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S1m0ne (2002)

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A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

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Andrew Niccol

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Viktor Taransky
Benjamin Salisbury ... Production Assistant
Winona Ryder ... Nicola Anders
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Studio Executive #1
Jim Rash ... Studio Executive #2
Ron Perkins ... Studio Executive #3
Jay Mohr ... Hal Sinclair
Catherine Keener ... Elaine Christian
Evan Rachel Wood ... Lainey Christian Taransky
Jeffrey Pierce ... Kent
Jeff Williams ... Man in Suit
Rachel Roberts ... Simone (as Simone)
Mitzi Martin ... Premiere Audience Member
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Premiere Audience Member (as Carol Androsky)
Christopher Neiman ... Premiere Audience Member
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Storyline

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

A star is... created. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simone See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,813,463, 25 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,680,913, 6 October 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Andrew Niccol would later wed his leading lady Rachel Roberts. See more »

Goofs

While Viktor is conducting talk show "Good morning, good day" with Simone, different items (ashtray, a bottle of beer, a glass, a pen) appear and disappear on the table on his right between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Production Assistant: Uh, Mr. Taransky, she's...
Viktor: She's walking? Don't tell me she's walking. She can't walk!
[heads off running]
Viktor: Nicola!
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Crazy Credits

Despite the fact he has an important role in the film, the actor who plays Hank is not credited. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem - in Paradisum
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by La Chapelle Royale, Ensemble Musique Oblique with Philippe Herreweghe
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi USA
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Why, we can do this on our computer.....!
22 May 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

S1m0ne (SIMONE) is a creative little piece of filmmaking from the young New Zealand writer director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, Lord of War, The Host, Dali & I:The Surreal Story). While this may not register in the 'best films of the decade' category, it certainly challenges both our thinking and our imagination and creates a sense of wonder at just how far we have come with computer generation.

Has-been movie director/producer Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino, shining) faces disaster when his star Nicola Anders (Winona Ryder) deserts his latest desperate need for a hit film and comes up with the alternative - create a superstar by using a digital synthespian, a creature who via computer codes is destined to do anything the creator decides. And voila! Simone (or rather S1m0ne - Sim-One, the technology used to creature such ventures.) Viktor is saved as Simone (Rachel Roberts) becomes the superstar of Viktor's dreams - winning awards, and Viktor's heart - only requiring that he ultimately tell the public of his sham, a deed he attempts to avoid through means that place him in big trouble. The story is fantasy, but in Niccol's hands the fantasy becomes possibility and makes us question just how far advanced have we become...perhaps too far.

The strong supporting cast includes, along with Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Benjamin Salisbury, Jay Mohr, Evan Rachel Woods, and of course the digitally altered Rachel Roberts. The test of a good comedy is whether it can incorporate tragedy and still entertain. This film succeeds.

Grady Harp


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