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Phenomenon

Phenomenon
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Produced by Barbara Boyle
Michael Taylor
Charles Newirth
Written by Gerald Di Pego
Starring John Travolta
Kyra Sedgwick
Forest Whitaker
Robert Duvall
Music by Thomas Newman
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) July 3, 1996 (USA)
Running time 123 min.
Language English
Budget $32,000,000 US (est.)
IMDb profile

Phenomenon is a 1996 drama, romance, and fantasy film written by Gerald Di Pego, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall. In the film, an amiable, small-town everyman is inexplicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman. However, the most well known music from the film is the song "Change The World" by Eric Clapton. It was filmed in Auburn, Colfax, Davis, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and Treasure Island, all in California. Tagline: Some things in life just can't be explained. cover of the Phenomenon movie DVD This is a DVD cover. ... Jonathan Charles Turteltaub (b. ... Charles Newirth (Born August 22, 1955 in New York City) is an American film producer. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ... Kyra Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an Emmy nominated American actress. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is a multi-award-winning American actor, producer, and director. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Touchstone Pictures is a film division of The Walt Disney Company established in 1984. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot,) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the storys protagonists. ... Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. ... Jonathan Charles Turteltaub (b. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ... Kyra Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an Emmy nominated American actress. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is a multi-award-winning American actor, producer, and director. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... In literature and drama, the term everyman has come to mean an ordinary individual, with whom the audience or reader is supposed to be able to identify, and who is often placed in extraordinary circumstances. ... A genius is a person with great intelligence. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... The famous Clapton is God graffiti Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall... Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California, USA. The population was 12,462 at the 2000 census. ... Colfax is a city in Placer County, California, at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and Highway 174. ... Davis is a city in Yolo County, California, United States. ... Nickname: River City Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ... Location of Santa Rosa, California Country United States State California County Sonoma Mayor Jane Bender Area    - City 104. ... Sonoma County is on the north Pacific coast of California, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. ... An aerial view of Treasure Island in the foreground, with its link to Yerba Buena Island in the background. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

George Malley (John Travolta), whose life is transformed by a strange flash of light he observes on the evening of his 37th birthday. John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ...


Over the course of the following days, George starts to experience an extraordinary form of genius-level intelligence, rapidly absorbing vasts amounts of information, formulating new, revolutionary ideas, and even exhibiting telekinetic abilities. Psychokinesis (Greek ψυχή + κίνησις, literally spirit-movement)[1][2] or PK, also known as telekinesis[3] (Greek + , literally distant-movement) or TK, is the proposed paranormal ability of the mind to influence matter or energy without the use of any currently known type of physical means. ...


George tries to use his new intelligence for the good of his community. At first local townfolks are intrigued and amused by George's new abilities, but as they increase, community members gradually become afraid of him, with the only exceptions being love interest Lace Pennamin (Kyra Sedgwick), town physician Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall), and best friend Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker). Matters are complicated further when the government begins to take an interest in his newfound genius. Kyra Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an Emmy nominated American actress. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is a multi-award-winning American actor, producer, and director. ...


While participating in a town fair, George wants to publicize his revolutionary findings to the community with the hopes to make people's lives better; instead, the townsfolk are more concerned with seeing a display of his telekinesis. Soon after, another great flash of light strikes George, knocking him down. He awakens in a hospital where Dr. Brunder explains what's been causing his change. He has an astrocytoma brain tumor that has spread out like a hand, with threads of it everywhere. But, instead of destroying brain function, so far it's been stimulating it. George has more area of active brain use than anybody ever tested because of the tentacles from the tumor. The tumor is what also caused the dizziness and illusion of light. As a result of the tumor, George doesn't have much time to live. Government-employed doctors propose cutting George's life even shorter by examining his brain before he can die a natural death, and argue that if he objects to their plan, the objection itself would be proof that he is mentally unfit to make such a decision, and that the government would then proceed with the examination anyway. Held against his will--allegedly just for observation, but really until the government can put its plan into action--George eventually escapes, hoping to continue his research. He hopes that seismologist Dr. Ringold (Jeffrey DeMunn) from UC Berkeley might continue his experiments and, ultimately, complete the research he'll never get to finish. Astrocytomas are primary intracranial tumors derived from astrocytes cells of the brain. ... Tentacles can refer to the elongated flexible organs that are present in some animals, especially invertebrates, and sometimes to the hairs of the leaves of some insectivorous plants. ... // Pre-syncope is a sensation of feeling faint. ... This article is about the phenomenon known as an illusion. ... Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ...


