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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)

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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:

Elora, Ontario, Canada See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Author John Irving doubted his novel, "A Prayer for Owen Meany", could ever be turned into a film, and sold the screen rights on the condition it not be released under the same name as his book. Irving himself provided the name Simon Birch for the producers to use in place of Owen Meany. 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

Simon: I'm a miracle you know.
Joe: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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Connections

Referenced in Action: Twelfth Step to Hell (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere to Run
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas
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Its all about Faith
3 February 2002 | by GarySee all my reviews

There are a lot of people who will see this and probably not understand its message,but then again there are a lot of people who will see it and realize movies such as this come along very rarely.Simon Birch is a man within a boys body with a specific purpose and a simple message for mankind.You see,Simon is a little different from other boys his age,but then again,so was all of God's chosen.He's a little of all of us to be sure,yet he has one thing that few have.Simon is blessed with unmoving,solid as the rock its founded on FAITH.Nothing anyone says or does will change this.He will be picked on,poked,prodded,and teased but this fact will ever remain.The brotherly love that bonds Simon and his best friend will remind you of times long thought forgotten and memories you will treasure always.Its rare indeed that a movie will make you laugh,cry,and otherwise feel that true love for life and mankind exists in this world as it is today.This movie is that special.Just like Simon.


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