Synopsis: John Travolta plays George Malley, who owns the local auto repair shop in a small California town. After celebrating his birthday with friends at the local bar/hang-out, George heads for home. He pauses to watch a strange light in the sky, then collapses for a few seconds in the middle of the deserted street. In the days and weeks that follow, George finds his IQ and consciousness expanding dramatically, and develops telekinetic abilities. Despite his attempts to explain what has happened to him, with just a very few exceptions, most of the local townspeople treat the "new" George as a freak. His state of isolation becomes even more pronounced when his new-found abilities allow him to correctly predict an earthquake, and outside authorities become interested in what's happened to him.
Director(s): Jon Turteltaub
Production: Disney
  7 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

- All you do is treat me bad

lt's a scandal,

you and Diana Ross.

- l told the press.

- Oh, man!

- Yep.

- She'd be so happy on my farm.

- No stress.

- Oh, it's true.

-No media. No press. Just-- Just heaven.


Hey, you're not supposed

to be buyin' drinks tonight.


- Jimmy!

- Yo!

George doesn't buy drinks tonight.

lt's his birthday.

- Hey. For you.

- Hey, Doc. Hey, you made it.

- Hey, Doc!

- How's everybody?

- Hey, shh! Shh!

- Still breathing in and out?

- Doc, you gotta--

you gotta try that cake.

- Hey, you guys.

-Tito's wife made it. lt is macho bueno.

-As usual.

Come on. Open it, George.

Open it.

- Oh, Doc. Th-Thank you.

- Hey, Jimmy!

- You're welcome.

- Yeah.

You're learning the moves, George,

but you've never played...

against turmoil and confusion,

so here we go.

l wish we could go back

to checkers. Maybe l could win.

No, no, no, no, no. No, no.

You have potential, George.

l always said, ''George Malley has

something extra to offer this world.''

l said that the day l, uh,

circumcised you.

- He says that every birthday.

- lt was a bad joke, l know.

You know, you ruined my chance

of romance today...

with that obscene stunt

in the window.

- lt was an outrage.

lt was a disgrace.

- lt was a criminal act.

Okay, there was a beautiful girl

who walked right away from me.

lt was so embarrassing.

George, you talkin' about

the woman with the chairs?


Man, they are not

all that comfortable.

Well, l think they're perfect.

You gotta learn how to sit in 'em.

Ah, here you go.

On the house, everybody.

- All right.

- Jimmy. Jimmy.

There's no smoking section

in heaven.

Ah, don't start, Doc.

Don't start.

- George. George.

- Pass 'em out. Pass em' out.

- Hey, buddy.

- George.

We love ya, man.

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Gerald Di Pego

Gerald Di Pego was born in 1941. He is a writer and producer, known for Instinct (1999), Phenomenon (1996) and The Forgotten (2004). He has been married to Christine DiPego since 1992. He was previously married to Janet Kapsin. more…

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