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Phenomenon [1996] (1 disc)

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Director:Jon Turteltaub
Writer:Gerald Di Pego
Composer:Thomas Newman
Length:123 minutes
(2 hours 3 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Golf
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:53%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Family
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery
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Synopsis: A man sees a strange light in the sky and soon begins to exibit amazing abilities.


Reaction: This is a good movie that explores the possibilities of the human condition.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Jon Turteltaub => Director
Gerald Di Pego => Writer
Thomas Newman => Composer
Ashley Buccille => Glory Pennamin
Brent Spiner => Dr. Bob Niedorf
Bruce A. Young => FBI Agent Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
David Gallagher => Al Pennamin
Elisabeth Nunziato => Ella
Ellen Geer => Bonnie
Forest Whitaker => Nate Pope
Jeffrey DeMunn => Prof. John Ringold
John Travolta => George Malley
Justin DiPego => UFO Man
Kyra Sedgwick => Lace Pennamin
Michael Milhoan => Jimmy
Richard Kiley => Dr. Wellin
Robert Duvall => Doc Brunder
Sean O'Bryan => Banes
Tom Fridley => Male FBI Agent
Tony Genaro => Tito
Troy Evans => Roger

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • John Travolta (George Malley) & Forest Whitaker (Nate Pope) would star together again 4 years later in "Battlefield Earth" (2000).
  • John Travolta starred in Carrie 20 years prior, where the title character was also telekinetic.
  • 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.
  • Robert Duvall and Kyra Sedgwick previously worked on Something to Talk About together in which he played her father. They would later reunite for Secondhand Lions playing uncle and niece.
  • John Travolta and David Gallagher appeared in Look Who's Talking Now (1993).
  • At one point, Wolfgang Petersen was attached to direct.
  • Kyra Sedgwick, Sean O'Bryan, and Tony Genaro appeared in Heart and Souls (1993).
  • Brent Spiner filmed his role in a day.
  • Sean Penn, Ed Harris, and [?] Jason Patric were considered for the role of George Malley.
  • Released on the same day as Independence Day (1996), which also featured Brent Spiner.
  • 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.