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Phenomenon (1996)

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An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writer:

Gerald Di Pego (as Gerald Dipego)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... George Malley
Kyra Sedgwick ... Lace Pennamin
Forest Whitaker ... Nate Pope
Robert Duvall ... Doc
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Professor Ringold
Richard Kiley ... Dr. Wellin
David Gallagher ... Al
Ashley Buccille ... Glory
Tony Genaro ... Tito
Sean O'Bryan ... Banes
Michael Milhoan ... Jimmy
Troy Evans ... Roger
Bruce A. Young ... Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
Vyto Ruginis ... Ted Rhome
Brent Spiner ... Dr. Bob
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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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Trivia

John Travolta (George Malley) & Forrest Whitaker (Nate Pope) would star together again 4 years later in "Battlefield Earth" (2000). See more »

Goofs

George is spinning the sunglasses for everyone to see when the TV reporter asks his cameraman if he's "getting this." Camera man gives a thumbs up, however, his camera view is partially obscured by a guy in a brown coat. If the camera is actually pointed to the sunglasses (to a table that is thigh-high), the view would have been obscured even more. 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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Alternate Versions

NBC network television version features alternate/new footage not present in the theatrical and home video releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MovieBerto: Phenomenon (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Come See About Me
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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One of my all-time favorites.
12 March 2000 | by a16a16kSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phenomenon See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,158,901, 7 July 1996

Gross USA:

$104,636,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,036,382
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Company Credits

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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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