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Writers (WGA):
Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay)
John Irving (novel) (suggestion)
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Release Date:
11 September 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Destiny has big plans for little Simon Birch.
Plot:
A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Totally Awesome And A Very Touching Well Made Movie ! See more (219 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Mazzello ... Joe Wenteworth

Ashley Judd ... Rebecca Wenteworth

Oliver Platt ... Ben Goodrich

David Strathairn ... Rev. Russell

Dana Ivey ... Grandmother Wenteworth
Ian Michael Smith ... Simon Birch
Beatrice Winde ... Hilde Grove

Jan Hooks ... Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll ... Marjorie

Sumela Kay ... Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton ... Stuart

Jim Carrey ... Adult Joe Wenteworth
John Mazzello ... Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison ... Mrs. Birch

Peter MacNeill ... Mr. Birch
Addison Bell ... Dr. Wells
Roger McKeen ... Coach Higgins
Sean McCann ... Chief Al Cork

John Robinson ... Mr. Baker
Guy Sanvido ... Janitor
Gil Filar ... Eddie
Marcello Meleca ... Howard Ellis
Tim Hall ... Pitcher
Tom Redman ... First Baseman
Mark Skrela ... Third Baseman
Kevin White ... Shortstop
Terry V. Hart ... Umpire
Alan Markfield ... Umpire
Christopher Marren ... Rival Baseball Coach
Tommy Dorrian ... Teammate #1
Justin Marangoni ... Teammate #2
Tyler Cairns ... Sheep
Gino Giacomini ... Wise Man
Barbara Stewart ... Delivery Room Nurse

David Rigby ... Bus Driver
Sam Aaron ... Old Man #1
David Chapman ... Old Man #2
Wendy Fleming ... Mrs. Russell
Paul Di Febo ... Junior Lamb
Dalton Rondell ... Junior Lamb
Cameron Croughwell ... Junior Lamb

Logan Holladay ... Junior Lamb

Scotty Leavenworth ... Junior Lamb

Devon Alan ... Junior Lamb
Joshua Titen ... Junior Lamb
Tony Orr ... Junior Lamb
Joshua Croughwell ... Junior Lamb
Jeffrey Schoeny ... Junior Lamb

Derek Wilder ... Junior Lamb (as Derek Montgomery)
Sean Sullivan ... Junior Lamb
Devon Cole Borisoff ... Junior Lamb

Taylor Emerson ... Junior Lamb
Brian McLaughlin ... Junior Lamb
Nicholas Andrew ... Junior Lamb

Sean Flynn ... Junior Lamb
Patrick McTavish ... Junior Lamb
Blake Hubbell ... Junior Lamb
Cody Gill ... Junior Lamb
Ramiro González ... Junior Lamb
Mitchell Orr ... Junior Lamb

Trevor Habberstad ... Junior Lamb
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Bouffard ... Retreat Kid (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... Extra Braves Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Steven Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay)

John Irving (novel "A Prayer For Owen Meany") (suggestion)

Produced by
John Baldecchi .... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Howard Ellis .... associate producer
Billy Higgins .... co-producer
Laurence Mark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
 
Cinematography by
Aaron Schneider  (as Aaron E. Schneider)
 
Film Editing by
David Finfer 
 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport 
 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
Abram Waterhouse 
 
