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My Magical Friend Sams (Sams in Gefahr)

My Magical Friend Sams
Scene from "My Magical Friend Sams" (photo © Constantin Film)

What's a SAMS? Why, a Simply Adorable and Magical Sprite, of course!

Martin is a shy 11-year-old, an outsider who has no friends. To make matters worse, Martin is continually harassed by his mean gym teacher who embarrasses and humiliates him in front of the entire class. Even though his father, who works as a technical advisor in the school, passes out invitations to Martin's birthday party, no classmates show up. It's just Martin and his parents and the big empty room. But all this is about to change…

Quickly finding the small, potion-filled bottle on a bathroom shelf, his Dad mixes a few drops in his glass, drinks it…and like a colorful whirlwind of energy…WHHOOOOSH! The Sams is there! Now Martin has a real friend, and a magical one at that! Small and impish, full of mischief and topped with fuzzy red hair, the Sams talks in funny rhymes and has a face full of blue magical freckles, each one worth one wish! But there are only so many freckles... and crazy side effects that come with every new batch!

After a flurry of hilarious "wishtakes", Martin quickly learns how to wish with precision, and armed with his enchanting new companion he begins a wild escapade of magic-making that wins him lots of new friends, good grades in school…and unfortunately, the greedy attention of his obnoxious and conniving gym teacher.

Then suddenly the Sams is gone! And all at once, strange things start to happen: The gym teacher becomes school principal, suddenly has a new dream car and a beautiful villa…he's also somehow captured the heart of the gorgeous math teacher. Worst of all, Martin is kicked out of school and his dad gets fired! There's only one possibility…the gym teacher must have kidnapped the Sams and is deviously using his freckled powers!

Everything seems to be lost, but Martin is stubbornly determined, magic or no magic, to go in search of his caring friend. It might be difficult, but where there's a Sams, there's a way!


Ben Verbong studied at the Amsterdam Film and TV Academy from 1970-1974. His films include: DER SKORPION (1984), LILY WAS HERE (1989), HOUSE CALL (1996), SCHOCK - EINE FRAU IN ANGST (1998), KINDER DER GEWALT (1999), LIEBER, BOESER WEIHNACHTSMANN (1999), THE SLURB (DAS SAMS, 2001), HANNA - WO BIST DU? (2001), MY MAGICAL FRIEND SAMS (SAMS IN GEFAHR, 2003), MR. WOOF (HERR BELLO, 2007), LIKE IT OR NOT! (OB IHR WOLLT ODER NICHT!, 2008), and THE TRAPP FAMILY – A LIFE OF MUSIC (2015).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Ben Verbong
Screenplay Ulrich Limmer, Paul Maar
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Alexander Berner
Nicola Piovani
Frank Polosek
Cast Ulrich Noethen, Christine Urspruch, Dominique Horwitz, Eva Mattes, Jasmin Tabatabai, Armin Rohde, Ina Weisse
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Production Companies Collina Filmproduktion/Munich, Constantin Film Produktion
Length 101 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Houston 2005
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2003 for Best Children's Film
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA)
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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