I Am Sam script
I Am Sam (2001)
Synopsis: I Am Sam (stylized i am sam) is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with a developmental disability, Dakota Fanning as his 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.

We hear LIKE A LULLABY, "Picture yourself on a boat in a

river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies..."


Sam, holding the baby, and Becca, having just checked out,

walk down the steps of the hospital holding their

complimentary plastic baby bag. Sam is nervous haling the

precious cargo and Becca is agitated. They see the bus

pulling up and down the street and Sam moves quickly so they

can hurry and catch it. As he approaches the bus, he looks

to Becca by his side, but she is not there. He looks around

and no sign of her.

Frantically turning in a full circle, he sees the fabric of

her dress disappearing into the crowd down the street. He



Becca! Becca!

The more he screams the faster she moves away. Till there's

no trace of her. Sam stands in the middle of the busy block

holding Lucy to his chest, devastated.

We hear, "Look for the girl with the clouds in her eyes, but

she's gone."



Sam holds the now sleeping baby to his chest. Next to him is

the plastic bag from the hospital containing diapers, two

cans of formula and a half empty bottle of milk. Sam is

surrounded by PASSENGERS, the eerie world of the underground

at night. Instinctively, Sam holds her even tighter, two

against the world.


A marvel of organization. A closet reveals clothes on

hangers exactly equidistant from each other; precisely folded

T-shirts, underwear and socks organized by color. A

carefully systemized record collection fills makeshift


Beatles posters from every era decorate the walls. Becca's

things sit in one corner. An island of chaos in an "Hold

Everything" showroom. The kitchen counter has been

transformed into a changing table. Bottles and pacifiers

lined up next to a stack of cloth diapers. Underneath, a

clothes line of baby clothes.

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Kristine Johnson

Kristine Johnson (born June 5, 1972, in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines), is a co-anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City, New York, on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Maurice DuBois. more…

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