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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Gerald Di Pego (written by)
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Release Date:
3 July 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some things in life just can't be explained.
Plot:
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
More than it might seem to be See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... George Malley

Kyra Sedgwick ... Lace Pennamin

Forest Whitaker ... Nate Pope

Robert Duvall ... Doc Brunder

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Prof. John Ringold

Richard Kiley ... Dr. Wellin

David Gallagher ... Al Pennamin
Ashley Buccille ... Glory Pennamin

Tony Genaro ... Tito

Sean O'Bryan ... Banes

Michael Milhoan ... Jimmy

Troy Evans ... Roger

Bruce A. Young ... FBI Agent Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)

Vyto Ruginis ... Ted Rhome

Brent Spiner ... Dr. Bob Niedorf

Elisabeth Nunziato ... Ella

Ellen Geer ... Bonnie

James Keane ... Pete the Cop

Susan Merson ... Nurse

James Anthony Cotton ... Cal, Hospital Orderly (as James Cotton)
Justin DiPego ... UFO Man
Mark Soper ... KCUD-TV Reporter

Daniel Zacapa ... Father at Book Fair
Cab Covay ... Book Fair Heckler
Tony A. Mattos ... Ella's Father
Mark Valim ... Alberto
Carl D. Parker ... Man in Orchard (as Carl Parker)

Beth Kennedy ... Female FBI Agent
Tom Fridley ... Male FBI Agent

Richard Gross ... Customer at Malley's
Jack Chouchanian ... MRI Technician
Michael Forner ... Charlie Shipper
Sage Callaway ... Female Officer
Jewel Benedict ... Townswoman (May)
Betsy Berryhill ... Townswoman (at bar)
Mariann V. Carothers ... Townswoman (furniture store owner)
Claudia Crespin ... Townswoman (in crowd)
Joseph A. Nicosia ... Townsman (man #2 at bar)
Dan Partain ... Townsman (man #3 at bar)
Isaac Reiswig ... Townsman (in crowd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joseph Amey ... Book fair spectator (uncredited)
Mike Justice ... College student (uncredited)

Noah Michael Levine ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Anni Long ... Maj. Benz (uncredited)

Scott Mullin ... Agent (uncredited)
Will Prater ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Anthony Snow ... Interrogation Recorder (uncredited)
Sandy Stoltz ... Duck Carnie (uncredited)
Eric Tignini ... Agent (uncredited)
Derek Zemrak ... FBI Investigator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jon Turteltaub 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gerald Di Pego (written by) (as Gerald Dipego)

Produced by
Barbara Boyle .... producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... executive producer (as Jonathan Krane)
Charles Newirth .... executive producer
Michael Taylor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
 
Casting by
Renee Rousselot 
 
Production Design by
Garreth Stover 
 
Art Direction by
Bruce Alan Miller 
 
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... key hair stylist (as Frida Aradottier)
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist: Mr. Travolta (as Michelle Buhler)
Hallie D'Amore .... key makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist: Mr. Travolta
 
