I Am Sam | 2001

Drama
A mentally challenged man must fight the court system in order to reclaim his daughter whom he has raised since infancy.
Director: Jessie Nelson
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 1 win & 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Sam Dawson

Actor

... Rita Harrison

Actor

... Lucy Diamond Dawson

Actor

... Annie

Actor

... Margaret Calgrove

Actor

... Turner

Actor

... Randy Carpenter

Actor

... Doctor Blake

Actor

... Brad

Actor

... Joe

Actor

... Robert

Actor

... Ifty

Actor

Company

"Sam" Filmproductions

Production Company

AT&T Natural Voices

Production Company

Avery Pix

Production Company

Bedford Falls Company

Production Company

Big Boy Restaurants International

Production Company

Synopsis

Sam Dawson is a mentally-challenged father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of an extraordinary group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their situation comes under the scrutiny of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care. Faced with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam vows to fight the legal system and forms an unlikely alliance with Rita Harrison, a high-powered, self-absorbed attorney who initially takes his case pro bona as a challenge from her colleagues. On the surface the two couldn't be further apart, but in reality they are subtly similar. Sam's compulsive nature is mirrored in Rita's more socially acceptable obsessive-compulsive nature. Together they struggle to convince the system that Sam deserves to get his daughter back and, in the process, fuse a bond that results in a unique testament to the power of unconditional love.

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