I Am Sam DVD


Sean Penn stars as Sam, a mentally disabled single father fighting to regain custody of his daughter, with the help of Michelle Pfeiffer as a workaholic lawyer.

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28 October 2002
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132 minutes 
PAL, Widescreen 
  • Average Rating for I Am Sam [2002] - 3 out of 5

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  • I Am Sam [2002]
    Marie Marriott

    This is an absolutely brilliant performance from Sean Penn, and worth a look due to that. The stoy itself, is a nice heartwarming story, which may cause even the hardest of hearts to soften.

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Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is a mentally-retarded adult with a seven-year-old daughter, Lucy, to look after. When Sam gets into trouble with the law, both for soliciting a prostitute and for child harassment, the authorities take Lucy away and place her in care. With the help of high-flying attorney Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), Sam then fights to regain custody; but when things go wrong in his new job, it looks like he might lose his daughter forever.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Sam Dawson (Penn) has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old and is obsessed with the Beatles. When the mother of his daughter abandons them 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 when Lucy intentionally holds back to avoid looking smarter than her father. The authorities take her away, and in protest 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.