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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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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,586,765 (USA) (16 February 1998)

Gross:

$37,020,277 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was shot in warehouses with specially constructed water tanks, rather than being filmed on the high seas because Warner Bros. didn't want to repeat the debacle of Waterworld (1995). Filming it on the ocean, would have sent the budget into the stratosphere, which is what crippled Waterworld's chances at the box-office. They managed to trim the budget by twenty million dollars, but despite all their precautions, Sphere (1998) still died a quiet death at the box-office. See more »

Goofs

After Harry saves Norman when he has a valve leak and is attacked by a sea snake, there is a sky shot of Harry telling Norman to breathe normally. In the last few seconds of the scene you can clearly see in the lower left hand corner the leg of a crew member wearing shorts with black and white sneakers. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: I see you have a scar on your neck.
Beth: Car accident.
Interviewer: Were you drinking?
Beth: Yeah - but I wasn't driving.
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »


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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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Very disappointing
12 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened to have read most of Michael Creightons novels including this one. Usually with the movie versions of his stories you lose something but this one it lost a lot. They changed a lot of the story, now i don't complain about that normally because i understand you have to change stories to make them good movies. But the changes in this made it worse. The acting was especially bad. This was probably Samuel Jacksons worst performance. The movie starts out okay i thought it could almost be a good movie, but it went way down hill the last 30 minutes of the movie. Anyway this movie was just a complete bust and i don't recommend it. The only reason it got a 4 is because i like the story.


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