July 3rd, 1996



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An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.3/10 (34,514 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker

The main character observes a strange light on his birthday at a bar. The following days he becomes very intelligent and puts the intelligence to good use in his community. When word gets around he becomes known as a freak and everyone wants to figure out why this happened to a car mechanic. The government also wants to get their hands on it to put it to other uses.

John Travolta - George Malley
Kyra Sedgwick - Lace Pennamin
Forest Whitaker - Nate Pope
Robert Duvall - Doc Brunder
Jeffrey DeMunn - Prof. John Ringold
Richard Kiley - Dr. Wellin
David Gallagher - Al Pennamin
Ashley Buccille - Glory Pennamin
Tony Genaro - Tito
Sean O'Bryan - Banes
Michael Milhoan - Jimmy
Troy Evans - Roger
Bruce A. Young - FBI Agent Jack Hatch (as Bruce Young)
Vyto Ruginis - Ted Rhome
Brent Spiner - Dr. Bob Niedorf

Taglines: Some things in life just can't be explained.

Release Date: 3 July 1996

Filming Locations: Auburn, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,200,000 (USA) (7 July 1996) (1637 Screens)

Gross: $142,100,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

At one point Wolfgang Petersen was attached to direct.

Continuity: During the Doc's "sleep better tonight" tirade at the bar, there is a beer glass in his foreground, even though he smashed them all with his mug. Also it doesn't show in the reverse angle.

Banes: What else do you know, George?
George Malley: Well, I know you're on the outs with Lisa again.
Banes: [dumbfounded] How'd you know that?
George Malley: Well, when she's living with you, she makes sure your clothes match.

User Review

One of my all-time favorites.

Rating: 10/10

This movie doesn't get the credit that it deserves. Travolta's speech at the end of the movie to the doctor is incredible. Rarely do I ever see a movie that acknowledges the value of a single human life like this movie does. Most movies glorify sacrifice. This movie glorifies life. I highly recommend it.


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