PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.
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).
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 ...
(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.
The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere.
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.
$14,433,957 15 February 1998