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Sphere [1998] (1 disc)

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Director:Barry Levinson
Writer:Kurt Wimmer
Paul Attanasio
Stephen Hauser
Composer:Elliot Goldenthal
Length:135 minutes
(2 hours 15 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:17%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Sci-Fi
  • Suspense / Horror
  • Action
  • Mystery
  • CG
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Synopsis: A team is assembled to investigate a discovery at the bottom of the ocean.


Reaction: If you like tension, surprises, and cerebral dialogue, this is a great movie.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Barry Levinson => Director
Kurt Wimmer => Writer
Paul Attanasio => Writer
Stephen Hauser => Writer
Elliot Goldenthal => Composer
Michael Crichton => Novel
Bernard Hocke => Seaman
Dustin Hoffman => Dr. Norman Goodman
Huey Lewis => Helicopter Pilot
James Pickens Jr. => O.S.S.A. Instructor
Liev Schreiber => Dr. Ted Fielding
Marga Gómez => Jane Edmunds
Michael Keys Hall => O.S.S.A. Official
Peter Coyote => Captain Harold C. Barnes
Queen Latifah => Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher
Ralph Tabakin => O.S.S.A. Official
Samuel L. Jackson => Dr. Harry Adams
Sharon Stone => Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Many scenes, like Harry and Norman's conversation about making up the ULF report and dealing with Ted, were completely improvised.
  • [?] Joseph Hahn, the DJ in rock band [?] Linkin Park, designed the sea snake.
  • The ending had to be reshot because test audiences could not believe that the characters could survive without spending weeks in decompression.
  • When Harry suggests that Ted try to translate the communication using binary, the subsequent display is in base-10, not binary.
  • The jellyfish attack sequence used a combination of puppets, computer-generated images, and footage of real jellyfish filmed at a nearby aquarium. The footage of real jellyfish was played at three to five times its normal speed to make the jellyfish appear more aggressive.
  • Andre Braugher was originally cast as Harry.
  • Barry Levinson toyed with the idea of having Queen Latifah and Huey Lewis record a duet for the end credits.
  • The scene where Harry (Samuel L. Jackson) nearly chokes when he hears he is eating fried squid was not in the original novel, and was most likely added as a reference to the infamous 'chestburst scene' from Alien.