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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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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$37,020,277 (USA)
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Trivia

The Navy men subplot, that was featured in the book, was slated to be included in the film as well. The original script had Norman talking to three mysterious men, appearing abruptly without explanation, who promised to rescue them. While Norman was talking to them, the Navy men faded out and finally disappeared. Apparently, this was another manifestation caused by the Sphere's powers. This scene was streamlined for the final shooting script by having Norman simply waking up and realizing that the Navy men were just a dream. The subplot was dropped from the finished film. See more »

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When Harry and Norman are talking after the scene in the eating area, and Harry tells Norman they are going to die down there, Harry lies down in his bunk. The first shot shows Harry lying with his head on the pillow and the next shot shows Norman from Harry's perspective and his right foot is hanging over the bed. As the conversation ensues, Harry sits up in his bed and is clearly seen leaning against the wall, which means his legs should have moved up too. The next shot of Norman shows that Harry's right foot is still hanging over the edge. See more »

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Barnes: Ask him for his last name.
Harry: What?
Barnes: I want a full name for my report. I'm not putting in my report that I lost a crew member on a deep-sat expedition to find an alien named "Jerry."
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »

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Referenced in Godzilla (1998) See more »

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BALI HA'I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Samuel L. Jackson
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Sphere ****
12 August 1998 | by (Fishkill NY) – See all my reviews

Sphere represents a new standard in science fiction. With a solid plot and good acting, it proves itself to be better than the stereotypical childish effects films. Director Barry Levinson provides great visuals that make the spooky underwater environment come alive. The film is a psycological mystery thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. It has good dialogue and is more concerned with characters and their development than with cool looking ways of killing them off. Based on Michael Crichton's book, Sphere is a breath of fresh air in a genre that really needs it.


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