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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.

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Marshall Brickman

Writers:

Marshall Brickman (story), Thomas Baum (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enas trellos... ma ti trellos! See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

This film was made in 1980, a year before the first space shuttle launched. The filmmakers had no idea what the actual shuttle launch sequence would be, and it shows: Technicians on the pad only minutes before launch, no technicians near the crew hatch as the astronaut entered the shuttle, the shuttle interior layout all wrong, no 6-second main engine firing before launch, etc, let alone why NASA would launch this shuttle in the first place. See more »

Quotes

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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Strange movie...
4 September 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Simon" is one of the strangest movies I have seen in quite some time. It's not the premise that is so strange - the bare bones of the plot read like they could be made into a typical comedy - but rather the execution. Although there are a number of attempts at humor throughout the movie (and I admit that I did find some of these attempts amusing), there is a strong serious undercurrent. It seems that the movie is trying to say something, though what that is I cannot say for sure. But there are deeper problem with the movie. It takes quite a while for it to get going, for one thing. And once it gets going, it seems to have a number of moments where key footage seems missing or wasn't filmed at all in the first place. But all the same, I am kind of glad that I saw the movie, because it's the rare major studio production to really be strange and offbeat - which is refreshing in an age of cookie cutter plots and lack of imagination. I would recommend this movie to viewers who want something different and are ready to accept something that is an interesting failure of sorts.


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