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Director [[Performer~P114769~Jon Turteltaub~jonturteltaub]] followed up the hit [[Feature~V134642~While You Were Sleeping~whileyouweresleeping]] (1995) with this fantasy similar to [[Feature~V9014~Charly~charly]] (1968) and a film from the previous year, [[Feature~V135714~Powder~powder]] (1994). [[Performer~P71670~John Travolta~johntravolta]] stars as George Malley, a humble mechanic in a rural California town. On his 37th birthday, George celebrates at a pub with friends Nate ([[Performer~P116578~Forest Whitaker~forestwhitaker]]) and Doc ([[Performer~P88530~Robert Duvall~robertduvall]]), the local physician. When he steps outside, George observes a bright light in the sky that knocks him briefly unconscious. When he awakens, George has incredible intellectual powers. He checks books out of the library in armfuls, becomes an inventor, a psychic, has telekinetic powers, predicts an earthquake, and memorizes Portuguese in minutes. Using his newfound powers, George becomes a hero, but he can't totally win over the spooked townsfolk or the standoffish Lace ([[Performer~P64284~Kyra Sedgwick~kyrasedgwick]]), a single mom burned by love once too often. As George's kindness breaks down Lace's reserve and a romance begins, his fame spreads, bringing him to the attention of the FBI and curious university scientists. Similarities between George's powers and the alleged benefits of [[Performer~P71670~Travolta~johntravolta]]'s religion, Scientology, led to charges that the film was veiled pro-Scientology propaganda. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1900


John Travolta
as George Malley
Kyra Sedgwick
as Lace Pennamin
Forest Whitaker
as Nate Pope
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Professor Ringold
Robert Duvall
as Doc
Richard Kiley
as Dr. Wellin
Michael Forner
as Man at Bar
Jack Chouchanian
as Technician 1
Betsy Berryhill
as Woman at Bar
James Cotton
as Cal
Michael Milhoan
as Jimmy
Eric Tignini
as Agent
Beth Kennedy
as Celia
Susan Merson
as Marge
Vyto Ruginis
as Ted Rhome
James Keane
as Pete
Will Prater
as Helicopter Pilot
Sage Callaway
as Female Officer
Tom Fridley
as Agent
Cab Covay
as Taunting Man at Library Fair
Ellen Geer
as Bonnie
Claudia Crespin
as Woman in Crowd
Isaac Reiswig
as Man in Crowd
Jewel Benedict
as May
Elisabeth Nunziato
as Ella
Anni Long
as Major Benz
David Gallagher
as Al
Daniel Zacapa
Troy Evans
as Roger
Sean O'Bryan
as Banes
Brent Spiner
as Dr. Niedorf
Justin Dipego
as Intense Man at Library Fair
Mark Valim
as Alberto
Dan Partain
as Man at Bar
Mark Soper
as Reporter
Ashley Buccille
as Glory
Tony Genaro
as Tito
Richard Gross
as Customer at Malley's


Jon Turteltaub
Barbara Boyle
Michael Taylor
Gerald Di Pego
Wally Pfister
Phedon Papamichael
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Thomas Newman
Bruce Green
Garreth Stover
Production Designer
Jonathan D. Krane
Executive Producer
Charles James Newirth
Executive Producer
Lori Rowbotham
Set Designer
Richard Fernandez
Set Designer
Jay R. Hart
Set Designer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Ralston
Special Effects
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Special Effects
Geoffrey Hansen
First Assistant Director
Jeff Cadiente
Renee Rousselot
Hallie D'Amore