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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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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) (7 July 1996)

Gross:

$104,636,382 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lace Pennamin: So, let me ask you something, George. When a man comes over with a basket full of tomatoes, what is he expecting? Dinner?
George Malley: Nah, no, no. Just hoping.
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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

No Te Olvidare (I'll Never Forget You)
Written by Roy Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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Best movie of the year (1996)
9 April 2005 | by (Chicago area, United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie in the theater, I was on a first date with a nice lady. However, she appeared to not be moved by the movie and showed no emotions at all, not even one tear. Seeing as how this movie is a real tear jerker, I thought she was not my kind of women. I have seen this movie about 10 times (or so) and never tire of it. Absolutely wonderful. Great casting, writing, directing and acting. Everyone involved is at their very best! Truly a "must see" movie. John Travolta was superb here and Kyra Sedgewick was at her very best! This movie is pure magic. It made me cry happy and sad tears. Truly a remarkable achievement. Enjoy.


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