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Sphere (1998)

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

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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>

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

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$36,976,367 (USA) (17 April 1998)
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Trivia

This film was the second Michael Crichton adaptation for Samuel L. Jackson and Barry Levinson. Jackson appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), while Levinson directed Disclosure (1994). See more »

Goofs

Ted sees Harry in the shower, and Harry is singing. He doesn't have on his voice adapter. So, Harry's voice should be very high, due to the helium in the air. However, his voice is perfectly normal.The voice adapter is the small box on the silver chain worn round their neck, the chain is clearly visible round Harry's neck. See more »

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Norman Goodman: Can I ask you something about this reflective surface?
Barnes: Yeah, it appears to be mercury, doesn't it? Except mercury is liquid at this temperature.
Norman Goodman: Oh, no. That's not what I'm talking about. What worries me is that it's reflecting everything but us.
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »

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Referenced in Taken (2002) See more »

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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A fairly decent Crichton flick!
11 October 2002 | by (houston, TX) – See all my reviews

After reading many users' mixed comments on the movie..i can't help but feel that a majority have underrated the film. True it could have been better, especially in the latter half, but having read the book first, i did not feel it actually falling off midway like the way other viewers have described it. People who have read the novel will acknowledge that the movie does follow the novel fairly closely. Thus comments about Hoffman's role and the ending are unfair, since i feel they are the closest big-screen reproductions of one of Crichton's best works. I feel Stone's character was the role followed the weakest.

Definitely the giant squid thrills are insufficient (note that Crichton devoted a good part of his novel describing encounters with 'the monster'). I guess animation artists were short budgeted...though the film as a whole still is a visual treat...and the atmosphere is rightly captured, with nice music.

Overall, I think the movie is worth watching and is definitely of a much higher caliber than 'The Lost World'. It follows a psychological-cum-sci-fi thriller theme and i feel is better than the similar flick 'Abyss'. As from the novel's point-of-view...it could have been done better though. 8/10 stars!


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