David and Lisa
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This stark and spare look at the world of the mentally disturbed was one of the beacons of the new American independent film movement. Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin star as two adolescents who make contact with each other in a home for disturbed youngsters. Dullea is David Clemens, who is placed in the home by his mother because of his constant fear of being touched. Margolin is Lisa, a 15-year-old schizophrenic who speaks only in rhyme, when she speaks at all. David rejects the help of psychiatrist Alan Swinford (Howard Da Silva) but makes an emotional connection with Lisa. Because of his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deeply touching."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Margolin and Dullea are two underrated actors who are brilliant in this 'love at the mental home' movie"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"[Frank Perry] has done a simple, commendable, sympathetic semi-documentary."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"... strong performances and sensitive direction create a moving drama..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"It's not a bad time, but it's talky and more than a little pedantic. And Dullea looks like the oldest teen on earth."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Probably not everything it was cracked up to be in 1963."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Frank Perry's soft, romanticized look at two misfits in an asylumn, played by the attractive Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin, this early indie film became a campus favorite in the 1960s and led the way to the rise of independent cinema in the 1970s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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