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Sam (2015 film)

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Directed byNicholas Brooks
Produced byNicholas Brooks
John A. Gallagher
Sibyl Santiago
Written byNicholas Brooks
John A. Gallagher
Music byMartin Koch
CinematographyCalen Cooper
Edited byKala Mandrake
  • Sitting Cat Productions
  • Sam the Movie
Distributed byVision Films (2015) (worldwide)
Release date
  • April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)
(Nashville Film Festival)
  • September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)
(general release)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Sam is a 2015 American feature film directed by Nicholas Brooks as his directorial debut,[1] written by Nicholas Brooks and John J. Gallagher, and starring Natalie Knepp, Sean Kleier, Morgan Fairchild, and Brock Harris. It premiered at the Nashville Film Festival[2] on April 21, 2015 before a brief theatrical release in October 2016.[1] Distribution of the film came as part of an agreement with family film distributor Vision Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which released the film on DVD and VOD platforms.[3]


Sam (Brock Harris) is a womanizer who lives with his best friend Doc (Sean Kleier) in New York. While drunk in the street, Sam stumbles into a small shop. He is taken to the shopkeeper (Stacy Keach) and back home after receiving a mysterious drink. The next day, he wakes up as a woman (Natalie Knepp). Now as "Samantha", he begins to live uncomfortably– trying to adapt to his new life and reverse the sex change, while experiencing the same harassment that he used to give to women. His new life also brings developments in his relationships with his friend Doc and Cynthia.


  • Natalie Knepp ... Samantha
  • Sean Kleier ... Doc
  • Morgan Fairchild ... Lulu
  • Stacy Keach ... The Shopkeeper
  • James McCaffrey ... Seymour
  • Bryan Batt ... Alexander Blondell
  • Brock Harris ... Sam
  • Sarah Scott ... Cynthia
  • Tom Pelphrey ... Stephen
  • Joseph D'Onofrio ... Joey
  • Lucille Sharp ... Margaret
  • Allie Schulz ... Melissa
  • Samantha Scaffidi... Georgette
  • Sibyl Santiago ... Angie
  • Marilyn Sokol ... Ms. Goldfarb


The financing of the film was by Nicholas Brooks and his father, Mel Brooks.[1][4] The film was first premiered in 2015 at the Nashville Film Festival, AFI Fest[5] and SoHo International Film Festival.[6] In May 2016, Vision Films began to deal with international film sales at the Cannes Film Festival.[7]


The site sbccfilmreviews.org reviews highlighted: "The only reason this film made it in the festival was because the great Mel Brooks produced it. There is talent on screen, for sure, but it is wasted on a frustratingly formulaic script and awkward/bland cinematographic execution. Thanks to a mostly solid cast and satisfying third act, though, this won’t be the worst film you ever see."[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 McNary, Dave (September 24, 2016). "Nicholas Brooks' Comedy 'Sam' Scheduled for October Release". Variety.
  2. MM Editors (November 4, 2015). "Who's Behind the Camera?: AFI FEST 2015 Moviemakers on Favorite Recent Films, Festival Moments and Cameras". Moviemaker. Retrieved September 3, 2016.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. McNary, Dave (July 25, 2016). "Vision Films Allies With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment". Variety.
  4. Paula Bernstein (November 9, 2015). "Here's How the AFI FEST 2015 Filmmakers Funded Their Films". Indiewire. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  5. Thom Geier (October 26, 2015). "AFI Fest Adds Ridley Scott Conversation, Michael Caine's 'Youth'". The Wrap. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  6. "2015 SOHO INTL FILM FESTIVAL Kicks Off Today". Broadway World. May 14, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  7. Tom Grater (May 12, 2016). "Vision Films picks up Nicholas Brooks' 'Sam'". Screendaily. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  8. Prof. Nico Maestu (November 17, 2015). "Sam (Nicholas Brooks, 2015): USA". sbccfilmreviews.org. Retrieved July 30, 2016.

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