Simon Birch (1998)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 September 1998 (USA)
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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.


Comedy | Drama

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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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 »


The fateful Christmas in question is in December 1964, but a news item on the radio reports a speech given by President Kennedy, killed a year earlier. See more »


Simon: You're already a bastard. Might as well be an enlightened one.
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Referenced in Action: Twelfth Step to Hell (1999) See more »


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Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
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A very good, bittersweet film
26 November 2004 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I have watched the movie twice, once with my wife and once with my children.

It is a great movie and totally undeserving of some of the juvenile comments posted here.

It is a story of a 12 year old extremely undersized boy who is a freak to many, a best friend to another and ends up being a hero. All through the movie he talks of God having a plan for him and that his small stature is a part of that plan.

Don't compare it to the book it is "suggested" from. Neither does justice to the other.

Don't miss it.

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