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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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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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Details

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

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main part of the movie was filmed in Old Town, Auburn, California. The gas station was fake, and built in front of the U.S. Post Office in town. The bar scenes were filmed in the old Shanghai, which is now Auburn Ale House. Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall) mooned George Malley (John Travolta) from the window of then, TSUDA's store. It is now Sierra Moon Goldsmith. See more »

Goofs

George is driving over to Lace's house to give her more tomatoes when he sees her two children in a field walking home. They come up to George's tow truck and both hanging on the passenger side window when George offers them a ride. They daughter comes into the cab as seen from George's POV. Then the camera POV changes to about 20-30 feet from the rear of the truck. Both children are now outside the truck, opening the door and get in the cab of the truck in the conventional way. See more »

Quotes

Doc: [after hearing several of the townsfolk openly disparage George in the Bar] Why do ya have to tear him down? What are ya so afraid of? What have you got to lose? He wasn't selling anything! He didn't want anything from anybody! He wanted nothing from nobody! Nothing! And you people have to tear him down so you can sleep better tonight! So ya can prove that the world is flat and ya can sleep better tonite! Am I right? Am I right?... I'm right... The Hell with all of ya. The Hell with everyone of ...
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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

Featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Change The World
Written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Performed by Eric Clapton
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A Phenomenal Experience.
23 June 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

An ordinary small-town man (John Travolta) sees a flash of light in the sky one night and then starts to experience super-intelligence and telekinesis. Soon he is changing everyone's life for the better (most notably love interest Kyra Sedgwick, town doctor Robert Duvall and best friend Forest Whitaker). Slyly funny and innovative at first and then impressively dramatic and thought-provoking, "Phenomenon" is an effective picture that comes through because of good performances across the board and smart screen-writing. Travolta and Duvall are excellent together and they share the spotlight in the venture. Under-rated production that should be given a try. It is one of those films that will cause your emotions to come shining through. 4 stars out of 5.


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