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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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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 »

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Trivia

Jan Hooks (Ms. Leavey) and Jim Carrey (Adult Joe Wentworth) have both previously appeared in Burton/Schumacher Batman movies. Hooks had a cameo as Jen, one of Max Schreck's (Christopher Walken) image consultants in Tim Burton's Batman Returns and Carrey played Dr. Edward Nygma/The Riddler in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. Writer and Director Mark Steven Johnson wrote Jack Frost (1998) which starred Batman actor Michael Keaton and five years later would go on to write and direct Daredevil (2003) which is based on the Marvel superhero. Daredevil (2003) also starred Ben Afleck who is now going to star as Batman in Batman Vs. Superman (2016). See more »

Goofs

A shot at 83:52 shows the door of the bus being closed but the next shot (at around 56 mins) shows the door open. See more »

Quotes

Simon: I look like a burn victim.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1998 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All Right
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Really good movie, very little flaws.
16 April 2000 | by CowmanSee all my reviews

There was something that compelled me to see this movie. I don't know what it was, maybe subliminal messages in the TV ads or something. After all, why would I watch a movie like this when some of my favorite films are "Blood Sucking Freaks", "Nekromantik", and "Cutting Moments"?

Anyhow, I eventually rented this movie and watched it, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. The story was very well acted, well written, and tear-jerking.

Sure, there were a FEW flaws, which was why I rated it with an "8", such as some ridiculous, unrealistic plot twists, and the film's attempt to be TOO upsetting. It was like the director/writer said "All right. We're gonna make this film for the sole purpose of having our viewers cry, dammit! And we're not just gonna have 'em cry once, we're gonna MAKE them cry THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE MOVIE! And they're gonna like it, dammit!" (Not that I cried THIS much, but you can tell they obviously tried.)

All in all, a good film that shouldn't be avoided.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,321,370, 13 September 1998

Gross USA:

$18,253,415

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,253,415
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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