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Simone (2002)

Al Pacino , Catherine Keener , Andrew Niccol  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts, Benjamin Salisbury, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Andrew Niccol, Bradley Cramp, Daniel Lupi, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Live, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1YQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Simone" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • 2 making-of documentaries: Cyber Stardom & Simulating S1M0NE

Editorial Reviews

After the lead actress drops out of his latest project, a movie producer replaces her with an entirely CGI-character who becomes a major star. The producer must continue the charade when the public does not realize the actress is CGI-generated.

DVD Features:
DVD ROM Features:Script-to-screen
DVD ROM exclusive web site:The real S1M0NE websites
Deleted Scenes:Deleted scenes with direct access from the film
Documentaries:Cyber Stardom; Simulating S1M0NE FX
Full Screen Version:Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Theatrical Trailer:Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and Impressive! (4.5 stars) February 13, 2003
Format:DVD
From all of the bad reviews this movie has been getting, I was expecting a pretty lousy movie. I really didn't think it was going to be that good, but I wanted to see it nonetheless because I love Al Pacino. I feel that no matter how bad a movie can be, as long as Al is in it I will be able to enjoy it on some level. To my surprise, "Simone" was extremely good and is a lot better than what I was led to believe.
Viktor Taransky is in deep trouble when his leading actress decides to walk and not do the movie he is currently filming. The studio isn't very pleased with him and is willing to fire him due to what has just transpired. Taransky wants to make films, but hates the fact that HE ends up working for the actors when they should be working for him. Then he is presented with a gift: a simulated superstar who never leaves the computer screen. Taransky has a new actress and can control her every thought and movement. Pretty soon the whole world falls in love with the digitalized woman, Simone; unaware that it is all a big hoax. But alas, what goes up must come down at some point and things quickly get out of control when it seems like the world is doing nothing but worshipping the fake superstar.
I was VERY surprised by this movie! Created by the same man behind "The Truman Show," Andrew Niccol has given us a very clever satire on superstardom and just how far fame can go. It pokes fun at the fact that we are always quick to worship some kind of icon and that we can go to ridiculous lengths. The movie was highly entertaining and amazingly funny. Al Pacino is excellent, as always. Your eyes never leave the screen when he's on camera, and he can really by funny when he wants to without having to put in too much effort.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacino makes good rebound from insomnia October 14, 2002
Al Pacino seemed very much back in his element in this right watchable flick, after his last movie had him lumbering around interminably, unable to sleep in the land of the midnight Sun. This time he plays a down-on-luck movie director whose career suddenly takes off spectacularly after he inherits a remarkable computer-animation device, called SIMULATION ONE. It can create on-screen images that viewers can't tell from real performers. With it he creates a "perfect" virtual "actress", whom he names "S1MONE", as a contraction of the device's name. Simone becomes such an overnight sensation of an "actress" that her creator is mobbed by fans and press vying for a glimpse of her. To explain why she never appears in person, he must start advancing a scenario that paints Simone to be the ultimate recluse. Doting fans still love her, and she soon wins two Oscars, which she accepts by remote video. Many seem to have trashed this movie. Maybe it offends some for being politically incorrect -- it's about an entity being entirely manipulated by a man, and that entity convincingly appears to the public to be a woman. Maybe that's too close for comfort for the PC crowd. Or maybe it's the more tangible threat posed by the likes of Simone, to eliminate the need for real flesh-and-blood actresses. But would the same not follow for actors as well? Anyhow, the plot thickens as Pacino's character finds he can pull Simone's cyberstrings and manipulate her into a cinematic sensation and a gold mine, but her burgeoning fame offscreen becomes more than he can deal with. He resolves he must end the illusion one way or another. I won't give away any more of what follows, but I for one do recommend it as a cinematic romp well worth the ride.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and funny, one of my favorite films January 11, 2006
Format:DVD
This is a very smart, funny, and observant film about Hollywood, the media in general, and the public, and how they manipulate each other. Al Pacino plays Viktor Taransky, a film director who has made some good films in the past, but has a difficult time dealing with the childish whims of spoiled stars. When his current leading lady Nichola Anders (Winona Ryder) walks off the set, the studio pulls the plug on his latest project, and Viktor finds himself suddenly struggling to keep his career alive, He receives a computer program from a fan which allows him to create a virtual actress, who he names Sim One, or Simone, who he then digitally inserts into all the scenes which Nichola had formerly occupied, and finishes his film. The film (titled "Sunrise, Sunset") opens to astonishing reviews, and everyone wants to know about this new starlet. Viktor is concerned about maintaining the illusion that Simone is an actual person, so much of the rest of the movie is devoted to providing necessary media exposure for Simone, while concealing the fact that she doesn't really exist outside of a computer. Viktor cleverly arranges for remote interviews on popular talk shows, even a "live" (actually holographic) concert appearance. One very funny sequence involves arranging for Simone to be seen driving in freeway traffic, and conversing with Viktors ex-wife Elaine, who is driving in an adjacent car. In another scene, Viktor simulates spending an evening with Simone in a posh hotel, knowing that papparazzi are outside waiting for any glimpse of her. He thus cleverly links himself to Simone even more closely in the media spotlight, and enhances his own fame. Simones second film ("Eternity Forever") only increases the adoration which the public and the media hold for her. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary Woman Coming to the Real World
This movie is memorable to me. I love that Al Pacino's character created a computerized woman for a good purpose. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Retroplore
4.0 out of 5 stars well done with interesting premise
well done with interesting premise. One of my favorite movies. Not for small children but good for thoughtful people .
Published 4 days ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth in Film
An entertaining story of a film director who desires to convey his truth in film,
but faces the problem of ego in his star actress. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen T. Zolper
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future Is Now
I saw this movie in 2003 the first time. I had to revisit this great story. It seemed far fetched in the movie, but now we see it all the time in movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James A. Ezell
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you see Her get this from Amazon. Right now it is under $5
When this movie came out it was about A I which was new and tended to divert one's focus from the real humor of the directed at the elephant that is Hollywood egos. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John W. Van Hoy III
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strange and ver unique - a must see
Al Pacino plays down and out very well. He makes this movie interesting and I have seen it more than once. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Bubl
4.0 out of 5 stars Simone
This is a great movie. I liked it a lot. Somehow the critics did not like it much. Maybe because it was so close to the truth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter von Wiegandt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Better Movie Than Expected
I missed this movie when it came out. It is a really great movie. I saw part if it on the television. It was so good that I had to order the dvd. Al Pacino is a great actor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Numb3rTech
5.0 out of 5 stars Simone
This very entertaining and intelligent movie is a wonderful allegory about how people seem to have a need to invest otherwise ordinary human beings with all of their hopes and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Petrosky
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films on Hollyweird ever made
Like some others, I don't understand why there are negative reviews on this film. Perhaps the reviewers aren't sufficiently familiar with Hollywood to get the satire. Read more
Published 10 months ago by brainout
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