I am Sam

Release Date: December 25, 2001
Limited release

I am Sam

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It's widely agreed that Sean Penn is an excellent actor and it is no mystery that his attitude towards the AMPAS is why he has never received an Academy Award for any of his performances. This year, like many years before, Penn seems poised for another nomination, this time for his portrayal of Sam, a mentally challenged man who has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old child, in the film I Am Sam.

Originally titled Sam I Am, the story follows Sam in his fight to gain custody of his daughter after she is taken away from him by Social Services. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his lawyer whose life is changed through the experience of working for Sam.

Penn's role is exactly what Hollywood likes to give awards to. The mentally challenged character has been the focus of much attention from the Academy as it has a history of handing out the Oscar to male leads who take such roles. The list includes Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot), Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man), Geoffrey Rush (Shine), Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) and so on. The real question is whether the Academy will finally give the award to Penn.

That'll be hard to guess but it seems that the box office hope of I Am Sam rest on Oscar and critical buzz. Not to be ignored is Michelle Pfeiffer who has been in so many films and is such a staple in Hollywood that her performance might gain her a nomination as well. (Walid Habboub/BOP)

Vital statistics for I am Sam
Main Cast Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning
Supporting Cast Dianne Wiest, Loretta Devine, Richard Schiff, Laura Dern, Brad Silverman
Director Jessie Nelson
Screenwriter Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson
Distributor New Line Cinema
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://iamsammovie.com/
Rating PG-13
Running Time 132 minutes
Screen Count 1,450
Awards Awards page for I am Sam
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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