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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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Cast

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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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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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3 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fenomen  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main part of the movie was filmed in Old Town, Auburn, California. The gas station was fake, and built in front of the U.S. Post Office in town. The bar scenes were filmed in the old Shanghai, which is now Auburn Ale House. Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall) mooned George Malley (John Travolta) from the window of then, TSUDA's store. It is now Sierra Moon Goldsmith. See more »

Goofs

George's position relative to the line on the road when he falls after being struck by the light for the first time. See more »

Quotes

Banes: What else do you know, George?
George Malley: Well, I know you're on the outs with Lisa again.
Banes: [dumbfounded] How'd you know that?
George Malley: Well, when she's living with you, she makes sure your clothes match.
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Connections

Version of The Wonderful World of Disney: Phenomenon II (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance With Life
Written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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User Reviews

A Phenomenal Experience.
23 June 2004 | by 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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