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Sphere (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  13 February 1998 (USA)
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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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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


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£2,397,055 (UK) (24 April 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Dustin Hoffman expressed some disappointment with the film. He felt it wasn't yet ready to be released when it was. There were many more issues that needed to be addressed but they didn't have the time to cover them all. They had to deliver what they had for the release date, which he felt was an incomplete film. See more »


The crew used re-breathers scuba equipment. A re-breather allows you to breathe your own air over and over again and produce no bubbles. See more »


Beth: I wanted to thank you for saving my life.
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References The Abyss (1989) See more »


Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Performed by The Ink Spots
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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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