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Life According to Sam (2013)

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

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Sean Fine, Andrea Nix (as Andrea Nix Fine)
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Cast overview:
Sam Berns Sam Berns ... Himself
Leslie Gordon Leslie Gordon ... Herself
Scott Berns Scott Berns ... Himself
Francis Collins ... Himself (archive footage)
Audrey Gordon Audrey Gordon ... Herself
Sumaria Sumaria ... Herself
Priya Priya ... Herself
Niccolo Niccolo ... Himself
Sammy Sammy ... Himself
Megan Megan ... Herself
Devin Devin ... Himself
Zoe Zoe ... Herself
Dave Matthews ... Himself
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'Life According to Sam' is about one family's courageous fight to save their only son from a rare and fatal disease, progeria. The average age of death from progeria is 13, there is no treatment, and no cure. Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns are set on changing this. When their son Sam, now 16 years old, was diagnosed with progeria at age two, doctors told Leslie and Scott to enjoy Sam while they could. They refused to believe this was the answer. In less than a decade, their advances have led to identifying the gene at fault, creating the first drug trials for treatment, and revealing the amazing discovery that progeria is linked to the aging process in all of us. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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La vida según Sam See more »

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Brilliant and uplifting
20 February 2014 | by radford_andySee all my reviews

I have been rating movies on IMDb for quite a few years but have never written a review. After seeing this documentary I felt I needed to write something that would encourage people to watch it.

Being a father of a 2 year old this documentary was hard to watch at first. I found myself putting myself in the parent's position and found it heart breaking. The more you watch the more of Sam's personality shines through and this brought a smile to my face. By the end I felt uplifted and lucky that my little boy is healthy. I will never take that for granted.

This should be watched by everybody. If you can watch this without welling up then you have no soul.

Sam has sadly passed away recently. My thoughts go to his parents and friends who must miss a brilliant and brave boy.


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