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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 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
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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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Taglines:

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:

Fenomen See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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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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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

John Travolta and David Gallagher appeared in Look Who's Talking Now (1993). 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

Doc: [Doc sits on the side of George's hospital bed looking sorrowful] "God damn it. Somethin' happened about 25 years ago when you broke your leg and I set it, George. I don't know what to call it, but uh, somehow you got into my heart more than most. And f... and for a man who's never been a father, I sure feel like I'm losing a son. Yeah. Georgie. Yeah."
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No Te Olvidare (I'll Never Forget You)
Written by Roy Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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Highly, highly recommended love & life story with a twist
3 July 2008 | by geer-9See 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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