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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Dawson
... Rita
... Lucy
... Annie
... Margaret Calgrove
... Turner
... Randy Carpenter
Brad Silverman ... Brad (as Brad Allan Silverman)
Joseph Rosenberg ... Joe
... Robert
... Ifty
... Lily
... Judge McNeily
... Miss Wright
Mason Lucero ... Conner Rhodes
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Storyline

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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love is all you need

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Warner Bros.

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25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo soy Sam  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,418, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,311,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,818,139
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Shailene Woodley auditioned for a role but lost out to Dakota Fanning. See more »

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In the first courtroom scene, the judge asks to see Sam back in court on January 5th, supposedly a month after that day. However, the board of cases for the day says the date is August 20th. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: Daddy, did God made for you to be like this or was it an accident?
Sam: Ok, what do you mean?
Lucy: I mean you're different.
Sam: But what do you mean?
Lucy: You're not like other daddies.
Sam: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Yeah, I'm sorry.
Lucy: It's ok, daddy. It's ok. Don't be sorry. I'm lucky. Nobody else's daddy ever comes to the park.
Sam: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah, we are lucky. Aren't we lucky? Yeah!
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Featured in Game k n b?: Celebrity Fathers (2006) See more »

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Strawberry Fields Forever
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Ben Harper
Ben Harper appears courtesy of Virgin Records
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stunning performances
1 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

A Truly wonderful film that left you thinking and feeling for hours after walking out of the cinema.

Michelle Pfeiffer is exact in her portrayal of the smart, rich, no-nonsense lawyer who realises how empty her luxurious and successful life is. As always she delivers an outstanding performance and reminds us of just how excellent and beautiful an actress she is.

Sean Penn is so believable that you forget that he doesn't actually have anything wrong with him...he captures every emotion perfectly and instills all of that emotion in the audience. Penn is highly under rated in the world that is movies, as he shows with this Oscar potential performance.

The young actress who plays his daughter is amazingly mature in her acting, whilst always managing to capture the innocence of her youthfullness. On top of all that she is gorgeous. The combination of three excellent main actors combined with the supporting actors and the genuine theme and style of the film makes I am Sam an excellent and must see film. Truly Inspiring.


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