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Life According to Sam (2013)

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

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Sean Fine, Andrea Nix (as Andrea Nix Fine)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Sam Berns Sam Berns ... Himself
Leslie Gordon Leslie Gordon ... Herself
Scott Berns Scott Berns ... Himself
Francis Collins ... Himself (archive footage)
Audrey Gordon Audrey Gordon ... Herself
Sumaria Sumaria ... Herself
Priya Priya ... Herself
Niccolo Niccolo ... Himself
Sammy Sammy ... Himself
Megan Megan ... Herself
Devin Devin ... Himself
Zoe Zoe ... Herself
Dave Matthews ... Himself
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'Life According to Sam' is about one family's courageous fight to save their only son from a rare and fatal disease, progeria. The average age of death from progeria is 13, there is no treatment, and no cure. Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns are set on changing this. When their son Sam, now 16 years old, was diagnosed with progeria at age two, doctors told Leslie and Scott to enjoy Sam while they could. They refused to believe this was the answer. In less than a decade, their advances have led to identifying the gene at fault, creating the first drug trials for treatment, and revealing the amazing discovery that progeria is linked to the aging process in all of us. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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The Greatest Superhero Movie I've Ever Seen
26 June 2019 | by pere-25366See all my reviews

Because ever single person in this story is as much a superhero as any character I've ever seen on-screen before. Whether it's Sam, his parents, all of the children we meet, their parents; there's a fervent focus and persistence to living life to the fullest and finding lemonade in the sourest of lemons life has to offer, moving you in inexplicable ways. Scott and Leslie, the parents of Sam, are truly saints and the latter's dedication to finding a cure is simply breathtaking. Above all, it really just infuriates you how something so cruel like progeria could ever exist.

I wish I had the opportunity to meet Sam, who sadly passed away a year after the film's release. He seemed like a genuinely awesome person who just wanted to enjoy life and all of its simplest pleasures. He inspires me to want to live everyday to the fullest and I hope anyone who hasn't seen this documentary does, if just to get to know this wonderful human being.


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