Sphere (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.


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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Sphere (1998)
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  • Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in Sphere (1998)
  • Dustin Hoffman in Sphere (1998)
  • Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in Sphere (1998)

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11 October 2002 | farhan_qu
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| A fairly decent Crichton flick!
After reading many users' mixed comments on the movie..i can't help but feel that a majority have underrated the film. True it could have been better, especially in the latter half, but having read the book first, i did not feel it actually falling off midway like the way other viewers have described it. People who have read the novel will acknowledge that the movie does follow the novel fairly closely. Thus comments about Hoffman's role and the ending are unfair, since i feel they are the closest big-screen reproductions of one of Crichton's best works. I feel Stone's character was the role followed the weakest.

Definitely the giant squid thrills are insufficient (note that Crichton devoted a good part of his novel describing encounters with 'the monster'). I guess animation artists were short budgeted...though the film as a whole still is a visual treat...and the atmosphere is rightly captured, with nice music.

Overall, I think the movie is worth watching and is definitely of a much higher caliber than 'The Lost World'. It follows a psychological-cum-sci-fi thriller theme and i feel is better than the similar flick 'Abyss'. As from the novel's point-of-view...it could have been done better though. 8/10 stars!

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Trivia

Several people involved with this movie have worked with Steven Spielberg. Spielberg directed Dustin Hoffman in Hook (1991), Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park (1993) and Peter Coyote in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Huey Lewis and Director Barry Levinson have also worked on projects produced by Spielberg. Lewis contributed to the soundtrack of Back to the Future (1985), and Levinson directed Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).


Quotes

Norman Goodman: What the hell is it?
Captain Harold C. Barnes: Whatever it is - it seems to be what this bird was designed to do. Go out in the space and gather things like this up and bring it back.
Norman Goodman: Yeah, but back from where?
Dr. Harry Adams: Don't get too excited, Ted - turn this thing over and it'll ...


Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) Norman has determined that Harry is Jerry. He explains this to Beth then throws a book to her with his right hand. Change camera and the book is thrown from his left hand.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere.


Alternate Versions

SPOILER ALERT: An alternate television edit has been shown with a simplified and more ambiguous ending that follows the shooting script; Harry warns them that the authorities are on their way to debrief them, and they will demand answers. The three survivors ready themselves to forget about their mission and the power they possess. Outside, a helicopter sets down. Subsequently, we see the three survivors being interviewed in a debriefing room after decompression, each shot individually against the same background. They react as if they're oblivious to anything going wrong in the Habitat, unaware of anything that happened to Ted, Barnes or the Sphere. The helicopter leaves, and the camera pans down to the ocean, where the Sphere supposedly still remains.


Soundtracks

We're Off to See the Wizard
Lyrics by
E.Y. Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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Genres

Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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