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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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Complete credited cast:
Marga Gómez ...
Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke ...
O.S.S.A. Instructor
Michael Keys Hall ...
O.S.S.A. Official
Ralph Tabakin ...
O.S.S.A. Official


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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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


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel L. Jackson would work on the film during the week and then move onto Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997) at weekends. See more »


When Beth is accessing the Spacecraft's computer "Unknown Entry Event" is readable when reflected off her helmet, it should be mirrored. See more »


Norman Goodman: ['Jerry' types on the screen "I WILL KILL YOU!"] No Jerry don't do that.
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Crazy Credits

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


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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Could Have Been a Great Sci-Fi
23 September 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The psychiatrist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) travels from San Diego to the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean to help survivors of a plane crash. Soon he learns that he was actually summoned by Captain Harold C. Barnes (Peter Coyote) to team-up with the biochemistry Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin (Sharon Stone); the mathematician Dr. Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson); and the astrophysical Dr. Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber) to investigate an unknown life form in a spacecraft that crashed two hundred and eighty-eight years ago.

The team saturates with helium to travel to a base close to the UFO 1,000 feet below the ocean and operated by the military Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher (Queen Latifah) and Jane Edmunds (Marga Gómez). Barnes, Norman, Beth, Harry and Ted go to the spaceship and discover that it is terrestrial from the future. Further, the computer indicates an Unknown Entry Event, probably a Black Hole that brought the spaceship to the past. Harry uses logic and concludes that if the crew had never heard anything about their discovery in the present days, they will probably dies. But they all are intrigued with a mysterious sphere inside the spacecraft. There is a storm in the surface and the fleet must leave the area, leaving Barnes and his team without communication. Harry sneaks out and enters in the sphere and then his manifestations come to life threatening the group. Will they survive to the power of the mysterious sphere?

I saw "Sphere" on the late 90's but I did not like it. Yesterday I saw it again, now on DVD, and this time I found it a sci-fi with an intelligent story but with a terrible direction. The greatest problem are the characters that are unpleasant, unlikable and emotionally detached and without feelings.

The situation of the fleet leaving the area due to a storm but without leaving a submarine in the area to give support to the group is also a great flaw in the story. This screenplay in the hands of Spielberg or James Cameron could have been a great film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Esfera" ("Sphere")

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