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I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

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Jessie Nelson
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Sam Dawson
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Rita
Dakota Fanning ... Lucy
Dianne Wiest ... Annie
Loretta Devine ... Margaret Calgrove
Richard Schiff ... Turner
Laura Dern ... Randy Carpenter
Brad Silverman Brad Silverman ... Brad (as Brad Allan Silverman)
Joseph Rosenberg Joseph Rosenberg ... Joe
Stanley DeSantis ... Robert
Doug Hutchison ... Ifty
Rosalind Chao ... Lily
Ken Jenkins ... Judge McNeily
Wendy Phillips ... Miss Wright
Mason Lucero ... Conner Rhodes
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Storyline

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7yo. He has a daughter who's homeless mother has abandons them both. Sam's difficulties become problematic, and she's taken away. Sam finds a lawyer who tells the case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love and whether it's really all needed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

love is all you need

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film launched the career of child actress Dakota Fanning, who was then seven years old and had only acted in two small roles. See more »

Goofs

Credits list "starbucks barrister" instead of "barista". See more »

Quotes

Sam: Lucy doesn't need me anymore. She has a new family now... and she doesn't need me anymore.
Rita: Is that what she said?
Sam: It's because I know that. Because I just know that.
Rita: Well. That's the first stupid thing I've ever heard you say.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Blackbird
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan appears courtesy of Arista Records
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One of my favourite movie
24 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

This film goes to show you that often critics lose their humanity and writhe in puddles of their own egotistical nonsense. This is a great film with a brilliant performance by Sean Penn (who broke the rules and went full retard). I wouldn't put it up there with Rain Man, but this is still a great film. Michelle Pfeiffer wishes every film she was in was like this, and Dakota Fanning is cute enough to get away with playing the same role she played in every film she did as a child: the little girl who's too smart for her own good.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,779, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$40,311,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,818,139
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1.85 : 1
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