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Simon Birch (1998)

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

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast

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Ben Goodrich
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Grandmother Wenteworth
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Beatrice Winde ...
Hilde Grove
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Cecilley Carroll ...
Marjorie
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Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton ...
Stuart
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John Mazzello ...
Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison ...
Mrs. 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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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,321,370, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,252,684, 27 December 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The baseball uniforms the boys wore were the same uniforms worn by the rival team in The Sandlot. The team was called the Tigers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Adult Joe Wenteworth: When someone you love dies, you don't lose them all at once. You lose them in pieces over time, like how the mail stops coming. What I remember most to this day was my mother's scent and how I hated it when it began to disappear. First from her closets, then from her dresses she had sewn herself and then finally from her bedsheets and pillow cases. Simon and I never talked much about that day on the baseball field. It was too painful for both of us. For as much as I loved my mother, I knew that...
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1999 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere to Run
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas
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Really good movie, very little flaws.
16 April 2000 | by See 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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