I Am Sam (2001)

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A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
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Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn

Crew: Jessie Nelson (Director), Elliot Davis (Director of Photography), John Powell (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 25 Jan 2002 (India), 28 Dec 2001 (United States)

Tagline: Love is all you need.

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Did you know? As preparation for his role, Sean Penn visited L A Goal, a center in Los Angeles for Mentally Handicapped persons. Read More
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as Rita Harrison Williams
as Sam Dawson
as Brad
as Shoe Salesman
as Rebecca
as Willy Harrison
as Lucy Diamond Dawson
as Principal
as Annie Cassell
as Ifty
as Estelle Dawson
as Nurse
as Starbucks Father
as Starbucks Customer
as Rita's Colleague
as Big Boy Waitress
as Cristina
as Judge Philip McNeily
as Gertie
as Davis
as Randy Carpenter
as Margaret Calgrove
as Patricia
as Dr Blake
as Conner Rhodes
as Dr Jaslow
as Booking Cop
as Sara
as Grace
as Cop at Park
as Bruce
as Turner
as Lily
as Starbucks Angry Man
as Duncan Rhodes
as Robert
as Collin
as Court Clerk
as Wright
as Bill Carpenter


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Associate Producer
Unit Production Manager


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Key Grip


Music Director
Music Editor
Music Assistant


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Art Director
Prop Master


Casting Director
Casting Associate


First Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Assistant Makeup Artist
Assistant Hair Stylist

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor


Stunt Double


Transportation Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Love is all you need.
Character Error
When Annie is teaching Sam when to feed Lucy and they are talking about what "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is about, Annie says "But John Lennon said, it was about a friend of his son Julian Lennon's from school - Lucy O'Connell". The real girl's name was "Lucy O'Donnell".

In the very beginning shot, when Sam is sorting sugar packets in the holders, he puts the brown "raw sugar" packets in front. When he is shown setting the holders on the tables, the brown packets are in the middle.

Factual Mistake
Credits list "starbucks barrister" instead of "barista".
As preparation for his role, Sean Penn visited L A Goal, a center in Los Angeles for Mentally Handicapped persons.

At the Foster Home, even though a perfectly good bed is available to Lucy, she sleeps in a hammock in the corner of her room, much like the crib Sam made for her.

Dakota Fanning's little sister, Elle Fanning played her at age 3.