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S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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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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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Simone's costars for "Eternity Forever" with whom she conducts a meeting via telephone introduce themselves, most of them have computer software/hardware manufacturers' names: Corel, Claris (Simone worked with her cousin Dell), Hewlett, Lotus, and the two that aren't companies: Mac and Hal, the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

Goofs

Viktor is shown inserting Hank Aleno's hard drive into Viktor's PC by simply laying it down inside a tray, in the same way that one inserts a CD or DVD into a PC. While removable hard disks do exist, they work nothing like this. All hard disks have power and data plugs along one side that require a fair amount of force to plug in. 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

After the credits finish, there is a scene with Victor using a camcorder in a supermarket. He pulls a cart along with a string and films it moving "by itself", he pushes it and then follows it filming, he walks up to various products and tosses them into the cart, filming everything from various angles. This is followed by the "completed" shot of Simone, casually making her shopping selections. Finally, we see the Echo Magazine reporter, watching Simone shopping on TV. He sighs, and says, "She likes chicken pot pie. Just like me." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the initial August 2002 theatrical release, Rachel Roberts, the actress who portrays "most aspects" of Simone, is uncredited. According to an Associated Press interview with Roberts published after the film's release, this will be changed in the video release so that Roberts is credited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Woke Up One Morning and Found Myself Famous (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman
Written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin and Jerry Wexler
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sharp Satire, Dull Romance
26 July 2004 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

The cult of celebrity is brilliantly examined in Andrew Niccol's `Simone.' Al Pacino plays a washed-up `art film' director who is fed up with the spoiled leading ladies with whom he has to work. After his latest leading lady (Winona Ryder in an excellent performance) walks out before the end of production, Pacino is left with an unreleasable film. He is approached by an adoring fan, a `computer geek' dying from cancer, who offers him a solution to his difficulties. Pacino rejects the offer, but the geek sends him a computer disk containing `Simulation One.' When Pacino activates the disk, up pops a stunningly beautiful female,' who is a programmable simulation. Pacino adds personality ingredients from famous actresses of the past, and, viola, `Simone' is created.

Inserting Simone's image and voice into Ryder's footage, Pacino completes his film. However, Pacino's work is overshadowed by his creation. Simone becomes a world famous celebrity, a cult goddess.

Combining the cult celebrity of Garbo, Princess Di, Farrah Fawcett and Pamela Anderson, with maybe a little Britney Spears thrown in, Andrew Niccol has created a sharp satire of hero worship. Lacking an ego, Simone is the projection of everyone's desires; men want her and women want to be like her. Even more fascinating is Pacino's revelation that he is jealous of his creation, even when he has no need to be. Niccol sustains his sharp satire of celebrity until the very end of the movie.

Where `Simone' stumbles is its flat romance between Pacino and his former wife, Christine Keener. I'm sorry, but for me Keener lacks anything resembling sex appeal. Had this role been given to Kim Basinger, Rita Wilson, Cybil Shepherd, Ellen Barkin or Lauren Hutton, the `younger beauty/aging beauty pathos could have been examined. As it stands, `Simone' lacks the kind of conflict which could have given it real spark. Nonetheless, `Simone' is a fun, funny movie and is definitely worth seeing. I give `Simone' a `7'.


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