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Phenomenon (1996)

John Travolta , Kyra Sedgwick , Jon Turteltaub , Phedon Papamichael  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Jeffrey Demunn
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub, Phedon Papamichael
  • Writers: Gerald DiPego
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 1997
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630471193X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phenomenon" on IMDb

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Hollywood favorite John Travolta (SWORDFISH, PULP FICTION) stars in this acclaimed, uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events! On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and suddenly develops amazing mental abilities! With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town. But when his incredible powers cause even his oldest friends to turn away, George comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and the lives of everyone around him forever. With an outstanding supporting cast featuring Robert Duvall (SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT), Forest Whitaker (SPECIES), and Kyra Sedgwick (SINGLES) -- don't miss this must-see motion picture event!

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenon: A Moving, Under-rated movie February 23, 2000
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I took me awhile to catch on to the John Travolta "comeback." Always a good actor, he is trancendent in "Phenomenon." Taking his character of George, struck by a mysterious light, and turning him from an average man to a genius, could have been an actor's trap. Travolta makes it his triumph. He gives George such a humanity that even with the genius powers we are aware that George of old is still there, trying to desparately to just be his old self, and only the girl he longs for, played excellently by Kyra Segwick seems to understand his wanting to remain the same, no matter how many "miracles" he performs. So many films like this are too serious, use too many special effects, or are just plain ridiculous. Travolta great performance seems to lift the entire genre and wins us over like he does Segwick and her two children. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Robert Duvall, who does miraculous things with the town doctor. Forrest Whittiker is also good as George's best friend. The town accepts the miracles like no other movie town does. Yes, they are in awe, but they still doubt, as George doubts, that he was given a gift as a mistake, but when all is said and done, we know the "bright light" made the right choice, that he was able to even handle his own mortality. There is a scene near the end of the movie, when George is sharing his last moments and an apple with the two young children, that is as moving as any I've seen in recent memory. Some may see "Phenomenon" as too far-fetched or mauldlin, and if so they are as jaded as many movie goers are getting. What does an audience want? Read more ›
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! April 3, 2005
I came to this film with low expectations, seeing as how it only has a 53% positive rating and a lot of critics panned it as being corny and sentimental.

Actually this is a very good film, largely carried by the strong cast of John Travolta, Kyra Sedgewick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. Yes there are a few corny moments especially towards the end but they were forgivably brief not tediously drawn out, compared to your typical Hollywood tearjerker which this is not. I won't give away the ending except to say that it is not one of your dime a dozen and-they-lived-happily-ever-after things.

"Phenomenon" actually has a lot of Eastern philosophy behind it---the idea that we are all connected at a deep cosmic and psychical level which most of us never imagine nor dare to access, as well as the New Ageish belief that we only use about 10% of our brains' full capabilities.

Travolta is known to be a Scientologist, which made me wonder a little how much that might have influenced this film which is nowhere near as kooky as your standard Scientology doctrine which you can get from L. Ron Hubbard's infamous (science fiction) book, "Dianetics."
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, moving film July 1, 2004
Phenomeonon was advertised as a sci-fi movie, and whilke it has a sci-fi sort of theme at its core, anyone going to see the movie based on that was sorely disappointed.
What this movie is, actually, is a story about a man learning to cope with something that he can't understand, and how it brings him closer to his friends and his community, and how it allows him to understand and deal with his own fate.
Yes, it's a bit sappy at times, but it also contains some really excellent performances. Travolta delivers what it certainly his most authentic and touching portrayal of a real human being yet seen in his post-Tarantino career. Forrest Whittaker and Robert Duvall likewise contribute first-rate performances. A wonderful contemporary soundtrack ties it all together.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All About Life! May 2, 2002
This movie moved me to tears - can I rate it more than 5 stars?
To this day I cannot hear Bryan Ferry's "Dance With Life" without being reminded that life is a gift and it's all about how you treat people and interact with them. John Travolta has been my favorite since Welcome Back, Kotter and so versatile an actor. When the town's mechanic changes to a genius overnight after seeing a brilliant light in the heavens on his 37th birthday, people don't know how to treat him. As he touches lives with his gift, some are grateful, others suspicious. If you have not seen this movie yet, DROP EVERYTHING and do so! It will move you to dance with life!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful, warm, funny, and genuine. July 7, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed Phenomenon, which I found to be an unusually graceful, warm, and genuine movie. Sure, it had flaws, and one could take issue with a variety of departures from reality. But the characters genuinely care for each other and the dialoge and behavior carefully reflect that. I didn't try to take it too seriously, as I fell in love with George, the Dr., and Lace. George genuinely cares about his friends. The Dr., played wonderfully by the great Robert Duvall, understands people, and Lace is over the top sexy ( like some jewish women I have known...can Sedgwick be a jewish name?) I thought the writing was great. How about George teaching Nate the portuguese language? Marvelous! The little details and cinematography were very well done in this picture. Kudos to the writer, director, and the guys behind the cameras.

An added bonus is the soundtrack, which throughly enhances the movie at every turn. Well done. My final comment is absolutly true - I could watch this movie a hundred times. I'm remodeling a house, and I play it in the background some days, so I've already seen it at least a dozen times.

Many thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenon
John Travolta is a small town guy, He gets hit by lightning and develops crazy powers of the mind. A must see
Published 3 days ago by Celia Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical movie
Not your typical movie good story line, good cast, I bought it for my collection so I can watch it anytime
Published 5 days ago by RwB
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was great, download serve didn't work. NOT HAPPY!
Update: Spent one and half hours on phone with tech. Might be an unadvertised problem using a WiFi even though mine is extremely strong. Read more
Published 13 days ago by diane meade
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
Such a beautiful love story. John Travolta and Rubert Duval were great in this movie. I've watched it several times and am not tired of watching it. I recommend this movie.
Published 26 days ago by Regina Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
Very different from most of Travolta's movies. This one has a lot of insight and it really a good story line. Read more
Published 28 days ago by talmadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe Diem writ large
Inspirational and emotionally satisfying, without being maudlin or sappy. I watch it every few years to remind me of what each day can offer when we open and expand our hearts and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William E. Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This movie is very entertaining as are most of John Travolta's movies. The supporting actors all gave good performances. I would recommend this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Stanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !
Great storyline unpredictable very touching and inspiring John Travolta in his earlier days ... So HOT ! Definitely a movie you can watch over & over again !
Published 1 month ago by Tina Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenon DVD
Great movie! It has been about 10 years since the last time I've seen this and its such a touching movie. Brings tears to my eyes every time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenon and John Travolta
The acting cast is superb, the story is sweet. Bring on the tissues. One of my favorite chick flick movies.
Published 1 month ago by Love My Pintos
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