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Sphere (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  13 February 1998 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Marga Gómez ...
Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke ...
O.S.S.A. Instructor
Michael Keys Hall ...
O.S.S.A. Official
Ralph Tabakin ...
O.S.S.A. Official


1000 feet below the ocean, navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? Will they survive the mysterious 'manifestations'? Who or what is creating these? They may never live to find out. Written by Michael Hofer <fbci4@escape.ca>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action including some startling images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esfera  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,586,765 (USA) (13 February 1998)


£2,397,055 (UK) (24 April 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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When Harry and Norman are talking after the scene in the eating area, and Harry tells Norman they are going to die down there, Harry lies down in his bunk. The first shot shows Harry lying with his head on the pillow and the next shot shows Norman from Harry's perspective and his right foot is hanging over the bed. As the conversation ensues, Harry sits up in his bed and is clearly seen leaning against the wall, which means his legs should have moved up too. The next shot of Norman shows that Harry's right foot is still hanging over the edge. See more »


[the group is breathing helium]
Dr. Ted Fielding: [high pitched voice] Oxygen is a corrosive gas, in the same family as fluorine and chlorine - hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid. That's why we're breathing helium down here, because oxygen at any level higher than 2.3 becomes toxic.
Norman Goodman: [high pitched voice] Can you run that by me again, Ted? I don't speak balloon.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »


References Aliens (1986) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Harry James and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

Sphere ****
12 August 1998 | by (Fishkill NY) – See all my reviews

Sphere represents a new standard in science fiction. With a solid plot and good acting, it proves itself to be better than the stereotypical childish effects films. Director Barry Levinson provides great visuals that make the spooky underwater environment come alive. The film is a psycological mystery thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. It has good dialogue and is more concerned with characters and their development than with cool looking ways of killing them off. Based on Michael Crichton's book, Sphere is a breath of fresh air in a genre that really needs it.

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