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Phenomenon (1996) Poster

(1996)

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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.
Assuming the man in Dr. Bob Niedorf's (Brent Spiner's) question is from California, then the question is answered at 12:12 p.m. on July 26, 1996.
Released on the same day as Independence Day (1996), which also featured Brent Spiner.
Brent Spiner filmed his role in a day.
Sean Penn, Ed Harris, and Jason Patric were considered for the lead role.
(At around twenty minutes) Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) is an amateur radio operator with the call sign "WB6QLF". QLF is amateur shorthand for "I am sending with my left foot", a reference to someone whose Morse Code sending skill is very bad. This is normally sent as a question "QLF?" meaning "Are you sending with your left foot?" to an operator who is very difficult to understand in Morse. WB6QLF is a real call sign belonging to a Charles B. Roblin of Victorville, California. There is also a QSL card in the background, with the call sign "K6KAP". This is a real amateur ("ham") radio call sign that belongs to Mach Myovich of Merced, California. Much of the radio equipment shown in the movie was purchased from the Ham Radio Outlet store that he was managing in Oakland, California.
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.
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The orchard scene was filmed at Machado's Orchards in Auburn, California, off Bowman Road.
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John Travolta and David Gallagher appeared in Look Who's Talking Now (1993).
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At one point, Wolfgang Petersen was attached to direct.
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There is a plaque in the street in Old Town Auburn, California where George stood and saw the "light". In 2015, the original plaque was stolen, and a new one was placed more securely to replace it.
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