Simon Birch Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for Simon Birch the Movie

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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."

Distribution

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Comedy Drama, Childhood Visions, Coming of Age, Disease of the Week, Flashback, Funerals, Moms
Screenplay
Mark Steven Johnson
Cast
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
Cinematography
Aaron Schneider
Director
Mark Steven Johnson
Music
Marc Shaiman
Other
Jim Carrey
Producer
Touchstone Pictures

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