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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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George Malley
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Lace Pennamin
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Nate Pope
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Doc
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Professor Ringold
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Dr. Wellin
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Al
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Glory
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Tito
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Banes
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Jimmy
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Roger
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Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
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Ted Rhome
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Dr. Bob
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Ella
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Bonnie
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Pete the Cop
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Nurse
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Cal (as James Cotton)
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UFO Man
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Reporter
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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)
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Female FBI Agent
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Male FBI Agent
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Customer at Malley's
Jack Chouchanian ...
MRI Technician
Michael Forner ...
Charlie Shipper
Sage Callaway ...
Female Officer
Jewel Benedict ...
Townspeople
Betsy Berryhill ...
Townspeople
Mariann V. Carothers ...
Townspeople
Claudia Crespin ...
Townspeople
Joseph A. Nicosia ...
Townspeople
Dan Partain ...
Townspeople
Isaac Reiswig ...
Townspeople
Charlie ...
Attila
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Book fair spectator (uncredited)
Mike Justice ...
College student (uncredited)
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Local Boy (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
Anni Long ...
Maj. Benz (uncredited)
Scott Mullin ...
Agent (uncredited)
Will Prater ...
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
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Interrogation Recorder (uncredited)
Theodore Carl Soderberg ...
Officer (uncredited)
Sandy Stoltz ...
Duck Carnie (uncredited)
Eric Tignini ...
Agent (uncredited)
Erick Vinther ...
Professor (uncredited)
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FBI Investigator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jon Turteltaub

Written by

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Gerald Di Pego ... (written by) (as Gerald Dipego)

Produced by

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Barbara Boyle ... producer
Jonathan D. Krane ... executive producer (as Jonathan Krane)
Charles Newirth ... executive producer
Michael Taylor ... producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Phedon Papamichael ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bruce Green

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Renee Rousselot

Production Design by

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Garreth Stover

Art Direction by

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Bruce Alan Miller

Set Decoration by

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Jay Hart

Costume Design by

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Betsy Cox

Makeup Department

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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

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Allegra Clegg ... production supervisor
Charles Newirth ... unit production manager
Miguel Ángel Poveda ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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George Bamber ... second assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen ... first assistant director (as Geoff Hansen)
Eric Tignini ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Mike Anderson ... carpenter
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

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David Behle ... sound re-recordist
Michael Broomberg ... foley artist
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

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David Blitstein ... special effects coordinator
Rod M. Janusch ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Nikki Bell ... production assistant: SPI
Mageara Cameron ... visual effects coordinator: SPI
Rusty Case ... senior systems architect
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

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David Cadiente ... stunts
Jeff Cadiente ... stunt coordinator
Anita Hart ... stunts
Mark Riccardi ... stunts
Erik Stabenau ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph J. Allen ... grip
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)
Christopher Hood ... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Dale Myrand ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Beau Bonneau ... casting: San Francisco
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Michele Juskowitz ... casting associate
Susan Maas ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)
Amy Jo Hoppenfeld ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Vivian Gosnell ... assistant location manager
Liz Matthews ... location manager
Diana Leigh Myers ... assistant location manager (as Diana Myers)

Music Department

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Bill Bernstein ... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov ... music preparation
David Campbell ... conductor / music arranger / orchestrator
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
Opie Gruves ... music re-mixing coordinator
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
Thom Russo ... music producer
Dennis S. Sands ... music mixer (as Dennis Sands) / music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Allen Sides ... music mixer / music recordist
Chas Smith ... exotic instruments
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn
Paul Wertheimer ... score recordist
Tom Winslow ... additional music engineer / additional music mixer
Brian Benison ... music preparation (uncredited)
Brad Gilderman ... music mixer (uncredited)
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Alicia Accardo ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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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)

