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Sphere (1998)

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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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Storyline

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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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esfera  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£686,484 (UK) (3 April 1998)

Gross:

£2,397,055 (UK) (24 April 1998)
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Trivia

Many scenes, like Harry and Norman's conversation about making up the ULF report and dealing with Ted, were completely improvised. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry first makes contact, he transmits in code : "MY NAME IS JERRY". Later, the code is revealed to have been mistranslated and the message reads: "MY NAME IS HARRY" If the letters H, E, J, and A in the simple letter/number substitution code were wrong, the first message would have read: "MY NEMA IS JERRY". Also, the entire series of conversations they had would have exhibited the same error, yet none did so. (HAPPY would have been JEPPY, ALL = ELL, etc.) See more »

Quotes

Norman Goodman: I would be happy if Jerry had no emotions whatsoever. Because the thing of it is once you go down that road... here's Jerry, an emotional being cooped up for 300 years with no one to talk to... none of the socialization, the emotional growth that comes from contact with other emotional beings...
Harry: So...?
Norman Goodman: What happens if Jerry gets mad?
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »

Connections

References Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M MAKING BELIEVE
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by The Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald
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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