Sphere
movie

Sphere

Director: Barry Levinson

Year: 1998

Plot: A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.
Original Title: Sphere
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Michael Crichton , Kurt Wimmer , Stephen Hauser , Paul Attanasio
Producer: Patricia Churchill , Michael Crichton , Peter Giuliano , Barry Levinson , Andrew Wald
Type: movie
Year: 1998
Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Dustin Hoffman , Sharon Stone , Samuel L. Jackson , Peter Coyote , Liev Schreiber , Queen Latifah , Marga Gómez , Huey Lewis , Bernard Hocke , James Pickens Jr. , Michael Keys Hall , Ralph Tabakin
Runtimes: 134
Countries: United States
Languages: English
Color Info: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
Sound Mix: DTS , Dolby Digital , SDDS
Original Air Date: 22 May 1998 (India)
Rating: 6.1
Votes: 109976
Year: 1998
Akas: The Ball (India, English title) , Sphère (France) , Sphere - Die Macht aus dem All (Germany) , Esfera (Spain) , Sfera (Lithuania)
Production Companies: Warner Bros. , Baltimore Pictures , Constant c Productions , Punch Productions
Distributors: Warner Bros. , Roadshow Entertainment , Warner Bros Pictures , Warner Española S.A. , Varus Video , Warner Home Video , Warner Home Video , Warner Home Video , Warner Home Video , Argentina Video Home , Audio Visual Enterprises , Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB , National Broadcasting Company (NBC) , MTV3 , SubTV , Turner International India , Rete 4 , Pay Per View , VOX , Warner Home Vídeo , Yorin , Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Synopsis: Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) is called to a location in the Pacific Ocean, for what he thinks is a plane crash. His specialty is psychiatry and dealing with crash survivors. The helicopter pilot (Huey Lewis - yes THAT Huey Lewis!) tells him they've been ferrying all kinds of scientists to this location.Onboard a naval ship, Norman sees astrophysicist Dr. Ted Fielding (Liev Schriber) and biochemist Dr. Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), but is unable to talk to them. The ship's captain, Harold Barnes (Peter Coyote) briefs them - the plane crash is a spacecraft, a huge ship buried under 300 years of coral. In addition to Beth, Norman and Ted, mathematician Dr. Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson) is also on the contact team, which was recommended by Norman many years ago.The team goes through a medical examination, and a dive briefing by an instructor (James Pickens Jr.), who tells them there is "no quick return to the surface". The team takes a sub to the crash site habitat, and they all begin to exhibit signs of nervousness. It's clear that Norman and Beth have some history. The habitat is manned by Edmunds (Marga Gomez) and Alice Fletcher (Queen Latifah), who is directing a Navy dive team to set up a drone by the ship's door.The team puts on dive suits and walks on the seafloor to the spacecraft, and the door opens for them. Beth sees footprints in the dust, and Barnes splits them into 2 groups. Beth and Norman step onto an elevator, which takes them to the bridge. Ted, Harry and Barnes find English text and advanced metallurgy. Beth finds a human skeleton, and deduces the ship is American. The flight recorder shows dates from the future and an entry for "Unknown Entry Event". A holographic display reveals that the ship travelled through a black hole. The team finds a huge sphere in a cargo hold. The sphere doesn't reflect the team members, but everything else.Back in the habitat, Ted theorizes that the ship time-travelled through a black hole and arrived 300 years ago. Harry thinks the sphere is alive, and that since the future ship has no information about the black hole, the contact team will not get a chance to warn anyone; therefore, they are destined to die in the habitat. He also expresses a desire to get into the sphere. At the same time, Barnes gets a message that a cyclone is approaching topside, and the team must return to the surface before it hits.As the team is preparing to return, alarms go off, and video monitors show Harry entering the sphere through his reflection. Due to Harry's disappearance, the return to the surface is cancelled. Norman goes to the sphere, and finds Harry at its base, unconscious. Norman sees his reflection in the sphere, and communications with the surface are suddenly interrupted. Harry