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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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Tito
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Roger
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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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$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

There is a plaque in the street in Old Town Auburn, CA where John stood and saw the "light". In 2015, the original plaque was stolen and new one was placed more securely to replace it. See more »

Goofs

When George opens the gates to his garden to let the rabbit out, there is more than enough room under each gate for a rabbit to enter or leave his garden at will. See more »

Quotes

Doc: [Doc sits on the side of George's hospital bed looking sorrowful] "God damn it. Somethin' happened about 25 years ago when you broke your leg and I set it, George. I don't know what to call it, but uh, somehow you got into my heart more than most. And f... and for a man who's never been a father, I sure feel like I'm losing a son. Yeah. Georgie. Yeah."
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Change The World
Written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Performed by Eric Clapton
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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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