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S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

A star is... created. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$9,688,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,576,023
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Simone's costars for "Eternity Forever" with whom she conducts a meeting via telephone introduce themselves, most of them have computer software/hardware manufacturers' names: Corel, Claris (Simone worked with her cousin Dell), Hewlett, Lotus, and the two that aren't companies: Mac and Hal, the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

Goofs

Viktor is shown inserting Hank Aleno's hard drive into Viktor's PC by simply laying it down inside a tray, in the same way that one inserts a CD or DVD into a PC. While removable hard disks do exist, they work nothing like this. All hard disks have power and data plugs along one side that require a fair amount of force to plug in. 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

The special thanks list at the end of the credits includes an acknowledgement to Hank Aleno Software. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD will contain 19 deleted and alternate scenes. See more »

Connections

References Wag the Dog (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl I Dream About
Written by B. Caldwell and H. Marx
Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Courtesy of Sin Drome Records, Ltd.
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Could have been a great movie
17 September 2007 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

"S1m0ne" is a different kind of movie, with an original, different and very interesting idea. But, despite this clever premise, it was a disappointment.

The plot is brilliant in fact: Viktor Taransky, a producer with his career in danger, desperately needs a success. He decides to create a virtual actress named "Simone". "Simone" is perfect, gorgeous, beautiful and sexy. She's not real, but nobody knows that and she becomes a major hit.

However, this intelligent and amazing idea is ruined as Simone's fame grows to the extreme. Viktor Taransky, not to reveal the truth, is forced to "hide" her from the public and this ends up becoming too much for him. That's when the movie becomes ridiculous: he decides to ruin Simone's image in all ways, but the more he tries to do it, the more the public likes her. From this part on, the rest is pointless and pathetic. The ending is probably the worst and most ridiculous ending I've ever seen in a movie.

Al Pacino, as usual, is great and this role of Viktor Taransky is one of his best roles. The beautiful Rachel Roberts is great as "S1m0ne".

In conclusion: it's truly a pity how such a genial idea was ruined by rubbish humor. The movie had potential to be much better than this. After all, the plot was so good... a wasted opportunity. If this movie was made more carefully, it could have something special like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "The Mask".


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