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David: the David Rothenberg Story

  • 1988
  • John Erman
  • 94 mins

Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Bernadette Peters. A mother dedicates herself to her young son's welfare when he is left severely disfigured by his father's attempt to burn him to death.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The makers of TV movies have hardly any qualms about sensationalising real-life horror and exploiting emotional trauma. This is one of the most painful examples, in which an estranged father (played by John Glover) sets fire to his six-year-old son (Matthew Lawrence) who, disfigured, has to come to terms with his life and the suffering of his mother (Bernadette Peters). The admirable performances do transcend the opportunism of the idea.

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Credits

Cast

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Marie RothenbergBernadette Peters
David RothenbergMatthew Lawrence
Charles RothenbergJohn Glover
Dr AchauerGeorge Grizzard
John CirilloDan Lauria
Terry BranumChristopher Allport
Loraine LevyGeorgann Johnson
Dee FraserCheryl Anderson
JudgeJordan Charney
Geri ChambersAlexandra Borrie

Crew

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DirectorJohn Erman

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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