Synopsis: Lamb, based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ross Partridge
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
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97 min

[soft instrumental music playing]

[indistinct chatter on radio]

Christ, it stinks in here, Dad.

Didn't I call someone last

week to clean this place up?

Are you sleeping down here?

The stairs are giving me a pain in the ass.

Yeah. Well, I told you you could call me.

We could bring the bed in here if you want.

- Did you get fired?

- No, I didn't get fired.

- Where's Cathy?

- She's not coming today.

Did she leave you?

Cathy's fine.

Your mother said she was fine, too.

Didn't stop her from walking off on us.

You can make yourself

somethin' decent to eat.

Something healthy.


And a little bit of gin.

Gin too much to ask for

a man dying alone here?

Hey, Dad.

I need to ask you something.

Leave me alone.

I got no answers.

[telephone ringing]

- [woman over phone] David.

- Hey, Linny.

[whispering] Listen, I

can't really talk very loudly

'cause Cathy's downstairs.

I heard at the office that Cathy kicked

you out and you're living in a motel.

Who said that?

That's not true. Who said that?


He's out of his mind. That is not true.


- Guess what?

- What?

I'm lying here naked.

Come on, David.


Tell me what you're wearing.

Do that thing that you do.

[Linny scoffs]


- Mm.

- One day, we go away together.

Keep talking.

Tell me. And?

There's sand.

A beach.

And we've made love all day long.


Say that thing that we do.

This is what we do.

Yeah. Say it again.

- It's okay. This is what we do.

- Hm.

[instrumental music playing]

[speaking indistinctly]



I'm supposed to ask you for a cigarette.

What was it, some kind of dare?

What grade are you in?

- Seven.

- They don't teach you anything?

This your idea?

- Whose was it?

- Syd's.

The tall one?

She in seventh grade, too?

We all are.

She looks older.

I know.

She always put you up to things like this?

I guess.

All right. Put it in your mouth.

A lady doesn't light her own cigarette.

What's in the purse?


I don't have any money.

I just buried my father.

You ever been to a wake?

You know, your friends are

over there, laughing at you.

You know that, don't you?

I'm gonna give you a little tip.

Something that you can hold on to forever.

- What?

- I'll even give you this whole pack of cigarettes.

In exchange, you let me play a

little trick on your friend, Syd.

Teach her a lesson for doing this to you.

What kind of trick?

Let's scare them.

Let's pretend I'm kidnapping you, okay?

I'm gonna march you over to my truck.

And you're not gonna scream.

You're just gonna look back at them

so they know you're afraid.

- What? No, I...

- I'm just gonna play a trick on your friends, okay?

- I'm not gonna hurt you. Come on.

- What...

Teaching a little bit of a lesson, right?

Come on.

Get up.

You should know better.

I could be taking you

somewhere to kill you right now.

Your friend should know better.

It was a very dumb thing for you to

do to be coming up to me like that.

Which way? Where do you live?


Look, I'm sorry.

I'm not a bad guy, but I could've been.

Maybe we should go inside and

tell your parents what happened.

Nobody's home.

You have any brothers or sisters?

You think your friends went into one of

the stores and told people what happened?



Yeah. Me neither.


[man] Knock, knock.



I'm really sorry about your dad.

He was a good guy.

A real son of a bitch.

You kinda made a mess of things here.

There's a great position for Linny.

I mean, don't wreck her career.

You put me in a hell of a spot.

Look, I'm sorry. I am.

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Ross Partridge

Ross Partridge (born February 26, 1968) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He has worked on a number of films produced by Kevin Spacey's production company Trigger Street Productions, including Interstate 84 as writer and director, which was shown at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, and the PBS documentary America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, narrated by Spacey.His most notable work is the 2015 adaptation of the book Lamb, which Partridge wrote, starred in and directed. He also had a recurring role in the first season of the critically acclaimed Netflix science fiction series, Stranger Things. more…

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