Phenomenon [Blu-ray] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 07/03/2012
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Synopsis


Phenomenon
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Travolta
    John Travolta - George Malley
  • Kyra Sedgwick
    Kyra Sedgwick - Lace Pennamin
  • Forest Whitaker
    Forest Whitaker - Nate Pope
  • Jeffrey DeMunn
    Jeffrey DeMunn - Professor Ringold
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Doc



Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Movie Take On What Could Be Possible?

    Posted
    wisdomseeker
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of Travolta's Better Performances

    Posted
    kevman79

    John Travolta gives a fine performance in this film about a man in a small town who experiences an odd episode in which he believes he sees a U.F.O. People of the community are skeptical of his story at first, until he creates a major stir within the local medical community, when he begins performing feats that human beings shouldn't be capable of at this point of our evolution. Highly recommended! Widescreen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Film

    Posted
    2review2
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    Phenomenon is a refreshing, unique, very moving story with an expert cast. Each character is so endearing. It's great to now have this favorite in blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    beautiful movie

    Posted
    mstait

    this is one of my personal favorite movies. john travolta gives a great performance as george who, after seeing a "ufo" gains all sorts of supernatural powers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    BarbNMichael
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    I really love this movie. I have been looking for it for a while and finally found it here at Best Buy. Thank's Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very touching

    Posted
    snoppy
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    very touching story, love it John Travolta is avery excellent actor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alright movie

    Posted
    CallawayMan

    This movie has a good plot and it written well but I didn't think that acting was as good as it should have been.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    tinily
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    This has always been one of my favorite movies, highly recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend



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