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David and Lisa Details


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 contact with Lisa, David eventually opens up to Swinford and his mother. But his mother is dissatisfied with his progress and takes him back home. Home life, however, consists of his mother's domineering ways and parental quarrels, so David runs away and returns to the home for disturbed youngsters. But then an argument with Lisa leads to a climactic confrontation. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Perry Best Director 1962 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Frank Perry Best Film - Any Source 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Janet Margolin New Star of the Year - Female 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Keir Dullea New Star of the Year - Male 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eleanor Perry Best Adapted Screenplay 1962 Nominee


Keir Dullea
as David Clemens
Janet Margolin
as Lisa
Howard Da Silva
as Dr. Swinford
Neva Patterson
as Mrs. Clemens
Clifton James
as John
Mathew Anden
as Simon
Karen Gorney
as Josette
Coni Hudak
as Kate
Richard McMurray
as Mr. Clemens
Nancy Nutter
as Maureen
Coni Hudak
as Kate
Karen Gorney
as Josette
Mathew Anden
as Simon
Richard McMurray
as Mr. Clemens


Frank Perry
Paul Heller
Eleanor Perry
Leonard Hirschfield
Marc Lawrence
Composer (Music Score)
Irving Oshman
Paul Heller
Art Director
Gene Callahan
Set Designer