A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 8, 2009
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- (unspecified) English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson & Dustin Hoffman|
|Performer:||Peter Coyote, Liev Schreiber, Queen Latifah, Marga Gomez, Huey Lewis, Michael Keys Hall, Bernard Hocke & James Pickens, Jr.|
|Directed by||Barry Levinson|
|Edited by||Stu Linder|
|Screenwriting by||Kurt Wimmer, Stephen Hauser & Paul Attanasio|
|Composition by||Elliot Goldenthal|
|Story by||Michael Crichton|
|Produced by||Barry Levinson, Michael Crichton & Andrew Wald|
|Director of Photography:||Adam Greenberg|
Ultimately, the explanation we've been waiting for turns out to be just that: an explanation. Full Review
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Given its situational premise -- outer space goes underwater -- Sphere is filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Rating: 2/4 -- Packaged as a smart psychological drama, it gradually dissolves into a badly edited action thriller, albeit one obscured by a cast of top notch talent.
Palo Alto Weekly
Rating: 1/10 -- Word 'pointless' is the one that should be attributed to this whole film, one of the worst to come from Hollywood in past decade and one that would test patience and temper of the audience like few others.
An empty shell.
...The set-up is intriguing....Levinson keeps the action moving at a fast clip....The film also benefits from its eerie deep-sea setting and some smashing special effects...
Rating: 2/4 -- The central idea for Sphere is an intriguing one, but similar concepts have been much better executed on episodes of Star Trek, which makes one wonder why movie writing is allowed to be so bad. Full Review
When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled. In addition to Norman, there is Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson), a mathematician; Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber), a physicist; and Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), a biochemist and Norman's old flame. Led by the secretive Barnes (Peter Coyote), the foursome undergoes a crash course in diving and living under the sea in a naval habitat and begins investigating the mysterious vessel, discovering a huge glowing sphere made of an unidentifiable substance with a shimmering, almost liquidlike surface. As the investigation continues, a series of strange, horrific events leads the team of scientists to doubt each other's sanity and motives. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.
Action | High Seas | Mystery | Science-Fiction | Thriller | Undersea | Theatrical Release | Spaceships | Based On A Novel
- Theatrical release: February 13, 1998.
- Filmed at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA, and San Francisco, CA.
- Director Barry Levinson had previously collaborated with novelist Michael Crichton on DISCLOSURE.
- Levinson had been interested in directing a science film for years and was drawn to Crichton's story because it reflected many of the themes prevalent in Levinson's other films, such as betrayal, friendship, and loyalty.
- SPHERE marks Levinson's fourth film with actor Dustin Hoffman, who also appeared in RAIN MAN, SLEEPERS, and WAG THE DOG.
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