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


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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.


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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  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,321,370 (USA) (11 September 1998)


$18,252,684 (USA) (25 December 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Author John Irving doubted his novel, "A Prayer for Owen Meany", could ever be turned into a film, and sold the screen rights on the condition it not be released under the same name as his book. Irving himself provided the name Simon Birch for the producers to use in place of Owen Meany. See more »


When the reverend is outside speaking to the Sunday school teacher before the Christmas play, he has a ring on in one scene but not the next. See more »


Simon: I'm a miracle you know.
Joe: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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Totally Awesome And A Very Touching Well Made Movie !
6 September 2004 | by (Worthing, England) – See all my reviews

This film is by far one of the most moving, well filmed and acted films I have seen in many years. The touching story shows the life of young Simon played perfectly by Ian Michael Smith in a very small, and not always understanding community. It is set beautifully in the 1950s and shows how the inner strength and enormous faith shown by such a little boy afflicted with so many physical problems can have such an influence on those around him along with the respect he would command amongst his piers. The film also stars well known child actor Joseph Mazzello who plays Joe Wenteworth ( Simon's best friend.) Mazzello also starred in Jurassic Park, The River Wild, The Curse etc I think this was Joseph's finest performance yet. It was also very nice to see a cameo performance by Jim Carrey as the grown up Joe, and to see how Jim can be a very convincing serious actor too ! I would like to see more roles of this type from Jim for maybe the years to come ?

The photography was so well executed, and showed such lovely changing seasons through the year it was set. For me there were so many 'post card 'scenes. The pop songs of the 50s used blended perfectly with the film, and also had one of the most lovely and very memorable soundtracks too written by Marc Shaiman.

I must recommend this film to all who have not yet seen it. It scores a 10 on the 'weepie' scale too so be warned !!

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