Production Management
Allegra Clegg .... production supervisor
Charles Newirth .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... second assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen .... first assistant director (as Geoff Hansen)
Eric Tignini .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
James Burke .... greensman
Victoria Carlson .... stand-by painter
Chris Cornwell .... assistant art director
Gary Deaton .... construction coordinator
Richard Fernandez .... set designer
Bobby Joe Garren .... greensman (as Bobby J. Garren)
Michael Gastaldo .... assistant property master
Gerald Lehtola .... art department coordinator (as Gerald R. Lehtola)
Kimberlee Lucas .... set estimator (as Kimberlee R. Lucas)
Robert Lucas .... leadman
Doni McMillan .... assistant property master (as Donald A. McMillan)
Robin L. Miller .... property master
Kenny Montante .... leadman (as Kenneth Montante)
Troy Alan Peters .... on-set dresser (as Troy Peters)
Lori Rowbotham .... set designer
Dwight Williams .... construction foreman
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman (uncredited)
William Boyd .... general foreman (uncredited)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Mary Locatell .... illustrator (uncredited)
Nanci Noblett .... set designer (uncredited)
Tom Richardson .... set painter (uncredited)
Doug Sieck .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Behle .... sound re-recordist
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Gary Dowling .... cableman
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Howell Gibbens .... sound editor
Michael Herbick .... re-recording mixer
Robert Jackson .... boom operator (as Robert C. Jackson)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer (as Ronald Judkins)
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Jack Keller .... sound re-recordist
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Jeena M. Phelps .... assistant sound editor (as Jeena Phelps)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Scott Weber .... foley mixer
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects coordinator
Rod M. Janusch .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Nikki Bell .... production assistant: SPI
Mageara Cameron .... visual effects coordinator: SPI
Louis Cetorelli .... CG supervisor: SPI
Jerome Chen .... senior technical designer: SPI
Heather Davis Baker .... lead digital compositor: SPI (as Heather Davis)
Mark Holmes .... Flame artist: SPI
Ivo Horvat .... conceptual illustrator: SPI
Martin A. Kline .... visual effects art director: SPI (as Marty Kline)
Christopher Leone .... lead film recordist: SPI (as Chris Leone)
Raquel Morales .... digital matte painter: SPI
Mike Perry .... particle animator: SPI
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Jody Rogers .... visual effects editor: SPI
Aileen Timmers .... visual effects producer: SPI
Ian Wosiski .... technical assistant: SPI
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Audrea Topps Harjo .... production software coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David Cadiente .... stunts
Jeff Cadiente .... stunt coordinator
Anita Hart .... stunts
Mark Riccardi .... stunts
Erik Stabenau .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Audie Aragon .... dolly grip
Jack Chouchanian .... grip
Joseph Emanuele .... electrician (as Joseph G. Emanuele)
Robert Gray .... key grip
Khan Griffith .... electrician
Mark Hadland .... best boy electric
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera
D.J. Harder .... second assistant camera
Philip Ho .... grip (as Phil Ho)
Scott Howell .... best boy grip (as Scott A. Howell)
Doug Hunt .... video assist (as Douglas W. Hunt)
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer (as Ian R. Kincaid)
Cindy Lagerstrom .... electrician (as Cynthia K. Lagerstrom)
Robert 'Boomer' McCann .... grip (as Robert J. 'Boomer' McCann)
Thomas Nead .... rigging gaffer (as Thomas G. Nead)
Wally Pfister .... camera operator
Boris Price .... camera loader
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Terry Sullivan .... electrician
John T. Connor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Glenn Fishel .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Hood .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Dale Myrand .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beau Bonneau .... casting: San Francisco
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Michele Juskowitz .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... costumer: Mr. Travolta
Lori DeLapp .... costumes (as Lori McClellen)
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Elaine Perlmann .... costumes (as Elaine Davis)
 
