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Phenomenon
Phenomenon
Actors: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Jeffrey DeMunn
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     1997     2hr 3min

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 kno...  more »

     

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Actors: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Jeffrey DeMunn
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Creators: Phedon Papamichael, Bruce Green, Barbara Boyle, Charles Newirth, Jonathan D. Krane, Michael Taylor, Gerald Di Pego
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/03/1997
Original Release Date: 07/03/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 07/03/1996
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 2hr 3min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Linda G. from KENOSHA, WI
Reviewed on 2/3/2011...
excellent movie
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 1/9/2011...
An amazing movie. It will leave you spellbound and thankfully the ending is good too. Touching by any means. Imagine the possibilities!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tammy R.
Reviewed on 4/16/2010...
This is one of John Travoltas best! If your a John fan you have to have this movie. It shows his tenderside. You won`t forget it!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melanie A W. (novelwriter) from NEWINGTON, CT
Reviewed on 1/8/2008...
I absolutely love this movie! This is the first movie that I saw with my boyfriend who would eventually be my husband. Forgive my sentimentalness. This is still a very funny movie with an all-star cast. You can't go wrong. This is a great movie for the more anti-disco people who are anti-70's who want to see a good Travolta film.
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Movie Reviews

Phenomenon: A Moving, Under-rated movie
James D. Eret | San Diego | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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? Here is a movie without much violence, blood, or spectacular special effects and does have a message but does not force it on you, how all of us have the possibility to be more than we think, that there is genius on a small scale, in the feelings for love, simple pleasures, sharing an apple with children, or facing one's own mortality without fear. A great Movie."
Surprisingly good!
Eduardo Nietzsche | Houston | 04/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I came to this film with low expectations, seeing as how it only has a 53% positive RottenTomatoes.com 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.""
Underrated, moving film
Michael J Edelman | Huntington Woods, MI USA | 07/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."