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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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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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) (11 September 1998)


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sandra Bullock was, at one point, considered for the part of Rebecca Wenteworth. See more »


Joe and Simon are at the Police Station, the music playing is "Nowhere to Run" by Martha and the Vandellas, which was first released Feb 10, 1965. The film was based in 1964. See more »


Simon: I said, what does coffee and donuts have to do with God?
Rev. Russell: They're merely refreshments so people can socialize and talk about up coming events.
Simon: Who ever said church needs a continental breakfast?
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Referenced in Loser (2000) See more »


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Written by Ed Townsend
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
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User Reviews

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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