After returning home, George gives Nate notes which basically served as a journal and gives him some other notes to deliver to Doc Brunder. He then retrieves his scientific research and, literally, runs to Lace's house. There, he aims to give his final farewells to Lace and her children, Al and Glory (David Gallagher and Ashley Buccille, respectively). George comforts them using an apple as a metaphor: no matter what, an apple will rot and decay if thrown on the ground, but if they were to take a bite out of it, the apple would become a part of them, and they would carry it with them forever. Later that day, Lace and George sleep together, and George dies in her arms. Dr. Ringold arrives to speak to George later that morning, but he's too late, and Lace, instead, passes on George's incomplete research. David Gallagher FEB 2001 David Lee Gallagher (born February 9, 1985 in Queens, New York) is an American actor of Irish and Cuban descent. ...


The movie ends approximately one year afterward at the town's local bar, where the townsfolk gather to celebrate George Malley's birthday.

Spoilers end here.

Cast

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ... Kyra Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965) is an Emmy nominated American actress. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is a multi-award-winning American actor, producer, and director. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor. ... Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bruce A. Young (born April 22, 1956) is an American television and film actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Capt. ... David Gallagher FEB 2001 David Lee Gallagher (born February 9, 1985 in Queens, New York) is an American actor of Irish and Cuban descent. ... Troy Evans (born December 3, 1977 in Bay City, Michigan) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Houston Texans. ...

Phenomenon II

On November 1, 2003 a television movie titled Phenomenon II was broadcast on the ABC Network. It was directed by Ken Olin and starred Terry O'Quinn, Jill Clayburgh and Christopher Shyer as George Malley. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Telefilm redirects here. ... Look up ABC in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Abbreviation ABC is an abbreviation with many meanings: The Latin alphabet, of which A, B, and C are the first three letters. ... Ken Olin (born July 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director and producer. ... Terrance Terry OQuinn (born on July 15, 1952) is an Emmy Award nominated American actor. ... Jill Clayburgh (born April 30, 1944) is an American actress of stage, motion pictures, and television. ...


Although it was billed as a sequel to the film, Phenomenon II is actually a partial-remake of the original film, essentially retelling the original story while adding new characters and introducing a sub-plot involving the NSA. The open ending of the telefilm suggests that it may have served as a pilot for a new TV series, though as of 2007 a Phenomenon series has not materialised. A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... NSA can stand for: National Security Agency of the USA The British Librarys National Sound Archive This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


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Flickering Shadows: Quantifying the European Film Festival Phenomenon (1997) (2793 words)
To analyse what could be labelled the "European Film Festival Phenomenon" and to try to quantify its relative importance within the audiovisual sector, a first step is to identify the existing, although very scarce, sources of information.
In the course of a feasibility study on monitoring of admissions and box-office revenue on individual films across Europe, the Observatory has established that the total number of new features actually put into distribution during 1996 is somewhere in the region of 830 titles.
Even if patrons of film festivals tend to see not only one, but a number of films during a short span of time, the number of individuals enjoying what is on offer in film festivals is impressive, maybe 3-4 million.
Phenomenon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (440 words)
Phenomenon has a specialized meaning in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant who contrasted the term 'Phenomenon' with 'Noumenon'.
Phenomenon is also the name of a 1996 film starring John Travolta and Forest Whitaker.
Phenomenon is also the name of a 1997 album by rapper LL Cool J.
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