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Simon Birch (1998)

 -  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.

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Comedy | Drama

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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:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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

Miss Leavy: [reading off remaining roles for the Christmas play] ... Well, there's the shepherds, but they don't do much -
[Everyone's hands spring up instantaneously]
Adult Joe Wenteworth: [voicecover] Miss Leavy always tried to downplay the role of the shepherds, but we weren't fooled. We knew that all you had to do was stand there with a staff and try not to laugh at all the poor fools with speaking parts.
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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
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Please don't compare this to Irving's book...Excellent in itself!
12 March 2006 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

If you've read the book "A Prayer for Owen Meany", forget the book and see the movie on its own. I LOVED this movie! I can't recommend it enough. John Irving's genius characters show through, even though it is loosely based on the book. Please do not compare the wonderful book to this fantastic movie! Garp and Ciderhouse Rules are the best representations of his books. I thought Hotel New Hampshire stunk...Irving should have rejected that script and having anything to do with it. The movie is about Simon finding a purpose for his life, as a "special plan of God's". This is important to me, in that I feel everyone needs to search out their life's purpose, whether they believe in God or not. This movie helps us ponder this thought from a sickly dwarf child's point of view. A very special movie about a very special person. Jim Carrey plays the adult Joe, and narrates the movie. Grab a hanky.


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