Phenomenon Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Travolta

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    George Malley, played by John Travolta, lives an ordinary life as an inhabitant of an exremely small midwestern town. On his 37th birthday, he exits the bar where his birthday celebration is being held, and is captivated by an abnormal display of lights in the night sky. During this phenomenon, the lights intensify and leave him lying unconscious on the ground. He awakes to disvover a drastic change in his ability to perceive and decipher everything in the natual world around him.
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      Immediately after this experience, George undergoes a mental transformation that leaves him inspired about everything he comes in contact with. He reads multiple books a day and makes several profound scientific discoveries, including plant fertilizer that grows crops in impossible conditions and an engine that uses pig manure as fuel. As George's condition mounts, he comes in contact with college professors, scientists and the FBI as a result of his extraordinary abilities.
    Through all of this, George continues to seek the attention of Lacy, played by Kyra Sedgwick, who is determined to preserve the simplicity of life as a single mother. As the truth behind his condition unfolds, George begins to interpret his experience as an axiom that ostensibly proves the unlimited potential of all people. As the skeptiscism of outsiders threatens to take away what he cares about in the dwindling hours of his life, he and the members of his town carry on his message of the potential to find meaning and the beauty that exists in the delicate connection between everything in nature.
The review of this Movie prepared by Nathan Williamson

George Malley is an ordinary, likable auto mechanic in the small town of Harmon, California. On the evening of his 37th birthday, George steps out of the bar, sees a flash of light, and is knocked briefly unconscious. Suddenly he's able to beat his mentor, Doc Brunder (Duvall), at chess; he reads six books a day; he learns foreign language by riffling through a book; he begins to exhibit telekinetic powers. George tries to use his new skills for the good of the community but his neighbors are puzzled and even fearful of the change in him. The change also blocks the romance he would like to pursue with the pretty young divorcee, Nate Pope (Sedgwick), who just moved to town with her two kids. Eventually the FBI wants to question George. This sweet but weak 1996 film aspired to the same heights as "Forrest Gump" but didn't quite get there.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Everyman gets hit by celestial light, gains telekinesis, perfect memmory, and greater intelligence. However, his small town neighboors are not quite ready to accept this.
The review of this Movie prepared by Emily

Script Analysis of Phenomenon

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   special abilities Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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