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Simon Birch (1998)

A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.

Writers:

Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay), John Irving (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Mazzello ... Joe Wenteworth
Ashley Judd ... Rebecca Wenteworth
Oliver Platt ... Ben Goodrich
David Strathairn ... Rev. Russell
Dana Ivey ... Grandmother Wenteworth
Ian Michael Smith ... Simon Birch
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Hilde Grove
Jan Hooks ... Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll Cecilley Carroll ... Marjorie
Sumela Kay ... Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton Sam Morton ... Stuart
Jim Carrey ... Adult Joe Wenteworth
John Mazzello John Mazzello ... Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison Holly Dennison ... Mrs. Birch
Peter MacNeill ... Mr. Birch
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Storyline

Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen. Written by Thorpe89

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Taglines:

Destiny has big plans for little Simon Birch.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, emotional thematic elements, and an accident scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany See more »

Filming Locations:

Elora, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,321,370, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,252,684, 27 December 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A music video was released where Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is featured alongside the bus from the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the second baseball scene, Joe is sitting on the bench next to one character with the number 8 and Simon, who is on Joe's other side is also number 8. Two players on the same team would not be the same number. See more »

Quotes

Miss Leavy: The Star of Bethlehem is not a piñata!
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A fluid, graceful success-- enjoyable and uplifting
3 September 1999 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

Fantastic movie! I had avoided this one in the theaters last Fall because of the theme. Consider this movie in light of the other "suffering child" movie that came out around the same time, "Patch Adams." Bless those "Patch" folks, they really tried, but that movie was dense, depressing, and the characters were tedious if implausible. "Simon Birch," however, succeeded in every sense. It evoked the late 1950's and early 1960's very well. Not just the look of an American small town, but the vibe of the folks, especially the adults, rang very true for me (I was there, same age as the Joe character). The movie itself was wonderful to look at, and easy to lose one's self within.

The other key aspect of the movie was title character, Simon. When I first saw the previews for this, I thought that it could be good, but it could also be awkward and painful to watch. There is a place for painful and awkward movies, I suppose, but most often I choose to avoid them. When I rented the DVD of "Simon Birch," I was willing to watch, but was still expecting it to be somewhat of an ordeal, like taking bitter medicine. I was so surprised! It does convey the considerable pain of the characters' circumstances, yet it is also a story that is fluid with grace and tremendous joy. I was touched, and I was also happy and uplifted. The entire cast was stellar, especially the young boys who played Simon and Joe. Everyone was awesome. What an accomplishment! I gave it a 10.


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