Movie Premiere Press Release - I Am Sam



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Press Release

SOURCE: New Line Cinema

UPDATE: Los Angeles Premiere for I AM SAM - Monday, December 3, 2001

WHAT: The film tells the compelling story of Sam Dawson (Sean Penn),

a mentally-challenged father raising his daughter Lucy

  • (Dakota Fanning) with the help of an extraordinary group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their situation comes to the attention of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care.
  •                Faced with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam vows to fight the
                   legal system and forms an unlikely alliance with Rita Harrison
                   (Michelle Pfeiffer), a high-powered, self-absorbed attorney who
                   takes his case pro bono as a challenge from her colleagues.
                   Together they struggle to convince the system that Sam deserves
                   to get his daughter back and, in the process, fuse a bond that
                   results in a unique testament to the power of unconditional
        WHO:       From the film: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning,
                   Laura Dern, Richard Schiff, Loretta Devine, Mary Steenburgen,
                   Kathleen Robertson, writer/director/producer Jessie Nelson,
                   producers Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and Richard Solomon
                   and writer Kristine Johnson.
                   Guests: David Blaine, Jackson Brown, Naomi Campbell,
                   Don Cheadle, Ted Danson, Larry David, Benicio Del Toro,
                   Jakob Dylan, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ben Harper, Dule Hill,
                   Allison Janney, Lawrence Kasdan, Diane Keaton, Christine Lahti,
                   Matt LeBlanc, Aimee Mann, Amanda Peet, Chris Penn,
                   Michael Penn, Brett Ratner, Caroline Rhea, Charlotte Ross,
                   Meg Ryan, Elie Samaha, Tommy Schlamme, Lin Shaye,
                   Lauren Shuler Donner, David Spade, John Spencer,
                   Harry Dean Stanton, Hunter S. Thompson, Lars Ulrich,
                   Rita Wilson, Robin Wright Penn, Hans Zimmer,
                   and more to follow ...
        WHEN:      Monday, December 3, 2001
                   Press Check-In: 5:45 pm  Arrivals: 6:30 pm  Screening: 7:00 pm
        WHERE:     Screening:     Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences
                                  8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
                            TV & PHOTO COVERAGE IS INVITED
                               **Credentials Required**
        To RSVP and for additional information please contact Melinda Hovee at
                    (310) 967-6972, or Grace Niu at (310) 967-6985
                                       I AM SAM
                          Opens in LA & NY December 28, 2001
                          Opens nationwide January 11, 2002

    SOURCE: New Line Cinema

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