Simon Birch

Synopsis: Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Mark Steven Johnson
Production: Buena Vista
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Mr. Roberts.

I am doomed to

remember a boy with a wrecked voice.

Not because of his voice

or because he was...

the smallest person

I ever knew...

or even because he was

the instrument of my mother's death,

but because he is the reason

I believe in God.

What faith I have,

I owe to Simon Birch,

the boy I grew up with

in Gravestown, Maine.

It is Simon that

made me a believer.

Hi, Mr. Roberts!

- ...strengthen your heart all ye

that will hope in the Lord.

I'm gonna leave you alone

with your thoughts now.

And when I come back

we'll talk about...

what we've just read.

Silently and seriously,

that's how I want you to think.

Our Sunday school teacher

was an unhappy woman...

by the name of Miss Leavey.

Her name suited her perfectly,

as she was always leaving class.

He's so cute.

Simon Birch was so tiny

that we loved to pick him up.

Hey, put me down.

In truth, we couldn't resist

picking him up.

We thought it was a miracle

how little he weighed.

Cut it out,

you a**holes.

Hey, no tickling.

I'm warning you.

Pass him to me!

Simon Birch?


I never understood

Miss Leavey's reaction.

Did she think Simon

climbed up there on his own?

Or that leaving us alone with our

thoughts had so empowered us that...

Simon was levitating up

to heaven?

But Simon was no rat.

As vividly as any story in the Bible,

Simon showed us what

a martyr was.

Simon Birch

was the smallest delivery...

every recorded in the history

of Gravestown Memorial Hospital.

Okay, Mrs. Birch...

the nurse is gonna give you

a shot here to help with the pain...

- and then we'll get started.

- Okay.


- Ooh!

- Ooh!

- Doctor!

Oh-Oh, dear.

Simon's father owned

the Birch Granite Company.

Mr. Birch was a big believer

in the rock.

And just about everything

in their house was made from granite,

including Mr. Birch.

Excuse us, please. Excuse us.

Excuse us, please.


Along with

just about everything else...

Simon was born

with an undersized heart.

The prognosis wasn't good,

and Dr. Wells warned...

the Birches that Simon probably

wouldn't last through the night.

Fit-Fit right there

in the palm of my hand.

But he did.

Still, the complication seemed

too great, and Dr. Wells warned...

the Birches that Simon probably

wouldn't last through the week.

But he did.

The Birches didn't know what to make of

their peculiar, little disappointment.

So they made nothing

of it at all.

I'm going to work.

Weeks turned into months.

And months

turned into years.

Come on, we're late.

No, you're late.

I'm just riding with you.

The doctors proclaimed Simon a miracle.

And he was quick to remind any of us

if we forgot.

Not so fast. Slow down.

- I'm a miracle, you know.

- Yeah. Yeah.

But even miracles

can't go on forever.

And although we never talked about it,

it was never far from our minds.

Here they come,

the Wenteworth bastard

and his granite mouse.

Hey, Birch, nice

sidecar. What you use? A matchbox?

Have a nice day.

Goddamn kids got no respect

these days.

It's another beautiful...

autumn day friends,

and so sit back, relax...

and so let "Big Daddy"

Dave Barton do the driving...

as we cruise on down

the highway of hits here on WGV...

the sound of Gravestown.

Let's click on the turnstiles

of our wax files.

This one goes out

to our Gravestown Tigers.

Baseball is a lot

like life for a 12-year-old.

You spent most of your time

waiting for the excitement to begin...

only to discover later

that it's already past you by.

Think out there, boys.

Okay? When you're out there, think!

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Mark Steven Johnson

Mark Steven Johnson (born October 30, 1964) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. Johnson was born in Hastings, Minnesota and graduated from California State University, Long Beach. He has written and directed the two comic book based films Daredevil and Ghost Rider as well as the film Simon Birch. His early writing credits are for the film Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men. Most recently he directed the film Finding Steve McQueen. more…

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