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I Am Sam (2001)

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Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson
Writers: Jessie Nelson, Kristine Johnson.

Release Date: 2001-12-28
Status: Released
Run time: 132 min / 2:12
Budget: $22,000,000
Revenue: $92,542,418
Production Company : New Line Cinema
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2001-12-28
Status: Released
Run time: 132 min / 2:12
Budget: $22,000,000
Revenue: $92,542,418

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Sean Penn
as Sam Dawson
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Rita Harrison Williams
Dianne Wiest
as Annie Cassell
Dakota Fanning
as Lucy Diamond Dawson
Richard Schiff
as Mr. Turner
Loretta Devine
as Margaret Calgrove
Marin Hinkle
as Patricia
Laura Dern
as Randy Carpenter
Brad Silverman
as Brad
Joseph Rosenberg
as Joe
Stanley DeSantis
as Robert
Doug Hutchison
as Ifty
Bobby Cooper
as George
Mary Steenburgen
as Dr. Blake
Eileen Ryan
as Estelle Dawson
Michael B. Silver
as Dr. Jaslow
Rosalind Chao
as Lily
Ken Jenkins
as Judge Philip McNeily
Wendy Phillips
as Miss Wright
Mason Lucero
as Conner Rhodes
Scott Paulin
as Duncan Rhodes
Kit McDonough
as Ms. Davis
Kimberly Scott
as Gertie
Chase MacKenzie Bebak
as Willy Harrison
Rafer Weigel
as Bruce
Emiko Parise
as Nurse
Pamela Dunlap
as Grace
Brent Spiner
as Shoe Saleman
David Nathan Schwartz
as Principal
Kathleen Robertson
as Big Boy Waitress
Karen Bankhead
as Rita's Colleague
Janet Adderley
as Obnoxious Mom
Katie McGloin
as Cristina
Steven Maines
as Collin
Dennis Fanning
as Vice Cop
David Poynter
as Cafeteria Worker
R. D. Call
as Cop at Park
Elle Fanning
as Lucy (2 Years Old)
Russ Fega
as Starbucks Angry Man
Molly Gordon
as Callie


Directing Jessie Nelson Director
Writing Jessie Nelson Screenplay
Writing Kristine Johnson Screenplay
Production Edward Zwick Producer
Art Erin Cochran Art Direction
Sound John Powell Original Music Composer
Camera Elliot Davis Director of Photography
Production Mary Gail Artz Casting
Production Barbara Cohen Casting
Costume & Make-Up Susie DeSanto Costume Design
Art Aaron Osborne Production Design
Art Jennifer M. Gentile Set Decoration
Art Garrett Lewis Set Decoration
Editing Richard Chew Editor
Directing Brenda K. Wachel Script Supervisor
Camera Lorey Sebastian Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Bunny Parker Hair Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Elisabeth Fry Makeup Department Head
Sound Douglas Axtell Sound Mixer
Sound Adam Jenkins Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Rick Ash Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Paul Timothy Carden Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Joe Milner Supervising Sound Editor
Editing Dennis Gray Dialogue Editor
Editing Sarah Payan Dialogue Editor
Sound Terry Delsing Music Editor
Sound Terry Wilson Music Editor
Production Russ Fega Location Manager
Costume & Make-Up Lynda Foote Costume Supervisor
Sound Perry Robertson Sound Effects Editor
Art Brynn McQuade Art Department Coordinator
Art Mychael Bates Property Master
Production Barbara A. Hall Unit Production Manager
Production Jessie Nelson Producer
Production Barbara A. Hall Co-Producer
Production Richard Solomon Producer
Production Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Production Marshall Herskovitz Producer
Production Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Production David Rubin Executive Producer
Production Lisa Demaine Associate Producer
Directing Lisa Demaine First Assistant Director

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  • I Am Sam is a great movie that deals with marginalized people in our society and how they're treated. It's a very realistic portrayal. I watched it with my 13 year old daughter and it alternately made us cry, got us angry and caused us to laugh uncontrollably.

  • "I Am Sam" is aimed at audiences who will relate to the heart-tugging relationship between Sam and Lucy (and young Dakota Fanning does a convincing job as the bright daughter). Every device of the movie's art is designed to convince us Lucy must stay with Sam, but common sense makes it impossible to go the distance with the premise.

  • I Am Sam movie reviews & Metacritic score: The compelling story of Sam Dawson (Penn), a mentally challenged father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of...

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