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Simon Birch -- Even though Simon Birch is the smallest kid in town, deep down he knows that he was born to do something big! He's on a constant search to discover his destiny, but somehow manages to find nothing but trouble!

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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:
This is an amazing and brilliant movie. Should be watched by everyone. See more (221 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 De Fibo ... 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 Montgomery ... Junior Lamb
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 Hamilton .... set dresser
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
Valerie Davidson .... sound editor
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Barbara Delpuech .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara S. Way)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Cody Dorkin .... adr
Glen Gauthier .... sound
Gary Gegan .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
C.J. Fidler .... stunts
Ed Gale .... stunts
Kris A. Jeffrey .... water safety & stunts
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Renfro .... stunts
Robert C. Shannon .... dive supervisor
Suzi Stingl .... 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)
 
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)
 
Transportation Department
Lori Ann Bellefontaine .... picture car assistant
Gert Gielen-MacGregor .... transportation
 
Other crew
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Brent Crowell .... assistant location manager: Nova Scotia
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
Randy Kennedy .... location scout
Liam Kiernan .... assistant location manager
Alex Kontsalakis .... accounting clerk
Deborah Laub .... location manager: Los Angeles
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Laurence Mark
Byron A. Martin .... location manager
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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the Christmas Pageant scenes, Miss Leavey is seen pulling down on the rope that raises or lowers the kid playing the angel. By pulling down on the rope, the kid should go higher. But when Miss Leavey pulls down on the rope, the kid is lowered as well.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...See more »
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Soundtrack:
Up on the RoofSee more »

FAQ

What did John Irving think of Simon Birch?
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39 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
This is an amazing and brilliant movie. Should be watched by everyone., 6 November 2001
Author: famousgir1 from London, England

Simon Birch is an amazing, touching and emotional drama about 12 year old Simon Birch, a small boy who can't grow and believes he has a destiny. The movie is one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. It's a very well made movie and VERY sad, especially the ending which had me in tears. There were even a couple of funny bits here too, like the scene at the school play.

Simon Birch is played brilliantly by the amazing Ian Michael Smith who gives a fantastic and touching performance. I REALLY hope to see more of him in the future. Joseph Mazzello also gives a great performance as Simon's best friend, Joe Wenteworth. Oliver Platt is also really good here too as Ben Goodrich.

Like I've already is Simon Brich is a brilliant movie and should be watched by everyone of all ages as it's really amazing. It's one of those movies which deserved some Oscar winnings. I give Simon Birch a 10/10. See this movie now, if you haven't already.

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