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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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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)

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

Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Jason Patric were considered for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When George uses the tape recorder to record the Morse code signals, there's no tape in the recorder. See more »

Quotes

Bonnie: George Malley! You learned the Portuguese language in 20 minutes?
George Malley: Not all of it.
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Connections

Spoofed in Seinfeld: The Abstinence (1996) See more »

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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Augmented Human Interest
12 August 2000 | by (Somewhere, out there) – See all my reviews

I'm not usually inspired to review your average hollywood fare, but I was moved by this film. Not only did it portray dramatic tension between one who is experiencing 'supernatural' awareness and their hokey, small-town friends, but Phenomenon also gains rank by being one of the first few films with a completely 'open mind.' I attribute its existence to the film Powder, which came out a few years ago, and I am honestly looking forward to more innovative dramas in a similar vein.

It will probably not become a classic, but it deserves to be seen in its time. Perhaps the honesty of this film will inspire other, greater filmmakers with more influence to change their ways and provide more thinking elements in their films.

Watch it with a loved one on a Saturday night.

A good alternative to show those boyfriends who are caught up in their own male-ness. Try this before plopping in Gone with the Wind. It may bridge the gap.


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