• Publication date: April 30, 2014

I Am Sam

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Sam Dawson is a beautiful human being. He has the mental capacities of a 7-year old though and works at a Starbucks, and is obsessed with The Beatles and their music. When he has a child with a homeless woman who splits on him and the baby, he names the baby girl Lucy Diamond after the Beatles song. Yet when the state builds a case that Sam is no longer good for Lucy, he gets a famous lawyer to present his case pro bono, and teaches everyone that 'love is all you need'...

Program data

Duration: 150

Production Year: 2001

MBC Max:

September 13, 2014 18:00 (KSA) ~ September 13, 2014 17:00 (CLT)

Sam Dawson is a beautiful human being. Sam (played by Sean Penn and eliciting an Oscar nomination) has the mental capacities of a 7-year old though and works at a Starbucks wiping down tables, and is obsessed with The Beatles and their music.

When he fathers a child with a homeless woman who splits on him and the baby, he names the baby girl Lucy Diamond after the Beatles song. With loving support and kindness of friends and his neighbor (Dianne Wiest) he takes care of Lucy (Dakota Fanning) to the best of his ability. But when Lucy becomes 7 herself, she purposely slows herself down in school so as not to outshine Sam or make him feel or look impaired. So when the state builds a case that Sam is no longer good for Lucy, he gets a famous lawyer (Michelle Pfeiffer) to present his case pro bono, and in the meantime teaches all who would listen- that 'love is all you need'...

Starring:

  • Sean Penn
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Dianne Wiest
  • Loretta Devine
  • Richard Schiff
  • Laura Dern

Directed by:  Jessie Nelson

Rating:  PG-13  for language.