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Phenomenon (1996)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  3 July 1996 (USA)
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An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

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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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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 76,886,100 (Japan) (17 January 1997)

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JPY 144,935,600 (Japan) (24 January 1997)
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Old town Auburn, CA was used for the scenes in town. Most of the businesses there are still in operation, and thrive off of the tourism generated by the movie to this day. See more »

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During the Doc's "sleep better tonight" tirade at the bar, there is a beer glass in his foreground, even though he smashed them all with his mug. Also it doesn't show in the reverse angle. See more »

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Bonnie: George Malley! You learned the Portuguese language in 20 minutes?
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Have A Little Faith In Me
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One of my all-time favorites.
12 March 2000 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

This movie doesn't get the credit that it deserves. Travolta's speech at the end of the movie to the doctor is incredible. Rarely do I ever see a movie that acknowledges the value of a single human life like this movie does. Most movies glorify sacrifice. This movie glorifies life. I highly recommend it.


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