Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

Directing:
  • Jessie Nelson

Writing:
  • Jessie Nelson
  • Kristine Johnson

Stars:
Release Date: 2001-12-28
metacritic icon 7.1/10
themoviedb icon 7.2/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 132
  • Budget: $22,000,000
  • Revenue: $92,542,418
Sean Penn
Sean Penn
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Loretta Devine
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Margaret Calgrove
Marin Hinkle
Marin Hinkle
Patricia
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfei...
Rita Harrison Williams
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fannin...
Lucy Diamond Dawson
Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
Annie Cassell
Richard Schiff
Richard Schif...
Mr. Turner
Laura Dern
Laura Dern
Randy Carpenter
Stanley DeSantis
Stanley DeSan...
Robert
Doug Hutchison
Doug Hutchiso...
Ifty
Bobby Cooper
Bobby Cooper
George
Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning
Lucy (2 Years Old)
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenbur...
Dr. Blake
Eileen Ryan
Eileen Ryan
Estelle Dawson
Michael B. Silver
Michael B. Si...
Dr. Jaslow
Rosalind Chao
Rosalind Chao
Lily
Ken Jenkins
Ken Jenkins
Judge Philip McNeily
Wendy Phillips
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Miss Wright
Scott Paulin
Scott Paulin
Duncan Rhodes
Kimberly Scott
Kimberly Scot...
Gertie
Pamela Dunlap
Pamela Dunlap
Grace
Brent Spiner
Brent Spiner
Shoe Saleman
Kathleen Robertson
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Big Boy Waitress
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R. D. Call
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