Simon

Overview

In this far-out comedy that slams it to academia, television, and the military, Simon Alan Arkin is a puffed-up professor who is boondoggled by a group of geniuses in a think tank. Becker Austin Pendleton leads the wacked-out thinkers as they invent off-the-wall games to keep themselves amused instead of solving global problems in ecology or whatever. They manage to convince Simon he is really a space alien, but then Simon gets away from them and takes refuge in a strange commune headed up by a former television ...
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Overview

In this far-out comedy that slams it to academia, television, and the military, Simon Alan Arkin is a puffed-up professor who is boondoggled by a group of geniuses in a think tank. Becker Austin Pendleton leads the wacked-out thinkers as they invent off-the-wall games to keep themselves amused instead of solving global problems in ecology or whatever. They manage to convince Simon he is really a space alien, but then Simon gets away from them and takes refuge in a strange commune headed up by a former television executive Adolph Green whose bible is TV Guide. Simon's life does not get any easier since he is being hunted by the army with orders to shoot on sight.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
After co-writing Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan with Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman struck out on his own -- as both writer and director -- with the uneven but often hilarious Simon. A peculiar comedy with a style all its own, it features moments of strange comedic genius, such as Alan Arkin's re-enactment of the evolution of man in the space of five minutes, as well as the bizarre but terribly funny sight of Austin Pendleton getting heavily "involved" with a computer. The dialogue, like all of the film, has its ups and downs, but features a number of funny lines that echo Brickman's earlier work; for example, during a debate about the existence of God, a rabbi states, "There is clear proof there is a God -- and He doesn't know what he's doing." Brickman's timing is generally good, but the pacing of the film overall suffers, possibly because the film doesn't really have a plot and just bounces from situation to situation; it also doesn't really have a focus, taking on any number of satirical targets but not following through completely on any of them. Arkin's performance suffers somewhat because of these flaws, but on the whole he's delightful and fully committed to the material. Pendleton creates another of his strangely appealing characters, and Madeline Kahn and Judy Graubart also turn in strong support. Brickman would follow this with the more conventional Lovesick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2012
  • UPC: 883316448854
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Simon Mendelssohn
Austin Pendleton Becker
Judy Graubart Lisa
William Finley Fichandler
Jayant Barundi
Wallace Shawn Van Dongen
Max Wright Hundertwasser
Fred Gwynne Korey
Madeline Kahn Cynthia
Adolph Green Commune Leader
Yusef Bulos TV philosopher
Dick Cavett Himself
Al Cerullo Helicopter pilot
Roy Cooper General's aide
James Dukas Voice Only
Pierre Epstein Military aide at map
Sol Frieder TV rabbi
Hetty Galen Voice Only
David Gideon Security guard
William Griffis TV senator
Ed Karvoski Commune Member
Tom Kubiak Roach reaction patient
Lisa Maurer Commune Member
Jerry Mayer TV scientist
Ricky Murray Commune Member
Remak Ramsay TV newscaster
Ann Risley Pam
Rex Robbins Army Doctor
Hansford Rowe TV priest
Stephanie Segal Commune Member
David Susskind Himself
Keith Szarabajka Josh
David Warrilow Blades
Technical Credits
Marshall Brickman Director, Screenwriter
Thomas Baum Screenwriter
Martin Bregman Producer
Edward Drohan Special Effects
Nina Feinberg Editor
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Santo Loquasto Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Rauch Asst. Director
Stanley Silverman Score Composer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer, Producer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
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