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Simon Birch ()


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

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Joe Wenteworth
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Rebecca Wenteworth
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Ben Goodrich
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Rev. Russell
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Grandmother Wenteworth
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Simon Birch
Beatrice Winde ...
Hilde Grove
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Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll ...
Marjorie
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Ann (as Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos)
Sam Morton ...
Stuart
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Adult Joe Wenteworth
John Mazzello ...
Simon Wenteworth
Holly Dennison ...
Mrs. Birch
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Mr. Birch
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Dr. Wells
Roger McKeen ...
Coach Higgins
Sean McCann ...
Chief Al Cork
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Mr. Baker
Guy Sanvido ...
Janitor
Gil Filar ...
Eddie
Marcello Meleca ...
Howard Ellis
Tim Hall ...
Pitcher
Tom Redman ...
First Baseman
Mark Skrela ...
Third Baseman
Kevin White ...
Shortstop
Terry V. Hart ...
Umpire
Alan Markfield ...
Umpire
Christopher Marren ...
Rival Baseball Coach
Tommy Dorrian ...
Teammate #1
Justin Marangoni ...
Teammate #2
Tyler Cairns ...
Sheep
Gino Giacomini ...
Wise Man
Barbara Stewart ...
Delivery Room Nurse
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Bus Driver
Sam Aaron ...
Old Man #1
David Chapman ...
Old Man #2
Wendy Fleming ...
Mrs. Russell
Paul Di Febo ...
Junior Lamb
Dalton Rondell ...
Junior Lamb
Cameron Croughwell ...
Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb
Joshua Titen ...
Junior Lamb
Tony Orr ...
Junior Lamb
Joshua Croughwell ...
Junior Lamb
Jeffrey Schoeny ...
Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb (as Derek Montgomery)
Sean Sullivan ...
Junior Lamb
Devon Cole Borisoff ...
Junior Lamb
Taylor Emerson ...
Junior Lamb
Brian McLaughlin ...
Junior Lamb
Nicholas Andrew ...
Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb
Patrick McTavish ...
Junior Lamb
Blake Hubbell ...
Junior Lamb
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Junior Lamb
Ramiro González ...
Junior Lamb
Mitchell Orr ...
Junior Lamb
Trevor Habberstad ...
Junior Lamb
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Bouffard ...
Retreat Kid (uncredited)
Victoria Ridley ...
Baby (uncredited)
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Extra Braves Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Steven Johnson

Written by

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Mark Steven Johnson ... (screenplay)
 
John Irving ... (novel "A Prayer For Owen Meany") (suggestion)

Produced by

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John Baldecchi ... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum ... producer
Howard Ellis ... associate producer
Billy Higgins ... co-producer
Laurence Mark ... producer

Music by

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Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

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Aaron Schneider ... (as Aaron E. Schneider)

Film Editing by

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David Finfer

Editorial Department

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Doug Caron ... assistant film editor
Penny Lee Hallin ... first assistant editor
Ariel Nachmann ... first assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer
Scott Wesley Ross ... apprentice editor
Kevin D. Ross ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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David Chapman

Art Direction by

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Dennis Davenport

Set Decoration by

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Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks

Costume Design by

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Betsy Heimann
Abram Waterhouse

Production Management

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Brian Leslie Parker ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Howard Ellis ... assistant director
Derek Filiatrault ... daily trainee assistant director
Mickey Gilbert ... second unit director
Robin M. Reelis ... third assistant director: second unit
Bob Warwick ... trainee assistant director
Glenn R. Wilder ... second unit director

