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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some things in life just can't be explained.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$16,158,901, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. 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

George Malley: [this is from a scene cut from the normal version, after George has escaped from the hospital] ... and this I wrote for you, Nate. This is about soils and some of my own thoughts.
Nate Pope: Your thoughts?
George Malley: Yea.
Nate Pope: You write down the secret to life in here, George?
George Malley: Ahh Nate, you think I know that?
Nate Pope: I think you know something. What? You sum it up in this book here? Or maybe you didn't sum it up. Maybe you think I wouldn't get it, or that I wouldn't understand it.
George Malley: Ahh Nate, you already know it.
Nate Pope: I want you to tell...
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Para Donde Vas
Written by Joe Cabral and Rod Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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More than it might seem to be
8 October 2003 | by daghda_jimSee all my reviews

I think any movie that can be described as both (a) a Scientology recruiting pamphlet, and (b) an analogy to Jesus' life has to be a bit out of the ordinary. In some ways, this film reminds me of another seeming science fiction movie that really turned out to be about people's response to the unusual: `Charly' In both films an extraordinary increase in intelligence frightened the people around the main character; they just couldn't deal with it and feared him for it. The love story was a gem. Lacy had obviously been badly hurt by a past relationship, and simply didn't want to encourage George's love. But when he began to be hurt by the way some of his friends treated him, she warmed and opened her heart to him. The way George tried to describe how he looked at things differently and saw relationships that he'd never seen before reminded me of classical descriptions of the act of creativity in many fields. And it's a sad thing but true that we are all capable of concentrating harder and focusing on things to achieve more, but it's very difficult, and more often than not, we tend to take the easier road. Good thought-provoking flick.


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