Phenomenon 1996

Phenomenon

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On his birthday, mechanic George Malley (John Travolta) sees a flash of light and proceeds to exhibit extraordinary mental abilities. He becomes a genius, even showing an ability to move objects with his mind. George wishes to help people, but the government wants to take him in for observation. Soon, George finds out from Dr. Brunder (Robert Duvall) that he has a massive brain tumor. With this new knowledge, George decides to spend his time with girlfriend Lace (Kyra Sedgwick).

Cast & Crew

John Travolta
George Malley
Kyra Sedgwick
Lace Pennamin
Jeffrey DeMunn
Prof. John Ringold, Seismologist
Robert Duvall
Doc Brunder
Richard Kiley
Dr. Wellin, Brain Specialist
Brent Spiner
Dr. Bob Niedorf
Bruce A. Young
FBI Agent Jack Hatch
Jonathan D. Krane
Executive Producer
Charles Newirth
Executive Producer
Michael Taylor
Producer
Eric Clapton
Original Music
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Bruce Green
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Critic Reviews for Phenomenon

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Audience Reviews for Phenomenon

  • Jun 22, 2020
    I don't normally watch a movie and attempt to guess where it's headed, much less how it will end. This one, however, tricked me into doing that almost from the beginning. John Travolta is one of my favorite actors. I don't know if what actually happens in this movie is possible, especially developing telekinetic powers, but Travolta certainly makes everything he does appear to be possible. The set up, that bright light in the sky, is a real come-on. I began to suspect some kind of sci-fi premise, and Travolta's incredible development of so many skills and abilities lends itself to that genre premise. Once you find out the real cause of his new talents, the reality of the possibility of these things happening seems almost magical -- but telekinesis, well, I don't know about that. A wonderful, and wonderfully sad movie. Travolta at his best, working with a nice script and great supporting cast.
    Lanning L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    An exciting and bewildering film that leaves the audience with a sense of wonder.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2012
    An average American man working as a mechanic in a California town finds himself granted supernatural abilities on his 37th birthday in this whimsical dramedy starring John Travolta. There was speculation that this film had ties to Scientology, but I really wouldn't know, nor do I care to get involved in that discussion. I just remember my dad saying (sometime back in the 90s), that this was the only Travolta film (at that time at least), that he thought was any good. I didn't, and still don't agree with that, but it is a pretty good film nonetheless. I liked that this regular guy gets powers just out of happenstance, and how the film concerns him and everyone else around him, having to deal with the positive and negative consequences of this situation. It's been forever since I've seen this, so my memory of it is hazy, but I seem to recall that, while it does have fun with him messing around with his powers, it actually takes the situation seriously too, and mostly does so without being too heavy handed. The performances are good, the concept quite nice, and in the end it makes you all warm and fuzzy, and all that mushy stuff, so if that sounds good to you, then give it a shot.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Sad and depressing, but hadmany heartwarming scenes. But really? Tumor superpowers.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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