Additional Crew

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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
Gina Crane ... product placement coordinator (as Gina M. Crane)
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
Blanche Aurore Duault ... publicist
Peter Evangelatos ... craft service
Efrain Figueroa ... adr voice
Greg Finley ... adr voice
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
Susan Mieras ... assistant: Ms. Sedgwick
Mary Mooney ... assistant: Jon Turteltaub
Robert J. Morton ... on-set assistant: Mr. Travolta
Kathleen M. Murray ... assistant: Mr. Duvall
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
Anthony Snow ... stand-in
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

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Some things in life just can't be explained. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Phénomène (France)
  • Phenomenon - Das Unmögliche wird wahr (Germany)
  • Phenomenon - Das Unmögliche wird wahr (Austria)
  • A csodabogár (Hungary)
  • Феномен (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Box Office

Budget $32,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $16,200,000, 07 Jul 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $152,036,382

Did You Know?

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Trivia Old town Auburn, California was used for the scenes in town. Most of the businesses are still in operation, and thrive off of the tourism generated by the movie to this day. Auburn is also the birthplace of Kane Hodder who played Jason Voorhees in one of the Friday the 13th movies. See more »
Goofs Early in the film, George talks to the two children who are in their mother's pick-up truck parked on the street, with the boy sitting in the driver's seat pretending he's driving. George asks the boy to "Pop the hood", which is followed by the sound of the hood latch being released as though the boy did indeed release the hood from the driver's position. This is impossible, as vehicles of that pick-up truck's vintage (late '50's) did not have hood releases located inside the vehicle. Instead, the hood release lever was activated by reaching through the grill on the front of the vehicle. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Independence Day/Special Effects/Phenomenon (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Love Child See more »
Quotes Dr. Bob Niedorf: All right, I'll start the questions, and I'll be timing your responses, and we'll be recording. Any questions?
George Malley: What's your first name?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: Uh, my first name is Bob.
[George reaches across the wide table to shake hands]
George Malley: Shoot, Bob.
Dr. Bob Niedorf: Right. Name as many mammals as you can in 60 seconds. Ready? Go.
[Starts stopwatch]
George Malley: Hmm. 60 seconds. Well, how would you like that? How about alphabetical? Aardvark, baboon, caribou, dolphin, eohippus, fox, gorilla, hyena, ibex, jackal, kangaroo, lion, marmoset, Newfoundland, ocelot, panda, rat, sloth, tiger, unicorn, varmint, whale, yak, zebra. Now "varmint" is a stretch; so is "Newfoundland" (that's a dog breed); "unicorn" is mythical; "eohippus" is prehistoric. But you weren't being very specific, now, were you, Bob?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [pauses, then stops watch and laughs] Well! Ahh, I'll, uh - I'll try to be more specific. You ready for the next one?
George Malley: Shoot.
Dr. Bob Niedorf: Answer as quickly as you can... how old is a person born in 1928?
[starts stopwatch]
George Malley: Man or a woman?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [stops stopwatch and pauses] Why?
George Malley: Specifics, Bob.
Dr. Bob Niedorf: Okay, one more time. How old is a MAN born in 1928?
[starts stopwatch]
George Malley: Still alive?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [stops watch, pauses, nods] If a man is born in 1928, and he's still alive, how old is he?
[starts stopwatch]
George Malley: What month?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [stops stopwatch] If a man was born October 3rd, 1928, and he's still alive, how old is he?
[starts stopwatch]
George Malley: What time?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [stops stopwatch] 10 o'clock... PM!
[starts stopwatch]
George Malley: Where?
Dr. Bob Niedorf: [stops stopwatch; now impatient] Anywhere!
George Malley: Well, let's get specific, Bob! I mean, if the guy's still alive, born in California, October 3rd, 1928, 10 PM, he's 67 years, 9 months, 22 days, 14 hours, and...
[takes Bob's hand to see his wristwatch]
George Malley: ... and 12 minutes. If he was born in New York, he's 3 hours older, now isn't he?
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