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


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

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Esfera  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Samuel L. Jackson would work on this film during the week, and then work on Jackie Brown (1997) on the weekends. See more »

Goofs

When Jane Edmunds gets called away from her station she pushes her headset down from her head onto her neck and walks away - only the previous shot shows that the headset is connected with a cable. 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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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 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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The best underwater action film!
27 November 2002 | by (Cardiff, Wales (UK)) – See all my reviews

This is the rarest of action films - one that engages your intellect not just your senses.

On the seabed in mid-ocean a huge vessel is discovered. A team is dispatched to investigate - and what they find is beyond belief.

Admittedly there were a couple of scenes which I felt missed the intended realism of the film, and occasionally it seemed far too obvious what was going on, but the ending resolved everything beautifully.

I suspect that fans of action films will feel let down by the thought necessary to follow this film, and fans of science fiction may well feel that after the first half hour there is a lack of a traditional sci-fi element. Many people I'm sure will feel that too little is explained, but the point of the film is that it doesn't need to be - the message of the ending is strong enough that we don't need explanation.

I'd particularly recommend this film to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. I was fairly impressed by the action integrated in The Abyss, but Sphere far surpasses it in terms of plot. Most of all, if you like films that simply entertain, this is not for you. It's more about the reactions it causes in you when you follow the story. If you come away from this film unchanged, you've missed the point.


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