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Phenomenon (1996)

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

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Prof. John Ringold
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Dr. Wellin
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Al Pennamin
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Glory Pennamin
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Tito
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Banes
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Jimmy
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Roger
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FBI Agent Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
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Ted Rhome
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,200,000 (USA) (5 July 1996)

Gross:

$104,632,573 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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Trivia

Brent Spiner filmed his role in a day. See more »

Goofs

During the Doc's "sleep better tonight" tirade at the bar, there is a beer glass in his foreground, even though he smashed them all with his mug. Also it doesn't show in the reverse angle. See more »

Quotes

George Malley: This is good, Lace. I think you're a good cook.
Lace Pennamin: No, I'm not. I only make two things pretty well: pork chops and, um, turkey.
George Malley: Hm. Which is this?
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Crazy Love
Written by Van Morrison
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very underrated
26 August 2003 | by (Tempe, AZ) – See all my reviews

My favorite movies are: Pulp fiction, Run Lola Run, Seven, and A Clockwork Orange. So how in the world do I like Phenomenon? It is very well-made (i.e. lighting, direction, editing), excellente acting, and a very strong message. Give it a real chance, and you can't deny that it is at least good. I personally gave it a 9 out of ten, and I'm rarely that generous.


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