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Simon Birch (1998)

A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.

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(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Wenteworth
... Rebecca Wenteworth
... Ben Goodrich
... Rev. Russell
... Grandmother Wenteworth
Ian Michael Smith ... Simon Birch
Beatrice Winde ... Hilde Grove
... Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll ... Marjorie
... Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton ... Stuart
... Adult Joe Wenteworth
John Mazzello ... Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison ... Mrs. Birch
... Mr. Birch
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Storyline

Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen. Written by Thorpe89

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Taglines:

Destiny has big plans for little Simon Birch.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, emotional thematic elements, and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,321,370, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,252,684, 27 December 1998
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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Irving: the writer makes an uncredited appearance as Mr. Prescott, the butcher, seen sweeping the sidewalk in front of his shop during the scene when Simon and Joe are sitting on the local pharmacy steps eating ice cream and pondering who Joe's father might be. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire film, Simon can be seen wearing a hearing-aid (behind the ear). These were developed in the 1960's, however the model seen in the movie was not available until after 1964. See more »

Quotes

Simon: She's so sexy that sometimes I forget she's someone's mother.
Joe: Well, what if I said the same thing about your mother?
Simon: I'd have you committed.
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Connections

Referenced in Loser (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were There
Written & Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Appears on End Credits
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A very good, bittersweet film
26 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have watched the movie twice, once with my wife and once with my children.

It is a great movie and totally undeserving of some of the juvenile comments posted here.

It is a story of a 12 year old extremely undersized boy who is a freak to many, a best friend to another and ends up being a hero. All through the movie he talks of God having a plan for him and that his small stature is a part of that plan.

Don't compare it to the book it is "suggested" from. Neither does justice to the other.

Don't miss it.


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