The movie I am Sam is a drama about that challenges that a mentally handicapped father is forced to face. The main character in the movie (Sam) is abandoned by the mother of their child and is forced to become a single parent. Thankfully Sam is blessed with an elderly and helpful neighbor who assists in occasionally raising the child and providing parenting tips. Sam’s intelligence is at the level of a seven year old child which was fun for his daughter when she was young. But as she grew older, Lucy, felt guilty for being smarter than her father and would find ways to “hold herself” back from school and learning. Due to Sam’s inability to properly care for his daughter and after much debate in court, Lucy is assigned to a foster family where Sam is able to visit as much as he pleases but is no longer the primary care taker. I found this movie to be very emotional and intriguing. Through this film I was able to see what it’s like for a mentally disabled being to be a parent and how they have to struggle with work and childcare just like others. I was moved by the way Sam interacted with Lucy and was able to play with her just like one of her kid friends. I learned that those with mentally disabilities are capable of loving their children as much if not more than other parents. Although Sam wasn’t not able to provide for Lucy and meet her every need, he loved her unconditionally and would stop at no end to get her back. Through this film I also realized how being belittled can affect one with a mental disability. Because of what I saw in this film, I will be sure to constantly…
David Berkowitz ‘Son of Sam’
Born Richard David Falco, he was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz when he was only a few days old. David Berkowitz was an intelligent but troubled child growing up. He had a close relationship with his mother, he suffered from depression after her death when he was a teenager. When Berkowitz turned 18, he joined the U.S. Army. In 1974, Berkowitz left the Army and returned home to New…
July 10, 2013
Sam Walton: Made in America
The story of Sam Walton is an epic one. And after reading his story you would understand why he had to be the one to tell it. As the founder of Wal-Mart there is a lot to be said for his business strategies and the decisions that he made over the years. One does not build a multi-billion dollar corporation without hard work and doing some tremendous things right over the years. The book is entitled Sam Walton, but in fact should have…
Walmart is the world’s largest and most powerful company with the highest
sales and operating profit of any retailer. Its success began in early 1960s when Sam Walton opened his first store in Rogers, Arkansas. Walton’s business philosophy was based on lower prices than anywhere else, “respect for individual, service to our customers and striving for excellence”. He also believed in providing a superb service to his customers, giving them…
Dianna Weist, Loretta Devine, Richard Schiff, Laura Dern, Brad J. Silverman, Joseph Rosenberg, Stanley DeSantis.
Running time: 2 hours. 12 minutes
Director: Jessie Nelson
Rating: PG 13
In this drama packed film stars Sean Penn as Sam Dawson, who is a developmentally disabled adult who at the time is earning a living by working at a small Starbucks serving coffee and is raising his seven year old daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) who were both abandoned by the homeless mother as soon…
because a while before this event was the departure of Soldier Sam, which left only two members to work at the Meeker tavern.
While their father was imprisoned and taken far away, their oldest son, Sam, looked as if he was supporting the wrong side. Sam was a Patriot, or a soldier who was fighting for the colonies’ freedom; and because he was a Patriot, he had been deployed and was in the Revolutionary War itself. As a soldier, Sam had a high-ranked general as his commander. This general, whose…
September 3 2014
In the film, “Cathedral”, a couple are having a guest over to the house. This man is a old friend of the wife’s and just happens to be blind. The three spend the night together, having dinner, talking, drinking, and smoking dope. Yes, they were smoking dope. The husband, who is also the narrator, was not so optimistic about his wife having her blind friend stay with them. He thought that blind people all had dark sunglasses and white…
April 22, 2010
“Sam Patch’s Leap into the Great Divide”
“Some things can be done as well as others”, the famous line of Sam Patch became a well-known saying amongst U.S. citizens especially Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democrats (Johnson, 163). Sam Patch was many things in his lifetime from a famous falls jumper to a destitute mill worker to also the first American-born boss spinner. He however was viewed different amongst social groups in America. The common folk and Jeffersonian…
Critical Review: I Am Sam
The movie, I am Sam, is the portrayal of a mentally retarded single parent struggling to maintain custody of his normal intelligence daughter. Within his circle of acquaintances are four special needs adults who are his close friends and two normal intelligence adults who exhibit disordered behavior. The writers, Kristin Johnson and Jessie Nelson, spent months researching and observing developmentally disabled adults in order to provide an accurate representation of the…
States was in a transformation from the Jeffersonian vision of an agricultural nation, into Alexander Hamilton’s vision of an industrial America. The book Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper gives a good idea of what America was like during the Early Republic period. The industrial life would turn America into a country that is dependent on the work of manufactories.
Sam Patch came from a long family history of farming and shoemaking. His father Mayo Greenleaf Patch, married into a wealthy family after…
relationship with each other. Individuals with disabilities have always been present in society, although they experienced exclusion and not recognised as a “normal” person. In terms of sport, mentally retarded persons were thought to not understand the rules of the sport and therefore were left out. Physically disabled were thought of not having the ability to participate and therefore they were excluded from sport participation.
In earlier times, a disability was defined as a person with a physical…