Sam leaps into the body of Jimmy LaMotta a mentally disabled man, with the IQ of a 12 year-old, who has recently moved in with his brother Frank and his family. It's 1964 and there is little tolerance for integrating men like Jimmy into mainstream society. At home, Jimmy's sister-in-law is worried having him around, particularly the effect he may be having on their son. Jimmy manages to get a job on the docks with his brother but faces a great deal of prejudice from some fellow workers, particularly from a man named Blue. Blue has a secret of his own, however. Written by
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Al had a mentally retarded sister named Trudy who was in a mental hospital. She died in 1953, and the institution claimed it was from pneumonia. See more
While Jimmy (Sam) and his brother share their lunch on the pier at work, the brother grabs an individually wrapped Twinkie from Jimmy. Twinkies did not come individually wrapped in 1964. You could only purchase them in a twin-pack. See more
There was a girl named Trudy. She was retarded, Sam. Her IQ was lower than Jimmy's. And all the kids in the neighborhood used to tease her. Kids can be cruel-call her names like dumby and monkey face. And I hated it, and I used to get in fights all the time over this, but that's big brother's are for right? My mother couldn't handle it-that's probably why she ran off with this stupid encyclopedia salesman. But my dad tried to keep us all together. he was a construction worker, he went from job ...