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Simon Birch (1998)

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

Writers:

Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay), John Irving (novel)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Beatrice Winde ... Hilde Grove
Jan Hooks ... Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll Cecilley Carroll ... Marjorie
Sumela Kay ... Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton Sam Morton ... Stuart
Jim Carrey ... Adult Joe Wenteworth
John Mazzello John Mazzello ... Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison Holly Dennison ... Mrs. Birch
Peter MacNeill ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Owen Meany See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,321,370, 13 September 1998

Gross USA:

$18,253,415

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,253,415
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sandra Bullock was, at one point, considered for the part of Rebecca Wenteworth. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca Wenteworth is walking towards the baseball diamond, she is looking behind her and waving. When she gets hit in the head with the ball, it's on the wrong side of the face. She should have been hit on the left side of the face. See more »

Quotes

Joe: Hey, your son is not a screw up, he's a hero.
Mr. Birch: What?
Joe: I said he's a hero. And you don't deserve him. I want you to know that.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1998 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
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Really touching
21 December 2003 | by crazygirl_me_nokiaSee all my reviews

The movie is original, fresh and really touching. It makes you appreciate life and the people who share it with you. 'Joe' had 4 people die in a short period of time. It was inevitable that Simon would die, but he didn't expect to die whilst saving others. Never take the people around you for granted as you may loose them before you know it. I was crying so much through it as it's a definite wake up call that life will one day stop. You have to watch it and learn from it. Filmed perfectly with a great choice of actors.


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