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Simon (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | February 1980 (USA)
A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet.

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Marshall Brickman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Simon Mendelssohn
Madeline Kahn ... Dr. Cynthia Mallory
Austin Pendleton ... Dr. Carl Becker
Judy Graubart ... Lisa
William Finley ... Fichandler
Jayant Jayant ... Barundi
Wallace Shawn ... Eric Van Dongen
Max Wright ... Leon Hundertwasser
Fred Gwynne ... Maj. Gen. Korey
Adolph Green ... Commune Leader
Keith Szarabajka ... Josh
Ann Risley ... Pam
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ... Military Aide
Roy Cooper Roy Cooper ... General's Aide
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... Army Doctor
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A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet. Written by Volker Boehm

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He loves you. Do what he says.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon, der Außerirdische See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Meryl Streep turned down the part of Dr. Cynthia Mallory. See more »

Goofs

This film was made in 1980, a year before the first space shuttle launched. The filmmakers had no idea what the actual shuttle launch sequence would be, and it shows: Technicians on the pad only minutes before launch, no technicians near the crew hatch as the astronaut entered the shuttle, the shuttle interior layout all wrong, no 6-second main engine firing before launch, etc, let alone why NASA would launch this shuttle in the first place. See more »

Quotes

Simon's mother: They need help, son. I want you to save the world.
Prof. Simon Mendelssohn: Save the world? I can't even get a regular checking account, Ma!
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References Phyllis (1975) See more »

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Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
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Wacky, intelligent, and wonderfully funny! A refreshing, unique surprise~
5 October 2006 | by GwendylanSee all my reviews

Alan Arkin does love mind-bender roles, doesn't he?, and this gem was a virtual playground for him!

The players are all top-notch, and it's never dull for a moment.. but to explain it... hmm, wow.. well, it's really a film you have to judge for yourself..

It's very much like Woody Allen's "Sleeper", which I could watch all day long and still laugh as if I'd never experienced it before! And also herein are wisps of Arkin's most well known work, "Catch-22", in that it does deal with the mind and all its weird wacky wonders!

It's a sort of surreal fun romp, that takes you on one velly intellesting ride.. the scenarios are all hilarious, and it's a must-see for anyone who loves Alan Arkin, Austin Pendleton, and especially (Woody)Allenesque films, that take you just a bit to the left of the center of reality~ ..Ah, but then, that's trying to describe it, and again I recommend that you find it if you can, (I believe it has been put to DVD now), and experience it for yourself, because I would be hard-pressed to whittle it down to a simple description myself!

It's a screeeam, it's got a fabulous cast, and it's got a heck of a lot of phenomenal writers and creators behind it..

A highly underrated classic! . . . Do yourself a favor and see it! :)


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