is taken back to the sphere, as is Norman.Norman sits gazing out a window, and sees a jellyfish. Fletcher takes some tapes to the mini-sub outside, and is attacked and killed by jellyfish. Beth later analyzes the jellyfish and determines it's not a normal one. Barnes questions Norman about Beth's mental state, and Harry wakes up from his coma, feeling exuberant and making comments about never leaving. He appears calm about Fletcher's death, but freaks out over calamari.Later, as Norman and Ted argue over Ted's jealousy on Harry, Edmunds bring them to the communications center, where the computers are acting strangely. Harry notices the codes on the computer are in binary code. After decryption, the messages reads, "Hello. How are you. I am fine. What is your name? My name is Jerry." Norman worries that Jerry appears to have emotions, and what the repercussions would be if Jerry gets mad.Later, they hear noise outside the habitat, and Norman and Beth investigate, finding Edmunds' mangled body outside. Meanwhile, Harry reads 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Norman and Beth bring Edmunds' body back inside, and are attacked by strange egg shapes, with something large approaching.Norman tries to contact Jerry, and discovers Jerry can hear them directly. When Norman asks to talk without Jerry listening, and Jerry becomes petulant, and a large squid approaches the habitat. Jerry says (via computer) "I am here," and the squid attacks. Ted bashes his head while adjusting the internal pressure, and Norman activates the external defense system, which causes a fire. As they rush to combat the fire, Jerry states, "I will kill you all". Ted tries to wake Harry, but can't. Barnes get crushed by an emergency door and Ted is killed by fire, then the fire suddenly is extinguished.After the emergency, Norman talks to Jerry, who exhibits a childlike understanding of life, but immense power. Jerry tells Norman to stop calling him "Jerry". Norman then talks to Harry, who is calm but unaware of the incidents. Norman goes to reset the mini-sub, but on the way back, he gets holes in his suit. Harry watches dispassionately and directs Norman to the airlock, but Norman is attacked by a sea snake.Beth goes into the spaceship, saying she's looking for food. Distrust arises among the 3 survivors, as Beth was supposed to be monitoring Norman during his trek. Norman finds another copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and then the entire pantry is full of copies. Beth plants mines around the spaceship.Norman re-calculates the code, and realizes the "j" and "e" are incorrect - they should be "h" and "a", which means Jerry is actually Harry. Later, Norman explains this to Beth and also explains the squid - it's a part of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Norman theorizes the sphere made the change in Harry. Beth and Harry plot to sedate Harry, and he goes under quickly.Beth and Harry get a signal from topside that a sub will arrive in 6 hours. Norman is attacked by sea snakes in the bathroom, but Beth saves him without emotion, saying Norman manifested the snakes. She locks him inside the lab and tells him to sedate himself. When he refuses, she floods the lab, and Norman goes outside the habitat, returning through the main airlock. Meanwhile, Beth begins to doubt her own sanity and Harry wakes up. Norman realizes that all 3 of them went into the sphere, and that is what happened to the original crew.The explosives Beth set become armed. With 13 minutes remaining, the 3 head to the mini-sub. Reality keeps changing, but Norman finds a way to launch the sub. The bombs explode, destroying the spaceship and habitat, but the mini-sub makes it to the surface.Several hours later, the 3 complete decompression, and discuss their story. Norman reminds Harry that they shouldn't be alive, since they made it to the surface, and could tell the authorities what happened. Harry suggests they use their power to forget that they have the power. They count to three, and the sphere rises from the deep and disappears into outer space. Beth, Harry and Norman have successfully forgotten their power...perhaps.
Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg
Producer: Patricia Churchill , Michael Crichton , Peter Giuliano , Barry Levinson , Andrew Wald
Production Manager: Kristen D. Chidel , Patricia Churchill , Blair Daily , Michael J. Malone , Mark Scoon
