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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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On August 23, Meet a Real Fake See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie, Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) is removing all the red candies from a bowl of assorted colored candies. He subsequently has a heated conversation with Winona Ryder's character. As a demanding actress her contract specifies that she has the largest trailer on the set, she must always be provided with these candies sans the red ones. This is a reference to a 1982 contract rider for the rock group Van Halen, who required that they be provided with specific foods and drinks. This included a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed (according to David Lee Roth during a Van Halen concert. this was a test to make sure the lawyers were paying attention to their other more legit and logical demands). The removal of the candies wasn't itself important, but was instead a test by the band to see if the contract had been thoroughly read and executed exactly as instructed. This was to ensure the safety of the band, crew and fans at the concert. 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

In the video/DVD release, the "Simone as herself" gags in the closing credits have been removed and replaced with proper credit for the actress. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD will contain 19 deleted and alternate scenes. See more »

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References Making Mr. Right (1987) See more »

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Uneven, but definitely worth watching
16 June 2005 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Ever since I first saw Gattaca, I've been looking for other films directed by Andrew Niccol. This being one of them, and so far, one of the only ones(but I certainly hope he makes more films in the future... he has some very interesting ideas), I simply had to watch. I was not disappointed. Like Gattaca, this is science fiction; however, Gattaca is more of a all-out sci-fi film, and S1m0ne only has some elements of science fiction. Before I comment on the sci-fi, I must comment on the great humor in the film. This is the first of Niccol's films(Truman Show, Gattaca and then this) I've seen that has comedy(in the form of satire, that is). Truly great comedy, as well. You know why? Because it's real. It's stuff that we can recognize, stuff that we know from ourselves, from the people around us. The comedy mostly revolves around how easily everyone is tricked, how quick they are to believe in something without any proof. I believe it was Voltaire who said: "If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent one". We want to be deceived, we want to be tricked, we want to have something to hope for and believe in. I mean, let's be honest; that is the very basis for why religion exists, and why people claim to spot UFOs. People need to believe in something... and they believe in Simone. Despite what her maker has her do, despite no one ever having met her in person, people love her. They need to. They need someone, something to believe in. The many scenes of Viktor covering up Simone not being real, creating the illusion of her in various forms to satisfy other people's urge to see her, meet her, talk to her may be somewhat slapstick in their nature, but they only emphasize how ludicrous and easily bought the everyday man is. They want to believe it so badly, they simply can't accept anything else. This seems to be what most critics of this film are missing. Their refusal to accept it is simply them denying human nature. As Pacino's character realizes near the end: "She's indestructible". It is not possible to remove her, because the public won't accept it. She must exist. I noticed a lot of references to the story of Frankenstein in this film. It is basically the 21st century's version of Frankenstein, with some computer-based science fiction elements and set in Hollywood. I have never seen a film that so openly mocks the superficiality of Hollywood, and for that reason alone, anyone should see it. The plot is very good, though it develops at a somewhat uneven pace... in fact, the pacing seems a tad off. The acting is mostly very good. The special effects are top-notch... they were in 2002, and they still are. This could have been better, but it was still very good. I recommend this to anyone who is interested from reading the plot outline, people who enjoyed Gattaca and fans of science fiction as commentary on real issues. 7/10


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