David and Lisa

David And Lisa

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David and Lisa (1962) is a small independent film directed by Frank Perry, often cited as one of his best works. Based on the novel by Theodore Isaac Rubin, the screenplay, written by Frank Perry's wife Eleanor, tells the story of a bright young man suffering from a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This lands him in a residential treatment center, in which he meets a girl with dissociative identity disorder called Lisa, whom he learns to understand.

The film is shot in black-and-white, and it runs for 93 minutes. It cost $183,000 and returned over $1,000,000 in rentals on its first week.

David and Lisa earned Frank Perry a nomination for the 1962 Academy Award for Directing and Eleanor Perry for her Screenplay.

It was adapted as a stage play in 1967, and was remade as a television movie in 1998 starring Lukas Haas, Sidney Poitier and Brittany Murphy.


  • David Clemens – David is a young man played by Keir Dullea who suffers from Aphenphosmphobia. He cannot stand to be touched by others. He is cold and chooses to be isolated from his peers. He has an obsession with time.
  • Lisa Brandt – Lisa is a young woman played by Janet Margolin. She suffers from a split personality. When she is Lisa, she can only speak in rhymes. When she is Muriel, she cannot speak, but only write.
  • Dr. Swinford – The doctor at the treatment center played by Howard Da Silva. He is an older, pensive man who manages to break through David's tough......
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