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Simon Birch [DVD] [1999]


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  • Actors: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn
  • Directors: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Writers: Mark Steven Johnson, John Irving
  • Producers: Billy Higgins, Howard Ellis, John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCDY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Simon Birch (Ian Michael Smith) is an anonymous kid in a small town, determined to prove that he's destined for heroism and glory. Despite this, he seems to find himself constantly in trouble. His best friend Joe (Joseph Mazzello) has been raised by his single mother (Ashley Judd), and is trying to discover the identity of his father, whom he has never met. Together, the two youngsters share their good times and their problems, forming an unbreakable bond. Features a cameo by Jim Carrey.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2004
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I've literally just watched 'Simon Birch - aka A Small Miracle' on Five in an attempt to escape from Euro 2004 TV etc. (One could argue that it was an accident - but then again, "there are no such things as accidents" as the film suggests - Hmmmm...) Anyway, I was incredibly moved by this film - and while it engaged a wide range of emotions, it wasn't heavy-handed or maudlin in any way. The soundtrack was enjoyable but not intrusive. Both lead characters were played with integrity and enthusiasm by Ian Michael Smith (as our eponymous hero) & Joseph Mazzello as his best friend, Joe. I couldn't feel pity for either lead - I don't think the viewer was supposed to, because in spite of their circumstances - THEY HAD EACH OTHER and truly recognised the value and depth of their friendship, which was more than could be said of some of the other pathetic narrow-minded townsfolk.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover and freely admit, that for me this is one of those special films that made me feel GENUINELY GLAD that I saw it, accidentally or not - and that it has something precious to say to ALL OF US.. if we would just be willing to listen. I LOVED this film, but make up your own minds. And Joseph, if you are reading this - well done!! I sincerely hope we see more of your work in future. Gotta go, I'm off to pre-order my DVD copy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2004
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What can I say, I watched this film today I still cant stop crying and laughing what a film there is nothing more to say! FANTASTIC BRILLANT Ian Michael Smith was brillant and so cute! aswell as Joseph Mazello, I cannot believe that it is not yet released over here as soon as the film was over I got straight onto the website and was so dissapointed to see it was not released HURRY UP these two boys deserve OSCAR'S for there roles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Ferguson on 28 July 2006
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What a moving film. I literaly switched off the tv and phoned one of my mates howling as the film was so sad! Its a very sad story of the most lovely little boy (Simon Birch) who really just wants to be loved. A must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cactus on 5 Oct. 2009
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Simon Birch is about two 12 year old friends in the 1950's. This is a lovely film about friendship and forgiveness. It's also very, very sad, but life affirming too. It made me cry in several places, which is strange as of course I'm a class A Alpha Male, as hard as granite and like nothing better than the idea of eating a virtually raw steak (from a cow I slaughtered with my bare hands) with a side order of peeled and salted babies, whilst at the same time firing a big gun (ideally large calibre, fully automatic), talking about football, drinking a huge amount of beer, driving a massive car way over the speed limit and enjoying the company of a couple of well endowed, young, blonde ladies. This is a film you should make an effort to see; it's so much better than it sounds. For some reason it reminded me of the Station Agent; both films are about friendship and include a small person in the cast. (Actually the Station Agent is one of my favourite 50 films of all time.) Please watch Simon Birch; watch it with someone you care for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dazman on 12 Jun. 2007
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This is an excellent film for anyone who like's a film with a good story and a good heart, it is touching, funny, heart warming, sad, at times hilarious and a good journey through life film.

The only bad point is that you sort of know the outcome of the film via the opening of the film, which I thought spoilt it a little, but this aside this is a gem of a film and the best first viewing of a film that I have seen so far this year.
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You know how so many films claim that they will make you 'laugh and cry'? Well, this one really will.

Simon Birch is a boy with dwarfism, growing up in a small, Rockwellesque (did I just make up a word there?) American town in the late 50s and early 60s. His best friend is Joe Wenteworth, an illegitimate, shy child who lives with his eccentric, charismatic mother and grouchy but ultimately kindhearted grandmother.

Simon's parents are totally disinterested in him, so he is virtually adopted by Joe's mother and spends most of his time with the Wenteworths. The story really starts after an unfortunate accident at a baseball game, but you'll get no spoilers from me.

This movie is utterly, utterly charming; in turns laugh out loud funny and heart breakingly sad. It flirts with being schmaltzy but never crosses the line. The acting (particularly the children) is wonderful and the story (adapted from a John Irving novel) is compelling. To be honest, being a cynical old fart with a love of horror movies and Quentin Tarantino, I really wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this sentimental family film, but I was proved very, very wrong. I was totally sucked in within the first ten minutes.

Don't judge this absolute gem by it's (admittedly dreadful) cover. Give it a chance. It's well worth it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A variety of emotions are demanded for a viewer of this video. The film includes elements that will make you laugh and others that will make you want to cry. Simon Birch is a lovable character who will have you in fits of laughter. A great film for everyone to enjoy.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
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Joe and Simon (Joseph Mazzello, Ian Michael Smith) have always been best pals, maybe because they both felt like outsiders; Joe is illegitimate and Simon is a dwarf. Now, at age twelve, Joe sets out to find his real father and Simon wonders what special plan God has for his life.

This touching story of kids growing up in a small town has the same nostalgic feel of movies like "Stand By Me," painting an idyllic picture of youthful hijinks, loyalty, and courage. Ian Michael Smith, in his only movie role, is excellent as the spunky, brave Simon. Joseph Mazzello, so memorable in "Jurassic Park" and "Shadowlands," is good but has outgrown the adorable little-boy stage and appears stiff at times. The boys are ably assisted by Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, and David Straithairn and Jim Carrey has a brief cameo as the adult Joe.

The movie is an affectionate homage to childhood innocence and is recommended although some dialogue may not be suitable for young children.
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