Art Direction: Mark W. Mansbridge , Jonathan McKinstry
Box Office: $80,000,000 (estimated) , $18,586,765, 16 Feb 1998 , $13,100,000, 05 Apr 1998
Certificates: Argentina:13 , Australia:M , Brazil:16 , Canada:14A , Denmark:15 , Finland:K-12 , France:Tous publics , Germany:16 , Hungary:16 , Iceland:14 , Iceland:16::(video rating) , India:A::(Mumbai) , India:UA::(TV) , Ireland:12 , Italy:T , Japan:G , Mexico:B , Netherlands:16 , New Zealand:PG , Norway:15 , Peru:14 , Philippines:PG-13 , Poland:16::(TV rating) , Portugal:M/12 , Singapore:PG , South Africa:13 , South Korea:12 , Spain:7 , Sweden:11 , Switzerland:12::(canton of Geneva) , Switzerland:12::(canton of Vaud) , United Kingdom:12 , United States:PG-13 , United Arab Emirates:Not Rated
Composer: Elliot Goldenthal
Editor: Stu Linder
Editorial Department: Bill Daly , John F. Lyons , Blair Daily , Mark Daily , Dale E. Grahn , Thomas M. Harrigan , Mo Henry , Jason Joseph , Kurt Mattila
Sound Crew: Richard Beggs , Lindakay Brown , Nicole Bugna , Steve Cantamessa , Aura Gilge , Ben Gold , J.R. Grubbs , Lora Hirschberg , Tim Holland , Tom Johnson , Scott La Rue , Mary Helen Leasman , Cheryl Nardi , Jon Null , Claire Sanfilippo , Michael Silvers , Gary Thomas , Dennie Thorpe , Jana Vance , Marian Wilde , Kent Sparling , David E. Turner
Visual Effects: Tristan Tom , Eduardo Silva , Valerie McMahon , Chad Owen , Steve Rhee , Andy Garcia , Alfredo R. Barcia , Mark Fiorenza , Charles Darby , Lon R. Shor , Jonathan Alvord , Carlos Arguello , Greg Banta , Robert Bardy , Gil Baron , Rod Basham , Chuck Bemis , Fernando Benítez , James Blevins , Thomas Boland , Lydia Bottegoni , Bonjin Byun , Aimee Campbell , Cathy Cassese , Mike Castillo , Jeff Chung , James Conroy , Jay Cooper , Ken Dackermann , Chris Del Conte , Aaron Dem , Christina DeSilva , Kimberly Spear Dixon , Joe Dubs , Kurt S. Gartman , Jack Geist , Tim Gibbons , Laura Hanigan , Richard O. Helmer , Nicole Herr , Walter F. Hyneman , Tim Ketzer , Gokhan Kisacikoglu , Karen Klein , Richard Klein , John Charles Kohn , Michael Kory , Brian Kun , Vincent Lavares , Dan Levitan , Gregory D. Liegey , Jeff Lin , David Lingenfelser , Richard Liukis , Marcel Martinez , Craig Mathieson , Seth Maury , Grant McCune , John McGee , Drew McKeen , Gregory L. McMurry , Mark Michaels , Katie Nook , Edward Notoli , Ariel Oclarino , Jeffrey A. Okun , Joe Pasquale , Eric Pender , Cristin Pescosolido , Jason Piccioni , Corinne Pooler , Jay Redd , David Rey , Tony Sands , John E. Sasaki , Clark Schaffer , Kevin Schwab , Jerry Sells , Tony Sgueglia , Tom Shaughnessy , Monty Shook , William Shourt , Brian Shows , Thomas J. Smith , Kurt E. Soderling , Pete Sorenson , David Stump , George Denes Suhayda , R. Gern Trowbridge , Patrick Tubach , Cesar Velazquez , John B. Wallace , Jason Wardle , Ronnie E. Williams Jr. , Christopher Wilson , Rick Won , Michael Yost , David Youel , John Ziegler , Tom Zils , Victor Abbene , Wayne Baker , Constance Bracewell , Erin M. Cullen , Sean Dever , Moose Enright , Anthony Harris , Chris Holmes , Roger Huynh , Stephen Kennedy , Anne Putnam Kolbe , Roger Kupelian , Salvy Maleki , Will McCoy , Paul McGhee , Barb Meier , Jason Ortenberg , Tony Preciado , Scot Shinderman , Randy Starr , Jerry Tessendorf
Music Department: James Burt , Robert Elhai , Elliot Goldenthal , Joel Iwataki , Richard Martinez , James Nichols , Curtis Roush , Jonathan Sheffer , David Bergeaud , Deniz Hughes , John Moses
Miscellaneous Crew: David Van Woert , G. Anthony Phillips , Lizette Jamison , Kevin Le Blanc , Marcel Valcarce , Michael Greggans , Miles Flewitt , Wendy Altman-Cohen , Shelley Barbour , Pier Belton , Mark Bosia , Joe Branch , Billy Brashier , Brian Callier , Bob Christensen , Mary Courtney , Matt Danciger , Lynn Dubal , Christine Dye , Brent Ekstrand , John Embry , Martin Garner , Adam Greenberg , Jack Higgins , Rose Hlaing , Donna Lee Hunt , Lauren Feige Keskinel , Kristin Korsgaard , David Krudis , Braden Kuhlman , Steve Larson , Mary Ellen Leonard , Abbie Ludwig , Wende Martin , Kurt Mattila , Mike McDonough , Denise Morgan McGrath , John Monsour , Bev Morgan , Matthew Morrissey , Jasa Murphy , Kate Neumann , Kris Newman , George Patterson , Jean Pierce , Buz Presock , Gail Rose , Marie Rowe , Robert Rusello , Trent Schultz , Kas Self , Michael Singer , Leonard L. Thomas , Christian Wadman , Sandra L. Yeary , Co-Co Aiello-Younger , Bundy Chanock , Matt Cohen , Kyle Cooper , Stacy De La Motte , Brian Dettor , Joseph Emanuele , Illya Friedman , Rose Heeter , Lichelli Lazar-Lea , Don Tomich , Robert Zullo
