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I Am Sam (2001)

Coming Out at 4 January 2002 in theaters.


I Am Sam is drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with an intellectual disability, Dakota Fanning as his bright and inquisitive daughter, and Michelle Pfeiffer as his lawyer. Dianne Wiest, Loretta Devine, Richard Schiff, and Laura Dern appear in supporting roles.

Jessie Nelson and Kristine Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay, researched the issues facing adults with intellectual disabilities by visiting the non-profit organization L.A. GOAL (Greater Opportunities for the Advanced Living). They subsequently cast two actors with disabilities, Brad Silverman and Joe Rosenberg, in key roles.

For his new role as Sam, Penn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. The film launched the career of child actress Dakota Fanning, who was then seven years old and had only acted in two small roles. She became the youngest actress to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. The movie’s title is derived from the opening lines “I am Sam / Sam I am” of the book Green Eggs and Ham, which is read in the movie. The film received negative reviews from critics.

Director: Jessie Nelson

Writers: Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson

Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest, Loretta Devine, Richard Schiff, Laura Dern


Sean PennSam Dawson
Michelle PfeifferRita
Dakota FanningLucy
Dianne WiestAnnie
Loretta DevineMargaret Calgrove
Richard SchiffTurner
Laura DernRandy Carpenter
Brad SilvermanBrad
Joseph RosenbergJoe
Stanley DeSantisRobert
Doug HutchisonIfty
Rosalind ChaoLily
Ken JenkinsJudge McNeily
Wendy PhillipsMiss Wright
Mason LuceroConner Rhodes
Scott PaulinDuncan Rhodes
Bobby CooperGeorge
Kit McDonoughMs. Davis
Kimberly ScottGertie
Michael B. SilverDr. Jaslow
Caroline KeenanRebecca
Eileen RyanEstelle
Mary SteenburgenDr. Blake
Marin HinklePatricia
Chase MacKenzie BebakWilly
Rafer WeigelBruce
Emiko PariseNurse
Pamela DunlapGrace
Brent SpinerShoe Salesman
David Nathan SchwartzPrincipal
Kathleen RobertsonBig Boy Waitress
Karen BankheadRita’s Colleague
Janet AdderleyObnoxious Mom
Katie McGloinCristina
Steven MainesCollin
Dennis FanningVice Cop
David PoynterCafeteria Worker
R.D. CallCop at Park
John PaizisStarbucks Father
Russ FegaStarbucks Angry Man
Erinn GoletzStarbucks Barista
Julie ClaireStarbucks Customer
Marnie MartinStarbucks Woman
Tony AbatemarcoCourt Clerk
Will WallaceBill Carpenter
Scott WeintraubScarecrow
Nicholas MeleBooking Cop
Brian BialickBrian
Molly GordonCallie
Nora KroopfSara
Allison ThormahlenLucy Infant
Jillian ThormahlenLucy Infant
Ryan WilliamsLucy 6 Months
Felicity Ann ForbesLucy 18 Months
Makindra Sherry ForbesLucy 18 Months
Elle FanningLucy 2 Years
Amanda LehafLucy 4 Years
Greg BronsonDetective
Garrett FrayeBaby Lucy Dawson
Spencer GrayBaby Lucy Dawson
Roma MaffiaFirst Family Court Judge
Michael McElroy(voice)
Clara SoyoungGirl in Elevator
Jen TaylorWoman Chauffeur

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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