David and Lisa (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

David and Lisa1962

David and Lisa (1962)




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A pair of institutionalized, mentally ill adolescents create a delicate and problematic situation for administrators and staff when they fall deeply in love. This Oscar-winning independent drama is based on Theodore Isaac Rubin's fact-based novel.

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Keir Dullea
as David Clemens
Janet Margolin
as Lisa Brandt
Howard Da Silva
as Dr. Alan Swinford
Neva Patterson
as Mrs. Clemens
Richard McMurray
as Mr. Clemens
Nancy Nutter
as Maureen
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Critic Reviews for David and Lisa

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Deeply touching.

October 30, 2007 | Full Review…

[Frank Perry] has done a simple, commendable, sympathetic semi-documentary.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Probably not everything it was cracked up to be in 1963.

January 1, 2000

The result is a memorable debut for Eleanor Perry, who wrote the intelligent script, and for her husband Frank, who directed it with discretion and vitality.

October 7, 2019 | Full Review…

David [and Lisa], for all its deficiencies (among which is not casting), is dramatic, it moves.

August 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The understated charm of David and Lisa is what set the movie apart from so many other attempts at depicting the problems of the mentally ill.

October 30, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David and Lisa

Nice! One of the earlier intelligent films addressing real issues without honey coating..in this case the mental issues of youth. Charming and better than the most recent efforts on the same topic.

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