Other Companies: Avilon Audio , Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. , Central Casting , Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment , DTC Grip & Electric , Diving Systems International , Hawkes Ocean Technologies , Howard Anderson Digital Effects , Imaginary Forces , Makeup Effects Laboratories , Manhattan Center Studios , NSA/Hitachi , Ocean Technology Systems , Otto Nemenz International , Reel Chefs Catering , Sabron Payroll Services , Scarlet Letters , Skywalker Sound , Sony Music Studios , Sony , Tomkats Catering , Umax Computer , Varèse Sarabande
Costume Designer: Gloria Gresham
Make Up: Carmen Fraile , Allan A. Apone , Mark Boley , Marietta Carter-Narcisse , Catherine Childers , John Quaglia , Robert Ryan , Tricia Sawyer , Brian Van Dorn , June Westmore , Michael White , Rob Hinderstein , Christopher Allen Nelson , Tom Steves
Assistant Director: David R. Ellis , Katterli Frauenfelder , Cara Giallanza , Jim Goldthwait , Robert Huberman , L. Dean Jones Jr. , Robert J. Mooney , Miles A. Perman
Art Department: Tory Belleci , Kent Jones , James F. Oberlander , Nils Thyrring , Travis Huffman , Craig Seamas , Marcel Worch , John Giuliano , Aprile Lanza Boettcher , Damon Bowden , Geoff Hubbard , William Beck , R. Gilbert Clayton , Deborah Fine , David Gabrielli , Michael E. Goldman , W. Steven Graham , Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt , Henry Stuart John , Erin Kemp , Marion Kolsby , Sean Mannion , Nancy Mickelberry , Nick Navarro , Edward V. Pannozzo , Randall Richards , Marvin Salsberg , Brett C. Smith , Dawn Swiderski , Julie Witherington , Kurtis Bedford , Burpo , Todd Cherniawsky , Joseph Conenna , Richard Ewan , Gustavo R. Ferreyra , Fred Folger , Aaron Hakeem , Steven Ladish , Thomas Lauifi , Jim Magdaleno , Robert Misetich , John Oster , Robert L. Peden , Edward J. Protiva , Mike Stassi , Randy Syracuse , Leslie Turnbull
Camera and Electrical Department: Andrew Bennett , Ronald A. Miller , Richard A. Hunt , Darren Jon Taylor , Sean Flood , James F. Oberlander , Edward J. Cox , Michael Guthrie , Patrick Campbell , Patrick Ryan , Joshua Teicher , Marty Coen , Eric Amundsen , Charles John Bukey , Gary Capo , Alan Cohen , Allen D. Easton , Brad Emmons , Ian Fox , Tom Fox , Mike Gerzevitz , Stanley L. Gonsales , Shai Greenberg , Brian Hamill , Bud Heller , Doug Hunt , Nathan Johnson , Jeff Kunkel , Kevin J. Lang , Steven C. McGee , Brad Peterman , Alan L. Porter , Cynthia Pusheck , P. Scott Sakamoto , Paul Santoni , Rodney Veto , Michael D. Weldon , Eric Blum , Michael Condro , Dylan Goss , Steve Hastings , Eric K. Jones , John Lacy , Michael Meier , David H. Neale , Douglas Olivares , James R. Powell , Jamie Ronnei , Kurt E. Soderling , Brian Tilden , John Trunk , Joseph D. Urbanczyk , Steven J. Winslow , David Youel
Set Decoration: Anne Kuljian
Costume Department: Andrew M Nelson , Oda Groeschel , Barbara Hartman-Jenichen , Adrienne Manhan , David Mayreis , Kelly Porter , Nancy Servin , Mary Elizabeth Still , James W. Tyson , Christopher Gilman
Production Design: Norman Reynolds
Special Effects: Joseph Hahn , Patrick M. Gerrety , Paul Barnes , Louis Farah , Peter Albiez , Dan Cangemi , Joe Colwell , Michael Davis , Kim Derry , Gil Gagnon , Nori Honda , Conrad Krumm , John LaNoue , Bruce Lippstreu , Leonard MacDonald , Jeff Miller , Ken Pepiot , Frank Schepler , Greg Smith , Sean Taylor , Rick Weed , Christian T. Andrews , Scott Cobb , Jack Edjourian , Damian Fisher , Dana Klaren , Alex Palumbo
Videos: Video 1
Script Department: Heather Harris , Julie Pitkanen
Stunt Performer: Paul Borne , Michael T. Brady , Liisa Cohen , Alex Daniels , Cliff Fleming , Christian J. Fletcher , Thirl Haston , Scott Hubbell , Brian L. Keaulana , Lisa McCullough , Jeff Mosley , Tim Rigby , Christina Ritzi , Ronnie Rondell Jr. , John Rottger , Frank James Sparks , Keith Tellez , Dana Kristen Vahle , Danny Weselis
Location Management: Michael John Meehan , Brian Dettor
Number of Seasons: Rodney Hope , Lee Garibaldi , Tommy Tancharoen , Jerry Sidwell
Seasons: Ellen Chenoweth
Casting Department: Brennan Dufresne , Nina Henninger
Special Effects Companies: Cinesite (Hollywood) , Grant McCune Design , Hammerhead Productions , Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) , Steve Johnson's XFX