I Am Sam Image

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Summary: 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.
Runtime: 132 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for language.
Production: New Line Cinema
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jun 18, 2002
Director Credit
Jessie Nelson Director
Writer Credit
Jessie Nelson Written By
Kristine Johnson Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Michelle Pfeiffer Rita Harrison Williams
Sean Penn Sam Dawson
Cast Credit
Brad Silverman Brad
Dakota Fanning Lucy Diamond Dawson
Dianne Wiest Annie Cassell
Doug Hutchison Ifty
Joseph Rosenberg Joe
Ken Jenkins Judge Philip McNeily
Laura Dern Randy Carpenter
Loretta Devine Margaret Calgrove
Mason Lucero Conner Rhodes
Richard Schiff Mr. Turner
Rosalind Chao Lily
Stanley DeSantis Robert
Wendy Phillips Miss Wright
Producer Credit
Barbara A. Hall Co-Producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
David Rubin Executive Producer
Edward Zwick Producer
Jessie Nelson Producer
Lisa Campbell Associate Producer
Marshall Herskovitz Producer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Richard Solomon Producer
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