DVD 133 mins IMDB 5.3 (15,630 votes)
Warner Brothers (1998)
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Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA  /  English

Dustin Hoffman Dr. Norman Goodman
Sharon Stone Beth Halperin
Samuel L. Jackson Harry Adams
Peter Coyote Barnes
Liev Schreiber Ted Fielding
Queen Latifah Fletcher
Marga Gomez Jane Edmunds
Michael Keys Hall Government Official
Marga Gómez Jane Edmunds
Huey Lewis Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke Seaman
James Pickens Jr. O.S.S.A. Instructor
Ralph Tabakin O.S.S.A. Official

Director Barry Levinson
Producer Michael Crichton; Barry Levinson; Andrew Wald
Writer Michael Crichton; Kurt Wimmer; Paul Attanasio; Stephen Hauser
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Musician Elliot Goldenthal
User Credit 1 Stu Linder
User Credit 2 Gloria Gresham

Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Government functionary Barnes (Peter Coyote) assembles a crack scientific team — psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), who wrote a presidential report on alien contact; biochemist Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), once involved romantically with Goodman; mathematician Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson); and astrophysicist Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber). After descending a thousand feet, they set up housekeeping at their underwater Habitat base, suit up, and enter the craft, finding evidence that it's a U.S. ship from the future. However, the craft's cargo of a shimmering, golden sphere is definitely alien. After Harry contrives to enter the sphere, Norman notes his odd behavior. When the Habitat computer system receives an email message from the sphere ("I am happy"), it's not long before the messages from this entity take a threatening turn ("I will kill you all"), triggering fears to surface along with violent attacks to the Habitat. The film is divided into chapters, such as "The Ride Down," "The First Exchange," and "The Monster." Shot on soundstages at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo, California), the effects combine animation, miniatures, prosthetics, animatronics, and digital images. Ed Asner reads the Sphere audiobook. — Bhob Stewart

Edition Details
Barcode 085391533122
Region Region 1
Chapters 43
Release Date 7/14/1998
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Text 1 Sci-fi action including some startling images.
User Text 2 A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
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Trivia: Cameo: [Huey Lewis]the helicopter pilot that flies Dr. Goodman to the spacecraft site. (more)

Goofs: Plot holes: ** SPOILER ALERT ** After deciphering the code coming from the Sphere they learn of the presence of JERRY. Later, Norman investigates the code and learns that they misinterpreted the relationship between numbers and letters; JERRY is in fact HARRY. If the code were truly wrong then ALL their correspondence would also be wrong because J=H and E=A and vice versus. It should have effected more than just the name JERRY. Example: WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO MANIFEST THE SQUID SOME MORE would appear as WOULD YOU LIKA MA TO MENIFAST THA SQUID SOMA MORA. (more)

Barnes: If this translation is right this alien sounds like an idiot.
Beth: That's something to consider - a stupid alien. Well, they must have them.