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Josh and S.A.M. (1993)

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Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that ... See full summary »

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Billy Weber

Writer:

Frank Deese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Tierney ... Josh
Noah Fleiss ... Sam
Martha Plimpton ... Alison
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Thom Whitney
Joan Allen ... Caroline
Chris Penn ... Derek Baxter
Maury Chaykin ... Pizza Man
Ronald Guttman ... Jean-Pierre
Udo Kier ... Salon Manager
Sean Baca Sean Baca ... Curtis Coleman
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Leon Coleman
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Ellen Coleman
Ann Hearn ... Teacher
Christian Clemenson ... Policeman
Allan Arbus ... Businessman on Plane
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Storyline

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and that Canada is a safe haven for any S.A.M. unwilling to fight. The cross-country journey begins when the 2 boys think they killed a drunk and steal his car en route to Canada where they encounter The Liberty Maid. Will Josh & S.A.M. make it to Canada or will they wish they should have never left home. Written by Ryan Harder <hotshotharder@hotmail.com>

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Why run away from home when you can drive?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for kids in jeopardy | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuga em Grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Arches National Park, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$800,469, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:

$1,640,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,640,220
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Editor Billy Weber. As of 2015, it remains the only film he ever directed. See more »

Goofs

The Kotex on Sam's forehead appears and disappears between shots when they are sleeping at the grain elevator, and theb re-appears in the car. See more »

Quotes

Curtis: Did Josh really kill a guy?
Sam Whitney: Dad is trying to cover for him, but I saw him. He beat him over the head with a pool stick he was so mad.
Leon: What was he so mad about?
Sam Whitney: The guy called him a homo.
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Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Vesti La Giubba
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performed by Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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Predictable, but, watchable coming of age story about 2 brothers messed around by their parents
10 November 2005 | by fergusgSee all my reviews

This is a light-hearted coming of age story that manages to succinctly weave the dark undercurrents of bad parenting into the mini-adventure. Centered around 2 siblings, Josh & Sam is a very charming and watchable family film peppered with some good, funny moments, that should raise a chuckle or two.

Constantly being shipped from back and forth, between their divorced parents, takes it's toll on Josh and Sam and eventually reaches breaking point when their mum decides to marry and live in France for a year with a French guy. Leaving them with no option but living with their father and his new family. For Simpson fans, their fathers character bears an uncanny resemblance to Ned Flanders without the moustache. You're just waiting for him to say okily-dokily.

The older of the two siblings invents an outlandish story and persuades his younger brother, whose character was brilliantly delivered by Noah Fleiss, to go on the run together heading for the "sanctuary" of Canada to avoid been sent to Africa as a child warrior. Of course the younger Sam swallows the story hook, line and sinker and off they go meeting up with the, exceedingly delicious Libert Maid, Alison (Martha Plimpton) along the way.

Josh & Sam reminds me of the Irish movie called "Into the West" which managed to weave some old Irish myths and legends into the story. Both are charming and both are watchable. Both are not the sort of films that I would pick out of a a rental store shelf, but, if you stumble across them on TV both have great child acting performances. Both Tierney and Fleiss carry this with a little help from Martha Plimpton.


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