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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 ...
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind... See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. See more »


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 »


Beth: I wanted to thank you for saving my life.
Norman Goodman: ...An interesting life to save...
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Crazy Credits

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


References Twelve Monkeys (1995) See more »


Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Vienna Mozart Ensemble, Herbert Kraus, Conductor
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

great movie
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave it a 9 due to the fact that they didn't explain everything out for me. So often I watch movies and can easily predict everything that is going on, and how it is going to turn out. This movie is not that way. Great suspense from beginning to end, and it will leave you thinking when it is over.

If the writers/producers were to tell all about the plot, the best part of the movie (not being exactly sure what is going on) would be ruined.

As they talk to the ''unknown'' creature through the computer, this gives the movie a much more eerie feel.

A must watch for anyone who likes movies.

Rent it or buy it today.

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