Sam the Man

Overview

Before he broke out with the J.D. Salinger-esque Tadpole in 2002, producer-turned-director Gary Winick filmed this little-seen relationship drama. Fisher Stevens stars as the title character, a writer with one novel under his belt who can't seem to deliver the follow-up. Instead, he spends his time compulsively cheating on his photographer girlfriend, Cass (Annabella Sciorra); giving the runaround to his agent, Richard (Ron Rifkin); and trying to keep his landlord, Murray (Luis Guzman), at bay. Things take a turn...
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Overview

Before he broke out with the J.D. Salinger-esque Tadpole in 2002, producer-turned-director Gary Winick filmed this little-seen relationship drama. Fisher Stevens stars as the title character, a writer with one novel under his belt who can't seem to deliver the follow-up. Instead, he spends his time compulsively cheating on his photographer girlfriend, Cass (Annabella Sciorra); giving the runaround to his agent, Richard (Ron Rifkin); and trying to keep his landlord, Murray (Luis Guzman), at bay. Things take a turn for the worse when the husband of one of Sam's conquests (Maria Bello) confronts him, leaving Sam covered in hard-to-explain injuries. Soon, with the help of his barkeep brother, Lorenzo (Saverio Guerra), Sam is holding down a day job for the first time in years and reexamining every aspect of his life. After the success of Tadpole, the Independent Film Channel picked up Sam the Man for broadcast on cable television. The film's cast, filled with notable and lesser-known New York actors, includes George Plimpton, Griffin Dunne, and Rob Morrow.
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Special Features

Commentary from Fisher Stevens and director Gary Winick; Deleted scenes; Sam the Man featurette; Outtakes; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it failed to find cinematic distribution, this low-key, well-observed indie drama deserves the wider audience it received on cable television. Full of believable, bohemian Manhattanites spouting witty dialogue and engaged in wryly humorous situations, the film is short on melodrama and long on shrewd observations about human nature. The script often veers into outright cynicism, but its easy humor and essential intelligence leaven even its most bilious moments. Often underutilized elsewhere, Fisher Stevens makes a compelling anti-hero and Annabella Sciorra a wonderfully dignified wronged woman. Meanwhile, the absurdly rich supporting cast fills almost every scene with familiar faces and fine performances. The production values occasionally belie the film's modest budget, but inventive camera work -- as when a series of still photos that figure prominently in the plot are cleverly used to advance that plot -- demonstrates the care and craftsmanship with which director Gary Winick and his crew approached the project. A real treasure that lingered too long on the festivals-only circuit, Sam the Man offers further proof that Winick is a director to watch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • UPC: 767685964835
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 96,757

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fisher Stevens Sam
Annabella Sciorra Cass
Maria Bello
Griffin Dunne
Saverio Guerra Lorenzo
Luis Guzman Murray
Rob Morrow
George Plimpton
Ron Rifkin Richard
Technical Credits
Gary Winick Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Dinner Party [9:42]
2. Bed Talk [7:05]
3. Tensions [10:25]
4. Real Estate [6:21]
5. Money Trouble [9:22]
6. Room Service [11:31]
7. Lorenzo's Rules [8:28]
8. Waiting Tables [5:26]
9. Lunch With Max [5:58]
10. First Date [6:20]
11. Sam Carries On [2:44]
12. Credits [3:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Audio Commentary
         Listen to Audio Commentary From Fisher Stevens and Director Gary Winick.: On
         Listen to Audio Commentary From Fisher Stevens and Director Gary Winick.: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Pictures for Rent
         Cover Shoot
         Bowling
         Goodbye at Bowling Alley
         Not Working
      Sam the Man Featurette
      Outtakes
      DVD Credits
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