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S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 23 August 2002 (USA)
A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

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Production Assistant
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Darnell Williams ...
Studio Executive #1
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Kent
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Man in Suit
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Simone (as Simone)
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The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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On August 23, Meet a Real Fake See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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23 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Simone  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,813,463 (USA) (25 August 2002)

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$9,680,913 (USA) (6 October 2002)
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Trivia

The technique of photo-realism, where a computer generated image is used in place of actual actors, will later be actually used in the movie 'Furious 7' (2015). Body doubles, stunt doubles, and CGI were used to complete the film following Paul Walker's death. Walker's brothers Caleb Walker and Cody Walker were among the doubles, and also provided voice over for his character in the movie. See more »

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When Lainey presses the eject button, the floppy disk ejects from under a blank cover plate, not from the floppy drive. Also, 5 1/4" disk drives in PCs did not eject disks electronically. The disk had to be ejected mechanically from the drive. See more »

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[first lines]
Production Assistant: Uh, Mr. Taransky, she's...
Viktor: She's walking? Don't tell me she's walking. She can't walk!
[heads off running]
Viktor: Nicola!
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Crazy Credits

In the theatrical version, Rachel Roberts is uncredited. Closing credits include "Introducing Simone as herself" and the credits list Simone as played by "herself". However, she is included in the "Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone" section. See more »

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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Rogue Motel
Written by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
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Why, we can do this on our computer.....!
22 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

S1m0ne (SIMONE) is a creative little piece of filmmaking from the young New Zealand writer director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, Lord of War, The Host, Dali & I:The Surreal Story). While this may not register in the 'best films of the decade' category, it certainly challenges both our thinking and our imagination and creates a sense of wonder at just how far we have come with computer generation.

Has-been movie director/producer Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino, shining) faces disaster when his star Nicola Anders (Winona Ryder) deserts his latest desperate need for a hit film and comes up with the alternative

  • create a superstar by using a digital synthespian, a creature who via
computer codes is destined to do anything the creator decides. And voila! Simone (or rather S1m0ne - Sim-One, the technology used to creature such ventures.) Viktor is saved as Simone (Rachel Roberts) becomes the superstar of Viktor's dreams - winning awards, and Viktor's heart - only requiring that he ultimately tell the public of his sham, a deed he attempts to avoid through means that place him in big trouble. The story is fantasy, but in Niccol's hands the fantasy becomes possibility and makes us question just how far advanced have we become...perhaps too far.

The strong supporting cast includes, along with Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Benjamin Salisbury, Jay Mohr, Evan Rachel Woods, and of course the digitally altered Rachel Roberts. The test of a good comedy is whether it can incorporate tragedy and still entertain. This film succeeds.

Grady Harp


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