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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Norman Goodman
... Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin
... Dr. Harry Adams
... Captain Harold C. Barnes
... Dr. Ted Fielding
... Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher
Marga Gómez ... Jane Edmunds
... Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke ... Seaman
... O.S.S.A. Instructor
Michael Keys Hall ... O.S.S.A. Official
Ralph Tabakin ... O.S.S.A. Official
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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:

Sfera  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,586,765, 13 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,020,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,100,000, 5 April 1998
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Trivia

Several people involved with this movie have worked with Steven Spielberg. Spielberg directed Dustin Hoffman in Hook (1991), Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park (1993) and Peter Coyote in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Huey Lewis and director Barry Levinson have also worked on projects produced by Spielberg. Lewis contributed to the soundtrack of Back to the Future (1985) and Levinson directed Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Beth floods the med lab, Norman dives for an oxygen tank. While diving he accidentally hits his head against a table. This was not scripted thus it occurred as a real accident. See more »

Quotes

Harry: So that's what the little green men are saying now? "Take me to your therapist"?
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Event Horizon (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

BALI HA'I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Samuel L. Jackson
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A fairly decent Crichton flick!
11 October 2002 | by 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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