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Year: 2002
USA: New Line Cinema
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr, Evan Rachel Wood, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Tony Crane, Jason Schwartzman, Stanley Anderson, Derrex Brady, Susan Chuang, Chris Coppola, Sean Cullen, Lily Cunningham, Meave Cunningham, Edward C Gillow, Claudia Jordan, Alan Loayza, Alec Murdock, Robert Musgrave, Christopher Neiman, Barry Papick, Adrian R'Mante, Barbra Rae, Deborah Rawlings, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Clyde Tull, Camille Wainwright, Michael Weston, Jeff Williams
Director: Andrew Niccol
Country: USA
UK: 117 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some sensuality
UK Certificate: PG contains some mild language and sexual references
USA Release Date: 23 August 2002
UK Release Date: 25 October 2002


What does a producer do when the star of his film walks out?

Well this one, thinking fast on his feet and desperate to save his career, which is on the line, digitally creates an actress called 'Simone' - completely fabricated but wholly believable. Simone 'stands in' for the absent star and becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well.

Trouble is everyone thinks Simone's a real person and as she becomes a celebrity her creator cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world.

SIMONE is written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol, and the character of Simone is played by model-turned-actress Rachel Roberts.

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