I Am Sam

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  130 min.
Release Date: January 25, 2002
DVD: June 18, 2002

Current rating: Rating: 4.32
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Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Doug Hutchison, Stanley DeSantis, Brad Silverman, Loretta Devine, Laura Dern, Will Wallace, Dianne Wiest, Molly Gordon


Sam Dawson (Penn) is a mentally-challenged man raising his daughter Lucy. As Lucy is reaching her seventh birthday, and intellectually surpassing her father, a social worker threatens their bond as she feels Lucy should be placed under foster care.

Faced with a case that looks like it can't possibly win, Sam vows to fight the legal system with the help of attorney Rita Harrison (Pfeiffer), who initially takes the case as a challenge from her colleagues.

Director: Jessie Nelson
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Edward Zwick, Jessie Nelson, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Solomon
Screenplay: Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson
Official Site: www.iamsammovie.com

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  • 4 stars "Really good movie and great soundtrack."