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Simon (1980 film)

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Directed by Marshall Brickman
Produced by Martin Bregman
Screenplay by Marshall Brickman
Story by Marshall Brickman
Thomas Baum
Starring Alan Arkin
Madeline Kahn
Austin Pendleton
Wallace Shawn
Fred Gwynne
Studio Orion Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 1980
Country USA
Language English
Box office $6,000,000

Simon is a 1980 American comedy film. It was directed by Marshall Brickman and stars Alan Arkin.

Plot summary

The Institute for Advanced Concepts, a group of scientists with an unlimited budget and a propensity for elaborate pranks, brainwash a psychology professor named Simon Mendelssohn who was abandoned at birth and manage to convince him, and the rest of the world, that he is of extraterrestrial origin. Simon escapes and attempts to reform American culture by overriding TV signals with a high power TV transmitter, becoming a national celebrity in the process.



Alan Arkin was nominated for Best Actor in the 1981 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.[1]

Home video availability

In 1998, the film was released in VHS format by Warner Home Video and is now out of print. A remastered copy of the film was released via Warner Archives' Made To Order DVD-R service in 2011 in its original full-frame 16x9 (1.85:1) format.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
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