Phenomenon

Phenomenon

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Director: Jon Turteltaub, John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker

Cast: Jon Turteltaub, John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker

     
 

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Director Jon Turteltaub followed up the hit While You Were Sleeping (1995) with this fantasy similar to Charly (1968) and a film from the previous year, Powder (1994). John Travolta stars as George Malley, a humble mechanic in a rural California town. On his 37th birthday, George celebrates at a pub with friends Nate (Forest Whitaker) and Doc

Overview

Director Jon Turteltaub followed up the hit While You Were Sleeping (1995) with this fantasy similar to Charly (1968) and a film from the previous year, Powder (1994). John Travolta stars as George Malley, a humble mechanic in a rural California town. On his 37th birthday, George celebrates at a pub with friends Nate (Forest Whitaker) and Doc (Robert Duvall), the local physician. When he steps outside, George observes a bright light in the sky that knocks him briefly unconscious. When he awakens, George has incredible intellectual powers. He checks books out of the library in armfuls, becomes an inventor, a psychic, has telekinetic powers, predicts an earthquake, and memorizes Portuguese in minutes. Using his newfound powers, George becomes a hero, but he can't totally win over the spooked townsfolk or the standoffish Lace (Kyra Sedgwick), a single mom burned by love once too often. As George's kindness breaks down Lace's reserve and a romance begins, his fame spreads, bringing him to the attention of the FBI and curious university scientists. Similarities between George's powers and the alleged benefits of Travolta's religion, Scientology, led to charges that the film was veiled pro-Scientology propaganda.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
UPC:
0786936824926
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
23,660

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta George Malley
Kyra Sedgwick Lace Pennamin
Forest Whitaker Nate Pope
Jeffrey DeMunn Professor Ringold
Robert Duvall Doc
Daniel Zacapa Actor
Richard Kiley Dr. Wellin
Tony Genaro Tito
Sean O'Bryan Banes
Bruce Young Jack Hatch
Michael Milhoan Jimmy
Vyto Ruginis Ted Rhome
Troy Evans Roger
Ellen Geer Bonnie
James Keane Pete
Susan Merson Marge
James Cotton Cal
Brent Spiner Dr. Niedorf
David Gallagher Al
Jewel Benedict May
Betsy Berryhill Woman at Bar
Ashley Buccille Glory
Sage Callaway Female Officer
Mariann V. Carothers Furniture Store Owner
Jack Chouchanian Technician 1
Cab Covay Taunting Man at Library Fair
Claudia Crespin Woman in Crowd
Justin Dipego Intense Man at Library Fair
Michael Forner Man at Bar
Tom Fridley Agent
Richard Gross Customer at Malley's
Beth Kennedy Celia
Anni Long Major Benz
Tony A. Mattos Ella's Father
Joseph A. Nicosia Man at Bar
Elisabeth Nunziato Ella
Carl Parker Man in Orchard
Dan Partain Man at Bar
Will Prater Helicopter Pilot
Isaac Reiswig Man in Crowd
Mark Soper Reporter
Eric Tignini Agent
Mark Valim Alberto

Technical Credits
Jon Turteltaub Director
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Barbara Boyle Producer
Jeff Cadiente Stunts
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Richard Fernandez Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Green Editor
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Bruce A. Miller Art Director
Charles Newarth Executive Producer
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Gerald Di Pego Screenwriter
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Renee Rousselot Casting
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Garreth Stover Production Designer
Michael Taylor Producer

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Phenomenon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Yes, I understand that Phenomenon is fiction, yet it is a film that gently tugs on what could be possible for the expansion of the human mind (wisdom wise, reaching beyond the expectations of what others think is possible for you etc.). Phenomenon stars John Travolta as a friendly auto mechanic named George Malley whose life is turned upside down once he gets hit by an unexplained ball of light after innocently going outside on the night of his 37th birthday. Almost seemingly overnight he gains an increased intelligence and clarity effortlessly which right away manifests in how he does his job as an auto mechanic. His physician Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall) cannot logically make sense out of what happened to Malley but he is still accepting of him. Another person, George Malley’s close friend Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) also stands by his friend Malley during the both the high points and challenging points of what happens when his newfound abilities spring up for others to witness. In the midst of all this, George Malley tries extremely hard to court single mother Lace Pennamin (Kyra Sedgwick) and to even win over her kids Al Pennamin (David Gallagher) and Glory Pennamin (Ashley Buccile). Lace Pennamin courteously acknowledges George Malley yet she is understandably guarded due to what transpired within her relationship history. George Malley also gains the academic interest of UC Berkley Professor Dr. Ringold (Jeffrey DeMunn) after a shockingly accurate earthquake prediction despite his modest educational background. Eric Clapton’s song Change The World plays towards the end of the film. Bonus material; There is a theatrical trailer for Phenomenon and the recommendation of these additional titles for those who enjoyed this film; Ransom, Scream, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Rock, Tombstone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast is very good and the relationships between the star and various town's folk is excellent. A enjoyable story about life and death and how relationships enrich our lives. Don't stand on the sidelines waiting for life to give you a ride. Explore on your own and open yourself to living.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
exquisitly done in every sense.this movie is worth your time. go travolta!