to particularly include the Italian family having a daughter he saved in a fire. Five stars is not enough for "I am David."
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is very pleased.
Bought as a gift for my mother in law. Prompt shipping. She is very pleased.
Published 5 days ago by Amy E Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars this was an excellent movie. Only bought to add to my Jim ...
Even thought I can't stand war movies especially those relating to children, this was an excellent movie. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lindy Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it. My kids love it.
Published 15 days ago by Old Woman in Shoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie.
Published 23 days ago by Martha Andras
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the truly great movies of the last decade or so
This is one of the truly great movies of the last decade or has everything a movie should have: an interesting and poignant plot, beautifully written, suspense, charm, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pony shea
2.0 out of 5 stars This wasn't the entire version I had originally saw. ...
This wasn't the entire version I had originally saw. A very important part of the movie ending was cut out which ruined the movie for me.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Bubbico
5.0 out of 5 stars One little repeated hint...
I loved this movie. I really do appreciate Jim Caviezel's work. He plays a short, though pivotal part in this endearing movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nomie
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars for these people-please do not trust them.
This DVD was an illegal copy and only played the first part. Looks like a pirated copy.
Published 2 months ago by Malaquias Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars David
I loved this story. I watch it a couple times a year. It is an amazing true story.
Published 3 months ago by Hala Orlowski
5.0 out of 5 stars I've watched ot 4 times since I bought it here on Amazon
Great story and movie
Published 3 months ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
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