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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.


Barry Levinson


Michael Crichton (novel), Kurt Wimmer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Dustin Hoffman ... Norman
Sharon Stone ... Beth
Samuel L. Jackson ... Harry
Peter Coyote ... Barnes
Liev Schreiber ... Ted
Queen Latifah ... Fletcher
Marga Gómez Marga Gómez ... Jane Edmunds
Huey Lewis ... Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke ... Seaman
James Pickens Jr. ... O.S.S.A. Instructor
Michael Keys Hall ... O.S.S.A. Official
Ralph Tabakin 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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A Barry Levinson film See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This film was the second Michael Crichton adaptation for Samuel L. Jackson and Barry Levinson. Jackson appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), and Levinson directed Disclosure (1994). See more »


(at around 26 mins) Just after the crew enter the craft Beth says that someone else must have been there because of the foot steps - she means foot prints. See more »


Norman Goodman: What the hell is it?
Captain Harold C. Barnes: Whatever it is - it seems to be what this bird was designed to do. Go out in the space and gather things like this up and bring it back.
Norman Goodman: Yeah, but back from where?
Dr. Harry Adams: Don't get too excited, Ted - turn this thing over and it'll probably say 'Made in Korea'
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The original home video releases have the 75th anniversary variation of the current Warner Bros. logo at the beginning and the 1992 closing logo at the end, both with the Time Warner Entertainment byline. Current prints plastered this with the standard version of the current Warner Bros. logo at the beginning, and the 2001 Warner Bros. closing logo at the end, both with the 2003 TimeWarner byline. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Written by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

the book by Michael Crichton is so much better, but the movie's a fun ride too!
25 July 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The book sphere, by Michael Crichton, is excellent. The movie on the other hand, falls short. The film of course, doesn't follow the book exactly, like all book-to-movies, however, it does follow pretty closely, considering. Dustin Hoffman fits into PERFECT character. He plays his character just like the book plays him. Quiet. Not very excitable. Samuel L. Jackson, was also good. However, my casting flaw would be Sharon Stone. She's horrible, not playing her character at all well. However, for some reason people don't like this movie, even despite Sharon Stone and some other flaws. I watched this before the book, so I don't like it because I read the book. I like this film before I read the book. So, I don't get why people don't like SPHERE. I mean, sure it's not great, but it's entertaining enough on a friday/saturday night to watch along with some popcorn. Give this film a break. Rent it.....I'm sure you won't be too dissapointed.

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,433,957, 15 February 1998

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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