Editorial Department
Theron Alford .... editorial intern
Tzarina V. Edillon .... assistant editor (as Tzarina V. Edillon Burrell)
Mark V. Phillips .... assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer (as Robert Putynkowski)
David Rennie .... associate editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Amy Tompkins .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Jordan Corngold .... assistant music editor
Norman Dlugatch .... technical score engineer (as Norm Dlugatch)
George Doering .... musician
Art Ford .... music consultant
Dominic Gonzales .... score floor person
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Stephanie Murray .... scoring stage administrator
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Spencer Proffer .... music consultant
John Richards .... music recordist
Robbie Robertson .... executive soundtrack producer
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixed by (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... music recorded by (as Dennis Sands)
Allen Sides .... music mixer
Allen Sides .... music recordist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Tom Winslow .... additional music engineer
Tom Winslow .... additional music mixer
Brian Benison .... music preparation (uncredited)
Brad Gilderman .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Randy Cantor .... transportation captain
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Tony Brazas .... driver: Mr. Travolta (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan .... driver (uncredited)
Mike H. Wilson .... picture car production assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Matt Adler .... adr voice
Tony Alda .... adr voice
Michael Alexander .... animal trainer
Charles Bazaldua .... adr voice
Dale Becker .... production assistant
Tiger Bela .... assistant: Mr. Taylor/Ms. Boyle
Gray Beverley .... assistant: Mr. Whitaker (as John 'Gray' Beverly)
Mauro Blanco .... dubbing artist
Christine Bloomingdale .... studio teacher
Paul Boyle .... production assistant
George A. Cassell III .... production assistant (as George Cassell)
Denise Collins .... production assistant
Sheigh Crabtree .... production assistant
Robert Dawson .... main title sequence designed by
Sara Dee .... assistant: Mr. Newirth (as Sara B. Dee)
David Denison .... production assistant (as David C. Denison)
Michael Dermer .... production assistant (as Michael B. Dermer)
Holly Dorff .... adr voice
Peter Evangelatos .... craft service
Efrain Figueroa .... adr voice
Greg Finley .... adr voice
Vivian Gosnell .... assistant location manager
Barbara Harris .... adr voice (as Barbara Iley)
Debra James .... production coordinator
Michael R. Kern .... assistant accountant
Mara Kerum .... catering: Tony's Food Service
Jennie Latham .... production assistant (as Jennie Marie Latham)
Paul LaZebnik .... assistant production coordinator
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist
Kamala Lopez .... adr voice (as Kamala Dawson)
Kimberlyn Lucken .... assistant: Mr. Krane (as Kimberlyn M. Lucken)
Maria Helena Martins .... adr voice
Liz Matthews .... location manager
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Ms. Sedgwick
Mary Mooney .... assistant: Jon Turteltaub
Robert J. Morton .... on-set assistant: Mr. Travolta
Kathleen M. Murray .... assistant: Mr. Duvall
Diana Leigh Myers .... assistant location manager (as Diana Myers)
Christine Pawlowski .... assistant accountant
Randol Perelman-Taylor .... production assistant
Jolanta Piwowarczyk .... assistant accountant
David Randolph .... adr voice
Dale Raoul .... adr voice
Noreen Reardon .... adr voice
Douglas V.R. Shellow .... production secretary
Guy J. Snow .... production assistant
Rebecca Stefan .... production assistant
Cheryl A. Stone .... production accountant (as Cheryl Stone)
Susan Such .... executive assistant: Mr. Travolta
Philip Wood .... travel services: World Travel
David Zyler .... adr voice (as David Kramer)
Tony Brazas .... assistant: Mr. Travolta (uncredited)
Dylan J. Hay Chapman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Higham .... programmer (uncredited)
Edward Hodges .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer: Tony's Food Service (uncredited)
Staci Marengo .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sheree Green .... special thanks: commissioner, Sonoma County Film Office
Bill Hollibaugh .... special thanks
Jennifer Jasper .... special thanks: commissioner, Placer County Film Office
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and mild sensuality
Runtime:
123 min
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Color:
Color (FotoKem)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Jason Patric were considered for the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Doc:Every woman has her chair, something she needs to put herself into, Banes. You ever figure out what Lisa's chairs were and buy 'em?
[pause]
Doc:Nope. But, you're right about one thing, George never changed.
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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
More than it might seem to be, 8 October 2003
Author: daghda_jim from Burke, Virginia

I think any movie that can be described as both (a) a Scientology recruiting pamphlet, and (b) an analogy to Jesus' life has to be a bit out of the ordinary. In some ways, this film reminds me of another seeming science fiction movie that really turned out to be about people's response to the unusual: `Charly' In both films an extraordinary increase in intelligence frightened the people around the main character; they just couldn't deal with it and feared him for it. The love story was a gem. Lacy had obviously been badly hurt by a past relationship, and simply didn't want to encourage George's love. But when he began to be hurt by the way some of his friends treated him, she warmed and opened her heart to him. The way George tried to describe how he looked at things differently and saw relationships that he'd never seen before reminded me of classical descriptions of the act of creativity in many fields. And it's a sad thing but true that we are all capable of concentrating harder and focusing on things to achieve more, but it's very difficult, and more often than not, we tend to take the easier road. Good thought-provoking flick.

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