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Simon Birch (1998)

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


(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rev. Russell
Ian Michael Smith ...
Beatrice Winde ...
Hilde Grove
Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll ...
Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton ...
John Mazzello ...
Holly Dennison ...


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.


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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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,321,370 (USA) (13 September 1998)


$18,252,684 (USA) (27 December 1998)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Irving: the writer makes an uncredited appearance as Mr. Prescott, the butcher, seen sweeping the sidewalk in front of his shop during the scene when Simon and Joe are sitting on the local pharmacy steps eating ice cream and pondering who Joe's father might be. See more »


In the scene where both boys are in the school, just before breaking in Father's office, the dog is licking Simon's glasses, this leaves a wet smeared mark. In the next shot, the glasses are clear again. See more »


Joe: Jesus, Simon, you look like shit.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1998 (1999) See more »


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Its all about Faith
3 February 2002 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of people who will see this and probably not understand its message,but then again there are a lot of people who will see it and realize movies such as this come along very rarely.Simon Birch is a man within a boys body with a specific purpose and a simple message for mankind.You see,Simon is a little different from other boys his age,but then again,so was all of God's chosen.He's a little of all of us to be sure,yet he has one thing that few have.Simon is blessed with unmoving,solid as the rock its founded on FAITH.Nothing anyone says or does will change this.He will be picked on,poked,prodded,and teased but this fact will ever remain.The brotherly love that bonds Simon and his best friend will remind you of times long thought forgotten and memories you will treasure always.Its rare indeed that a movie will make you laugh,cry,and otherwise feel that true love for life and mankind exists in this world as it is today.This movie is that special.Just like Simon.

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