Production Management
Brian Leslie Parker .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Ellis .... assistant director
Derek Filiatrault .... daily trainee assistant director
Mickey Gilbert .... second unit director
Robin M. Reelis .... third assistant director: second unit
Bob Warwick .... trainee assistant director
Glenn R. Wilder .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Carlos Caneca .... lead set dresser
Bob Chaisson .... set dresser (as Reverend Bob Chiasson)
Teresita Doucet .... set dresser
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
Jason E. Hamilton .... set dresser (as Jason Hamilton)
Bill Iiams .... construction coordinator
Wayne Jacques .... set dresser
Janet Kusnick .... storyboard artist
Anastasia Masaro .... second assistant art director
David Ritchie .... assistant property master
Michael Shocrylas .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Jim Borgardt .... supervising adr editor
Allan Bromberg .... adr: editor (as Alan Bromberg)
Valerie Davidson .... sound editor
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Barbara Delpuech .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara S. Way)
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Cody Dorkin .... adr
Glen Gauthier .... sound
Gary Gegan .... re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jeff Porrello .... boom operator: Tank Unit
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Rudy Pi .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jason Board .... special effects
Bob Hall .... on set special effects
Tony Kenny .... special effects
Arthur Langevin .... special effects key
Rocco Larizza .... special effects technician
Brad Larkin .... special effects crew
Al Marangoni .... special effects coordinator
Jeff Miller .... special effects foreman
Jim Reischl .... special effects technician
Lawrence Willett .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Joe Bauer .... visual effects supervisor
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist
Brent Gilmartin .... visual effects artist
Robert McInnis .... visual effects executive producer: Modern VideoFilm
Sarah Moore .... digital compositor: Buena Vista Imaging
Rick Shick .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Randy Boliver .... stunt double
Michael T. Brady .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunt double
Peter Cox .... stunts
Tim A. Davison .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Ed Gale .... stunts
Kris A. Jeffrey .... water safety & stunts
C.J. Lusby .... stunts (as C.J. Fidler)
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Renfro .... stunts
Robert C. Shannon .... dive supervisor
Suzi Stingl .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts
Allan Redford .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bojin .... best boy electric
Rocky Brown .... crane grip
Aryn Chapman .... assistant camera
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
Bruce Comtois .... grip: underwater unit, Los Angeles
Mark Cyre .... first assistant camera
Bryan Forde .... gaffer
Greg Haddow .... electrician
Maynard Harris .... crane technician
Don McCuaig .... director of photography: second unit
Robert McRae .... gaffer: rigging
Monty Montgomerie .... first assistant key grip
Dennis J. Murphy .... electrician
Alexandre Naufel .... assistant chief lighting technician
Christopher Nethercoat .... key rigging grip
Brad Peterman .... first assistant camera: underwater unit
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Dylan Rush .... set lighting: Los Angeles
Richard Stevens .... first assistant camera
A.J. Vesak .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Lawrence Willett .... electrician: Nova Scotia
 
Casting Department
Mary Gail Artz .... casting
Barbara Cohen .... casting
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting associate: Canada
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Lauren Singer .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cori Burchell .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Doug Caron .... assistant film editor
Penny Lee Hallin .... first assistant editor
Ariel Nachmann .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Scott Wesley Ross .... apprentice editor
Kevin D. Ross .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Brent Crowell .... assistant location manager: Nova Scotia
Randy Kennedy .... location scout
Liam Kiernan .... assistant location manager
Deborah Laub .... location manager: Los Angeles
Byron A. Martin .... location manager
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Dan DiPrima .... music editor: temp music
Ralph Grierson .... musician: piano solos
Artie Kane .... conductor
Stephanie Lowry .... assistant music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Stambler .... supervising music editor
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Zigmund Gron .... music editor (uncredited)
Donn Wilkerson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lori Ann Bellefontaine .... picture car assistant
Gert Gielen-MacGregor .... transportation
 
Other crew
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Ian Doig .... animal trainer: wild animals
Greg Eby .... first assistant accountant
JoAnne Fishburn .... production assistant
William Flower .... assistant marine coordinator
Wendy Gaboury .... payroll accountant
Paul Hiscock .... fourth assistant director: stunt unit
Peter Hollocker .... production assistant
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Alex Kontsalakis .... accounting clerk
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Laurence Mark
Mark McLean .... office production assistant
Bob Merrick .... assistant production office coordinator: second unit
Megan Moran .... assistant: John Baldecchi
Matthew H. O'Connor .... dive coordinator
David Orr .... producer asst: John Baldecchi
Abraham Park .... post-production accountant
Nina Saxon .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Susanne Schlomer .... assistant to producer Billy Higgins
Simone Stock .... assistant: Mark Steven Johnson
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Darren Winter .... security coordinator
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language, emotional thematic elements, and an accident scene
Runtime:
114 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Continuity: When Rebecca Wenteworth is walking towards the baseball diamond, she is looking behind her and waving. When she gets hit in the head with the ball, it's on the wrong side of the face. She should have been hit on the left side of the face.See more »
Quotes:
Joe:My balls just turned to prunes!
Simon:My balls just turned to raisins!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
For Your LoveSee more »

FAQ

What did John Irving think of Simon Birch?
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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Totally Awesome And A Very Touching Well Made Movie !, 6 September 2004
Author: dj-parr from Worthing, England

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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