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Phenomenon (1996)

PG  |   |  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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3 July 1996 (USA)  »

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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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At one point Wolfgang Petersen was attached to direct. 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 »

Quotes

Doc: [George has just made a pen move across the table] Th-that's telekinesis!
George Malley: Yeah... is that O.K?
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Misty Blue
Written by Bob Montgomery
Performed by Dorothy Moore
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the magic of energy in everything and everyone

Phenomenon is a story about energy that is in everything and everyone. It's a very subtle and philosophical film that expresses more than meets your senses. It goes right for your heart and stays there. One might argue that it is a very "sugarsweet" tale of the things that make life (worthwhile), but there is so much more to it. The heart of the matter is that nothing goes to waste in the universe. Everything is on it's way to somewhere all the time. Energy will manifest itself without getting tired. Things, bodies, thoughts, even love, are all vessels that are secondary to the spirit that drives them. This sounds all very vague and maybe even religious-like. But indeed some things are hard to explain. Questions are often a waste of time. So don't ask where all this energy originates from. Phenomenon will not provide the answer, at least it is not pretentious in that direction because the makers realize that the human-mind is unfit to grasp this in the first place. Phenomenology is the philosophical school that investigates how things appear in the world. The film shows that it is often slightly or profoundly different from how it looks at first hand. I enjoyed the simple way of presenting this very complicated message that matters to all of us and everything else too.


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