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Phenomenon (1996)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  3 July 1996 (USA)
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An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

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John Travolta plays George Malley, who owns the local auto repair shop in a small California town. After celebrating his birthday with friends at the local bar/hang-out, George heads for home. He pauses to watch a strange light in the sky, then collapses for a few seconds in the middle of the deserted street. In the days and weeks that follow, George finds his IQ and consciousness expanding dramatically, and develops telekinetic abilities. Despite his attempts to explain what has happened to him, with just a very few exceptions, most of the local townspeople treat the "new" George as a freak. His state of isolation becomes even more pronounced when his new-found abilities allow him to correctly predict an earthquake, and outside authorities become interested in what's happened to him. Written by - written by: R. Merriman <wyldberi@msn.com>

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Some things in life just can't be explained.


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Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 76,886,100 (Japan) (17 January 1997)

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JPY 144,935,600 (Japan) (24 January 1997)
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Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Jason Patric were considered for the lead role. See more »

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The signals George intercepts are not high speed Morse signals as he pretended but simple old-fashioned telex transmissions. See more »

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Doc: Let's see, uh... George... George... there's a tumor in your brain, that's spread out like a hand, threads of it, you know, everywhere. But instead of dysfunction - now here's the mystery, George. Instead of destroying brain function, so far it's been stimulating it. We can't understand that. You have more area of active brain use than anybody ever tested - ever - because of those tentacles. I mean, we've seen tumors like this before, it's called astrocytoma. And it explains, uh, the dizziness,...
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A Phenomenal Experience.
23 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An ordinary small-town man (John Travolta) sees a flash of light in the sky one night and then starts to experience super-intelligence and telekinesis. Soon he is changing everyone's life for the better (most notably love interest Kyra Sedgwick, town doctor Robert Duvall and best friend Forest Whitaker). Slyly funny and innovative at first and then impressively dramatic and thought-provoking, "Phenomenon" is an effective picture that comes through because of good performances across the board and smart screen-writing. Travolta and Duvall are excellent together and they share the spotlight in the venture. Under-rated production that should be given a try. It is one of those films that will cause your emotions to come shining through. 4 stars out of 5.


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