Phenomenon (1996)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Travolta
Kyra Sedgwick
Jeffrey DeMunn
Robert Duvall
Kyra Sedgewick
Brent Spiner
Forest Whitaker
Movie Details
Director Jon Turteltaub
Producer Barbara Boyle; Michael Taylor; Gerald DiPego
Writer Gerald DiPego
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 123 mins
Country USA
Color Color
John Travolta's should've-been-nominated-for-an-Oscar performance is the best reason to see this largely moving work, which is a little reminiscent of the novel Flowers for Algernon (basis for the film Charly). Travolta plays a mechanic who sees a bright light in the sky one night and wakes up the next morning a genius, hungry for knowledge and so smart he figures out national defense secrets in his own living room (and gets in hot water for it). The more interesting drama, however, is not with the government but with the character's longtime neighbors and friends, who come to reject him for being different. Robert Duvall gives a stirring performance as a doctor who has known the hero all his life, and Kyra Sedgwick is very good as an ambivalent love interest. If you missed this one in the theaters, then you haven't seen one of Travolta's best performances since his comeback. The DVD release presents a widescreen image, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles, and theatrical trailer. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 98
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 717951000095
Chapters 18
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen