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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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Al Pennamin
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Glory Pennamin
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Tito
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Jimmy
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,200,000, 7 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$104,636,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,036,382
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(FotoKem)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kyra Sedgwick, Sean O'Brien, and Tony Genaro appeared in Heart and Souls (1993). See more »

Goofs

When Lace has finished shaving George, the foam on George's neck alters several times. See more »

Quotes

Banes: [speaking about George's transformation] He never really changed at all. Isn't that right Doc? I mean he never really got any smarter. Doc?
Doc: Banes... how's your lady love?
Banes: We... um... we broke up.
Doc: Really? That's too bad, yeah. Now George has a love at his side and she is sticking with him. You know why? Because he bought her chairs. That's pretty smart to me. You ever buy Lisa's chairs?'
Banes: Doc's real drunk tonight.
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Soundtracks

Baby Love
Written by Eddie Holland (as E. Holland), Lamont Dozier (as L. Dozier), and Brian Holland (as B. Holland)
Performed by The Supremes
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Feel good factor in a box!
17 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Phenomenon is a brilliant movie. Although it has a sad ending, this really is the feel good factor in a box. John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forrest Whitaker and Robert Duvall exceed themselves in in their roles and gel together very well. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. Do not be deceived by the title or the case however, this is not another sci-fi beat 'em up movie. It is a romantic drama with a cast and soundtrack that comes together to make a very enjoyable 2 hours of viewing. It contains a unique formula that will make you laugh and cry. Very enjoyable indeed.


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