Art Department

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Carlos Caneca ... lead set dresser
Bob Chaisson ... set dresser (as Reverend Bob Chiasson)
Teresita Doucet ... set dresser
Danielle Fleury ... assistant set decorator
Jason E. Hamilton ... set dresser (as Jason Hamilton)
Bill Iiams ... construction coordinator
Wayne Jacques ... set dresser
Janet Kusnick ... storyboard artist
Anastasia Masaro ... second assistant art director
David Ritchie ... assistant property master
Michael Shocrylas ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Jim Borgardt ... supervising adr editor
Allan Bromberg ... adr: editor (as Alan Bromberg)
Valerie Davidson ... sound editor
Dane A. Davis ... supervising sound editor
Barbara Delpuech ... assistant sound editor (as Barbara S. Way)
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Cody Dorkin ... adr
Glen Gauthier ... sound
Gary Gegan ... re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond ... foley editor
Matthew Iadarola ... supervising re-recording mixer
Jeff Porrello ... boom operator: Tank Unit
Geoffrey G. Rubay ... sound editor
Steve Switzer ... boom operator
Rudy Pi ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jason Board ... special effects
Bob Hall ... on set special effects
Tony Kenny ... special effects
Arthur Langevin ... special effects key
Rocco Larizza ... special effects technician
Brad Larkin ... special effects crew
Al Marangoni ... special effects coordinator
Jeff Miller ... special effects foreman
Jim Reischl ... special effects technician
Lawrence Willett ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Joe Bauer ... visual effects supervisor
Rick Cortes ... visual effects artist
Brent Gilmartin ... visual effects artist
Robert McInnis ... visual effects executive producer: Modern VideoFilm
Sarah Moore ... digital compositor: Buena Vista Imaging
Rick Shick ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts
Randy Boliver ... stunt double
Michael T. Brady ... stunts
Eric Bryson ... stunt double
Peter Cox ... stunts
Tim A. Davison ... stunt coordinator: second unit
Ed Gale ... stunts
Kris A. Jeffrey ... water safety & stunts
C.J. Lusby ... stunts (as C.J. Fidler)
Alison Reid ... stunt coordinator
Bryan Renfro ... stunts
Robert C. Shannon ... dive supervisor
Suzi Stingl ... stunts
Danny Wynands ... stunts
Allan Redford ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sam Bojin ... best boy electric
Rocky Brown ... crane grip
Aryn Chapman ... assistant camera
Angelo Colavecchia ... camera operator
Bruce Comtois ... grip: underwater unit, Los Angeles
Mark Cyre ... first assistant camera
Bryan Forde ... gaffer
Greg Haddow ... electrician
Maynard Harris ... crane technician
Don McCuaig ... director of photography: second unit
Robert McRae ... gaffer: rigging
Monty Montgomerie ... first assistant key grip
Dennis J. Murphy ... electrician
Alexandre Naufel ... assistant chief lighting technician
Christopher Nethercoat ... key rigging grip
Brad Peterman ... first assistant camera: underwater unit
Ron Renzetti ... dolly grip
Dylan Rush ... set lighting: Los Angeles
Richard Stevens ... first assistant camera
A.J. Vesak ... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Lawrence Willett ... electrician: Nova Scotia

Casting Department

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Mary Gail Artz ... casting
Barbara Cohen ... casting
Juli-Ann Kay ... casting associate: Canada
Jane Rogers ... extras casting
Lauren Singer ... casting consultant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cori Burchell ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Brent Crowell ... assistant location manager: Nova Scotia
Randy Kennedy ... location scout
Liam Kiernan ... assistant location manager
Deborah Laub ... location manager: Los Angeles
Byron A. Martin ... location manager

Music Department

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Pete Anthony ... conductor / orchestrator
Jeff Atmajian ... orchestrator
Frank Bennett ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Daniel DiPrima ... music editor: temp music (as Dan DiPrima)
Ralph Grierson ... musician: piano solos
Artie Kane ... conductor
Stephanie Lowry ... assistant music editor
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Scott Stambler ... supervising music editor
Nick Vidar ... music programmer
Zigmund Gron ... music editor (uncredited)
Donn Wilkerson ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Lori Ann Bellefontaine ... picture car assistant
Gert Gielen-MacGregor ... transportation

Other crew

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Bohnie Avanzino ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Kent Belli ... assistant accountant: water unit
Ian Doig ... animal trainer: wild animals
Greg Eby ... first assistant accountant
JoAnne Fishburn ... production assistant
William Flower ... assistant marine coordinator
Wendy Gaboury ... payroll accountant
Traci Hainsworth ... production resources
Paul Hiscock ... fourth assistant director: stunt unit
Peter Hollocker ... production assistant
Alan Jacques ... projectionist
Alex Kontsalakis ... accounting clerk
Eric Mansur ... assistant: Laurence Mark
Mark McLean ... office production assistant
Bob Merrick ... assistant production office coordinator: second unit
Megan Moran ... assistant: John Baldecchi
Matthew H. O'Connor ... dive coordinator
David Orr ... producer asst: John Baldecchi
Abraham Park ... post-production accountant
Nina Saxon ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Susanne Schlomer ... assistant to producer Billy Higgins
Simone Stock ... assistant: Mark Steven Johnson
Elaine Thurston ... production accountant
Darren Winter ... security coordinator

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (United States)
  • A Small Miracle (United States)
  • Der kleine Held (Germany)
  • Simon Birch - Kleiner Held ganz groß! (Germany)
  • Simon Birch - Ein kleiner Held und sein außergewöhnliches Schicksal (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,321,370, 13 Sep 1998

Did You Know?

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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 The fateful Christmas in question is in December 1964, but a news item on the radio reports a speech given by President Kennedy, killed a year earlier. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rounders/Kiki's Delivery Service/Simon Birch/Slums of Beverly Hills/Digging to China (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Fever See more »
Quotes Adult Joe Wenteworth: Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. It responds like a snail to our impatience, then it races like a gazelle when you can't catch a breath.
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