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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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$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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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 Jane Edmunds gets called away from her station she pushes her headset down from her head onto her neck and walks away - only the previous shot shows that the headset is connected with a cable. See more »

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Norman Goodman: ['Jerry' types on the screen "I WILL KILL YOU!"] No Jerry don't do that.
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Harry James and His Orchestra
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Disappointing, sadly miscast
23 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have written about this film in the past under another moniker, and decided to give it another go under my current name. "Sphere," which tanked at the box office, is an adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel about a mysterious object found in a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean. Dustin Hoffman plays a shrink who is enlisted by the government, in the form of Peter Coyote, to lead a team to examine the spaceship. Once inside, they find the stranger artifact, a simple sphere. What they find in time is that the thing allows those who come into contact with it to manifest their thoughts into reality. Nuff said about the plot. The first half of the movie is pretty entertaining, as we only know what the shrink and his team know. The second half is an utter dog. Looks like they rushed production, scrimped on the special effects, and generally made a mess of what might been another "2001." Hoffman is all wrong for his role, and Sharon Stone as his ex-wife and fellow explorer is also miscast. A better movie on a similar theme is Anderson's "Event Horizon," which unfortunately also suffers from a weak second half. I'd even recommend Cameron's "The Abyss" over this, as long as you don't mind sitting through a movie that is longer than necessary.


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