Simon Birch Movie Review 1998

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Young Simon Birch (Smith) believes he's destined to become a hero, and that his disability--dwarfism resulting from Morquio's syndrome--is actually a gift from God to facilitate his destiny. After his best friend Joe's idolized mother dies, the two decide to track down Joe's father, who hasn't been seen for years. The quest leads to the climactic disaster that is the impetus for the heroics Simon has been waiting for. Smith's onscreen presence is the main attraction, as most of the emotion and inspiration in the source material, John Irving's novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany," is absent. Irving demanded both the character name change (Meany to Birch) and a screen credit change--from "based on" to "suggested by."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Childhood Visions, Coming of Age, Disease of the Week, Flashback, Funerals, Moms
Mark Steven Johnson
Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Dana Ivey, Jan Hooks, Beatrice Winde, Ceciley Carroll, Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos, Sam Morton, John Robinson
Aaron Schneider
Mark Steven Johnson
Marc Shaiman
Jim Carrey
Touchstone Pictures

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