I Am Sam

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I Am Sam is a 2001 film about a man suffering from mental retardation and his struggle to gain custody of his mentally normal daughter with the help of his friends, neighbor and cold-hearted lawyer.

Written and directed by Kristine Johnson and Jessie Nelson.
All you need is love.

Rita Harrison Williams[edit]

  • Sam, I can go another nine rounds but you've got to let me in.

  • Somehow, I'll never be enough.

  • Objection! Motion to strike that from the record. It's clear that one's intellectual capacity has no bearing on their ability to love.

Lucy Diamond Dawson[edit]

  • All you need is love.


Social Worker: Lucy, your father is 1 hour and 45 minutes late. You only have a few minutes left.
Lucy: You can leave if you want to.

Rita: Now, Ms. Cossell, in all the time that you've known them, have you ever questioned Sam's ability as a father?
Annie: Never.
Rita: Never?
Annie: Never. Look at Lucy. She's strong. She displays true empathy for people, all kinds of people. I know that you all think she's as smart as she is despite him, but it's because of him.
Rita: So what you're saying is you don't worry about Lucy's future?
Annie: No, I do.
Rita: Ah...
Annie: I worry all the time. I worry if they take Lucy away from her father they will take away an enormous piece of her, and I worry that she will spend the rest of her life trying to fill that hole.

Sam: I need to get Lucy back. We need, we need - to be professional!
Rita: Do you know what that means?
Sam: When dealing with Starbucks' customers, 'be friendly but not familiar'. I can be your friend.

Lucy: Daddy, did God make you to be like this or was it an accident?
Sam: Okay, what do you mean?
Lucy: I mean you're different.
Sam: But what do you mean?
Lucy: You're not like other daddies.
Sam: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Yeah, I'm sorry.
Lucy: It's okay daddy. It's okay. Don't be sorry. I'm lucky. Nobody else's daddy ever comes to the park.
Sam: Yeah! yeah! yeah! We are lucky. Aren't we lucky?

Lucy: I won't read the word!
Sam: I'm your father and I'm telling you to read the word 'cause I can tell you to because I'm your father.
Lucy: I'm stupid.
Sam: You are not stupid!
Lucy: Yes, I am.
Sam: No, you are not stupid 'cause you can read that word.
Lucy: I don't wanna read it if you can't.
Sam: No, because it makes me happy! It makes me happy hearing you read. Yeah, it makes me happy when you're reading.
Lucy: [Lucy reads again]

Lucy: (while being observed) I want no other daddy but you. (turns to glass; shouts) Did you hear that? I said I didn't want any other daddy but him. Why don't you write that down?


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