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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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Glory Pennamin
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

at 20:41 (NTSC) the beginning of chapter 5, Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) is an Amateur Radio operator with the call sign WB6QLF. QLF is amateur shorthand for "I am sending with my left foot", a reference to someone whose Morse Code sending skill is very bad. This is normally sent as a question "QLF?" meaning "Are you sending with your left foot?" to an operator who is very difficult to understand in Morse. WB6QLF is an actual call sign belonging to a Charles B. Roblin of Victorville. There is also a QSL card in the background with the call sign K6KAP. This is a real amateur ("ham") radio call sign that belongs to a Mach Myovich of Merced, California. Much of the radio equipment shown in the movie was purchased from the Ham Radio Outlet store that he was managing in Oakland, CA. See more »

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When George is working on the truck with the kids, Al is tightening the air filter cover. Just before Al runs away mad, there is a shot of the fully tightened air filter cover. Later, when the FBI guy looks at it, the cover is off and you can see the filter on its tray. See more »

Quotes

George Malley: Everything is on its way to somewhere.
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Connections

Referenced in The Queen Latifah Show: John Travolta/Alicia Keys (2013) See more »

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Have A Little Faith In Me
Written by John Hiatt
Performed by Jewel Kilcher (as Jewel)
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Sometimes you just gotta go with it
16 September 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Phenomenon" is about a small town auto mechanic (Travolta) who experiences something he can only describe as being "light" and suddenly has peculiar powers such as being able to learn to speak Portuguese in 20 minutes or understanding Dianetics. At issue is, will these powers, which make him the object of fear and awe by the townsfolk, help of hurt his chances with his reluctant love interest (Sedgwick). An pleasant little folksy, Mayberry RFDish flick, "Phenomenon" sticks to the people story and doesn't go off into sci-fi-land as it conjures up the warm and fuzzies, takes a romantic turn with the best haircut & shave since "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway", and tries hard to deliver a message about what's important in life. Yes, the film gets a little sugary sweet but...okay, it gets a lot sugary sweet...but, if you go with it and don't fight it you'll be assured of a pleasant three star watch. Good stuff for sentimentalists. (B)


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