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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Malley
... Lace Pennamin
... Nate Pope
... Doc Brunder
... Prof. John Ringold
... Dr. Wellin
... Al Pennamin
... Glory Pennamin
... Tito
... Banes
... Jimmy
... Roger
... FBI Agent Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
... Ted Rhome
... Dr. Bob Niedorf
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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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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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Kyra Sedgwick, Sean O'Brien, and Tony Genaro appeared in Heart and Souls (1993). See more »

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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 »

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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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Piece Of Clay
Written by Pam Sawyer (as Pamela Sawyer) and Gloria Jones
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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Highly, highly recommended love & life story with a twist
3 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I simply LOVE this movie. A celebration of life to be enjoyed & inspired by. I feel sorry for those who don't "get it" but that is their (huge) loss. I can only imagine the joy it must have brought to the director, screenwriter & musicians (wonderful soundtrack thanks Robbie Robertson) involved when they saw the final product. There are so many great "lines", so many great scenes. I've seen the movie about 6 times now and always am moved by the amazing performances of Travolta, Kyra, Whittaker & Duval. You guys were perfect! Definitely among my favorite all-time films. Thank you so much to all the above for making this gem of a movie.


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