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9th May 2002
I Am Sam 12 cert camera  

Director: Jessie Nelson
Marshall Herskovitz; Jessie Nelson; Richard Solomon; Edward Zwick
Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest, Joseph Rosenberg, Brad Allan Silverman, Richard Schiff, Stanley DeSantis.
Length: 132 minutes
10th May 2002

I Am Sam

Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer star in I Am Sam
Love is all you need

This is the heartfelt story of Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), a mentally challenged father who struggles with the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

Sam has the intellectual capacity of a seven-year-old and the film explores the critical year his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) turns seven and begins to eclipse him. Initially below the radar, their situation comes under scrutiny when Lucy enters school and a social worker intervenes to remove her from their home.

Faced with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam stumbles upon Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), a high-powered, self-absorbed divorce attorney who takes his case pro bono as a challenge from her colleagues. On the surface they appear to be drastically different when in reality they are subtly similar. Sam’s compulsive need for order is judged harshly but mirrors Rita’s more socially acceptable obsessive-compulsive nature.

Their relationship, while unsuspecting and even unwilling, fuses a bond that results in an unlikely testament to the power of unconditional love.

I Am Sam stars Sean Penn as Sam Dawson, a mentally challenged father raising his daughter with the help of his loyal friends and highly intelligent agoraphobic neighbour. Although he only possesses the intellect of a seven-year old, Sam has created and nurtured a unique and loving bond with his daughter that most “conventional” parents would envy.

Michelle Pfeiffer co-stars as Rita Harrison, a high-powered Century City divorce attorney who has never lost a case. She leads a seemingly perfect life filled with material wealth and social affluence. Her manic need for perfection and success alienates her from her own son and has been slowly destroying her self worth.

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