Simon (1980 film)
|Directed by||Marshall Brickman|
|Produced by||Martin Bregman|
|Screenplay by||Marshall Brickman|
|Story by||Marshall Brickman
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||February 1980|
|Running time||97 minutes|
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 - Prof. Simon Mendelssohn
- Madeline Kahn - Dr. Cynthia Malloy
- Austin Pendleton - Dr. Carl Becker
- Judy Graubart - Lisa
- William Finley - Fichandler
- Jayant - Barundi
- Wallace Shawn - Eric Van Dongen
- Max Wright - Leon Hundertwasser
- Fred Gwynne - Maj. Gen. Korey
- Adolph Green - Commune leader
Alan Arkin was nominated for Best Actor in the 1981 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Home video availability
In 1981 and 1990, the film was released on 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.
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