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Simon (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | February 1980 (USA)
A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet.


Marshall Brickman


Marshall Brickman (story), Thomas Baum (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Prof. Simon Mendelssohn
Madeline Kahn ... Dr. Cynthia Mallory
Austin Pendleton ... Dr. Carl Becker
Judy Graubart ... Lisa
William Finley ... Fichandler
Jayant Jayant ... Barundi
Wallace Shawn ... Eric Van Dongen
Max Wright ... Leon Hundertwasser
Fred Gwynne ... Maj. Gen. Korey
Adolph Green ... Commune leader
Keith Szarabajka ... Josh
Ann Risley ... Pam
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ... Military aide
Roy Cooper Roy Cooper ... General's aide
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... Army doctor


A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet. Written by Volker Boehm

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He loves you. Do what he says.


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon, der Außerirdische See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Meryl Streep turned down the part of Dr. Cynthia Mallory. See more »


When the space shuttle lifts off, it promptly turns into a Saturn V. See more »


Prof. Simon Mendelssohn: Good afternoon everybody. I've been doing a great deal of thinking about who I am and why I have been sent here to live with you. And the answer is really very simple. Things here are just not working out very well. Your jobs are boring, your food is bland, your water is polluted and your relationships don't work. Is that not right? And the question is, how have things come to such a sorry state of affairs? I will tell you. There is too much bad suff around. Bad food, bad drink, bad art, bad ...
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Comedy - A community-college professor is duped by government scientists into participating in an experiment in which they convince him and the world that he is an alien.
19 March 2006 | by john-bickelhauptSee all my reviews

"Simon" is dated by a number of the foci of different scenes (sensory-deprivation tanks and princess phones, for example). Still, it is one of my favorite comedies despite it's flaws. I can't qualify its appeal to me as entirely rational or securely grounded in aesthetic standards. I saw it on one occasion with a close friend of mine and my house mates at that time. He and I laughed our heads off while the house mates were puzzled by both the film and our reaction. They didn't like it. It's probably a safe bet that those who like the film "Annie Hall" will like this. The introduction to the secret government scientific foundation is a gas as is the "evolution" sequence. The composition of the closing shot is almost painfully beautiful but its impact is much diminished in versions formatted for television.

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