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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Cynthia Mallory
Jayant ...
Leon Hundertwasser
Maj. Gen. Korey
Pierre Epstein ...
Military aide
Roy Cooper ...
General's aide
Rex Robbins ...
Army doctor


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.


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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February 1980 (USA)  »

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Enas trellos... ma ti trellos!  »

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


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 »


Commune leader: And Miltie begat Lucy who begat Mary who spun off Rhoda who spun off Phyllis.
Commune members: Amen.
Commune leader: And after seven years, Mary was cancelled. And after ten years, Lucy was cancelled. Yea, even after twelve years was Uncle Miltie cancelled. Thus, are we all cancelled eventually.
Commune members: Mmm good, mmm good. That's what Campbell's Soups are, mmm good.
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Referenced in K-PAX (2001) See more »

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Unique Offbeat Comedy
22 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I remember being very impressed with "Simon" when I saw it on a cable. But that was more than 20 years ago. What I remember was that the humor was clever and offbeat. It wasn't goofy, just weird and fun. There is a similarity to Woody Allen's "Sleeper" and I would also place film like "The President's Analyst" in the this category. Whether it was funny or not, I don't recall. But it doesn't really matter. There are many comedies that are extremely entertaining but not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny.

Of all the films that are not available on DVD, this is near the top of my want list (along with another Alan Arkin film, "The Seven Percent Solution". I'm curious to see what I'd think of it now. The 9 star vote I've given it is based on my memory. Hopefully, when I see it again, it will hold up.

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