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"I am Sam" Movie Review


1. Movie Title
     I Am Sam

2. Year of Production
     2001 (Theatrical) ? 2002 (Home Video)

3. Feature Length
     134 Minutes

4. Director
     Jessie Nelson

5. Producers and Studio
     Director/Producer Jessie Nelson, Executive Producer David Scott Rubin & Producers Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Solomon.
     New Line Home Entertainment

6. Major Character Cast
     Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn
     Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer
     Lucy Diamond Dawson played by Dakota Fanning

7. Brief Synopsis
     Mentally disabled Sam Dawson is a single father fighting to keep custody of his daughter Lucy with the help of his pro-bono lawyer, Rita Harrison.

11. Comparative Information
     The movie portrays Sam Dawson as a mentally deficient parent. The closest the movie, and any resource on it, came to giving an actual diagnosis of his condition is given by a judge in the film stating ?? you have the mental capacity of a 7 year old.? This movie revolves around Sam fighting for the right to raise his daughter beyond the age of 7. The film also has many sociological aspects that correspond to Sam and his daughter, Lucy?s relationship as well as the effects on them separately.
     In the large amount of legal proceedings Sam goes through in the movie, I expected to hear a formal diagnosis or at least a technical term for Sam?s mental capabilities, but there was none. Some of the symptoms portrayed...


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