Josh and S.A.M. (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  24 November 1993 (USA)
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Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that ... See full summary »



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Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and that Canada is a safe haven for any S.A.M. unwilling to fight. The cross-country journey begins when the 2 boys think they killed a drunk and steal his car en route to Canada where they encounter The Liberty Maid. Will Josh & S.A.M. make it to Canada or will they wish they should have never left home. Written by Ryan Harder <>

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Why run away from home when you can drive?

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Rated PG-13 for kids in jeopardy | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuga em Grande  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$1,528,163 (USA)

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It is rumored that the script for Josh and S.A.M. is based on the real-life events in the life of Josh and Sam Rosen in 1990. While not as dramatic, these two brothers embarked on a similar misadventure in Woodbridge, CT, involving a stolen car and police chase following a family squabble. The two were eventually found by authorities hiding in their friend Brad Taylor's tree house. Brad Taylor was reading a book on a bench elsewhere at the time. See more »


A camera is visible through the glass in the banquet room at the hotel in Dallas. See more »


Josh Whitney: Sam you're a genius!
Sam Whitney: Yeah well it's not my fault. They made me that way.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »


Vesti La Giubba
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performed by Hamburg Symphoy Orchestra
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Simply Bizarre.
5 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Josh and SAM" is one of those films that is strangely humorous, in the sense that it really isn't supposed to be all that funny.

The premise-- that two pre-teens steal a car to run away from home (because the younger is actually a robot... or something to that effect) and then end up picking up Martha Plimpton, who refers to herself as "The Liberty Maid" or something-- is just so gloriously bizarre that you find yourself laughing without knowing why.

But the real clincher for this film's humor is that SAM, the technologically-enhanced younger boy, spends almost half of this film with a "feminine hygiene product" attached to his forehead b/c he couldn't find a real Band-Aid. If that isn't comedy, I'm not sure what is...

Rating: 7 out of 10. A prime example of absurdist film-making, although I'm not sure that was the purpose here. Regardless, it's brainless fun that demands a great deal of analysis-- so you'll understand WHY you're laughing at this movie, when you know that you shouldn't be.

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