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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 »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Another demand of the diva actress, other than removing the red candy (liken to the famous Van Han brown M&M story), is to have a certain amount of cigarette packs (seven) in every room she walks into, based on Frank Sinatra, who demanded a pack of cigarettes be placed in every flat space. See more »

Goofs

Under present Academy rules a performer can be nominated for only one performance in any acting category. This rule is broken deliberately - Simone is so wonderful that the Academy is prepared to break its own rules for her. 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 »

Connections

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem - Pie Jesu
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Oxford Camerata and Schola Cantorum of Oxford
J. Summerly, conductor
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Interesting and Entertaining
9 February 2003 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

Director and writer Andrew Nicol has only a few scripts and movies in his record, but all are memorable. He wrote and directed 'Gattaca', wrote 'The Truman Show' script, and here he is again both writing and directing with 'S1m0ne'. It is seldom that one director chooses his films in such a focused manner, and in his case it certainly pays back.

'S1m0ne' is another story about Hollywood, but a really original one. Since the film was released the first completely virtual film became reality, and some of the best movies of 2002 combine real actors and fantastic computer generated characters. Is this a threat to the big star system? This is the main theme of the movie. The second, and maybe even more important is the cult for icons, the morbid fascination of the public with the life of celebrities. The two themes play well together, combined with the excellent portrait that Al Pacino creates for his Faustian director.

I liked the movie. It has enough interesting material to keep the interest. The weaker points are the length - yet another film which would have benefit if it was 10-15 minutes shorter - and the final which is too conventional relative to the originality of the rest of the script.

8/10 on my personal scale - go and see or rent it, you will not be disappointed.


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