About Schmidt/I Am Sam [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • About Schmidt: 9 deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • DVD-ROM content
  • and More!
  • Widescreen version of the film
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • DTS surround sound
  • Stereo surround sound
  • English subtitles and closed captions
  • Spanish subtitles
  • I Am Sam:
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Filmmaker commentary featuring director/co-screenwriter Jessie Nelson
  • Original documentary: Becoming Sam
  • Deleted/alternate scenes with optional director commentary
  • Theatrical press kit
  • Script-to-screen
  • Link to original website
  • Hot spot
  • Closed Captioned


I Am Sam
Sean Penn stars in this drama as Sam Dawson, a developmentally disabled adult who has been working at a coffee shop and raising his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) for seven years. Sam receives help in his parenting duties from a circle of trusted confidantes, including his ADD-afflicted best friend Ifty (Doug Hutchison), the paranoid Robert (Stanley DeSantis), an agoraphobic neighbor (Dianne Wiest), and his other disabled pals, Brad and Joe (played by real-life developmentally challenged actors Brad Silverman and Joseph Rosenberg). Although he provides a structured and loving environment for Lucy that includes regular visits to IHOP, video nights, and karaoke, Sam's daughter is beginning to surpass him in mental acuity. When Lucy begins intentionally stunting her own growth so as not to hurt her beloved father, social worker Margaret (Loretta Devine) takes action, removing the girl from her home and placing her in the temporary care of a foster mother, Randy (Laura Dern). As the day of his hearing looms, Sam seeks out the aid of driven, obsessive lawyer Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), who takes the case only to prove to her colleagues that she is willing to accept pro bono work. Opposed by county lawyer Turner (Richard Schiff) in court, Rita gradually comes to care for her client and his daughter, even as they force her to consider the limitations of her own abilities as a parent. The soundtrack for I Am Sam (2001) gained considerable critical attention, consisting entirely of Beatles cover songs by such contemporary artists as The Black Crowes, Eddie Vedder, the Wallflowers, and Aimee Mann, among others. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

About Schmidt
Jack Nicholson plays retiring insurance actuary Warren Schmidt in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Schmidt has settled into a dormant life. He has an unfulfilling marriage to Helen (June Squibb), and conspires to spend as much time away from her as possible. Schmidt's daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is engaged to Randall Hertzel (Dermot Mulroney), a man Schmidt believes is entirely unworthy of his daughter. When Helen unexpectedly dies, Warren is adrift until he discovers old love letters sent to his wife from his best friend. This inspires Warren to make a valiant effort to stop his daughter's wedding. His plans start to go awry when he meets Randall's extroverted mother, Roberta (Kathy Bates). About Schmidt was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where many were surprised that Nicholson did not take home the Best Actor award. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sean Penn
    Sean Penn - Sam Dawson
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
    Michelle Pfeiffer - Rita Harrison
  • Dakota Fanning
    Dakota Fanning - Lucy
  • Dianne Wiest
    Dianne Wiest - Annie
  • Loretta Devine
    Loretta Devine - Margaret Calgrove
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