February 13th, 1998



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SphereStill of Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in SphereJoan Collins at event of SphereSphereMelanie Griffith at event of SphereDustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah at event of Sphere

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.7/10 (41,895 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson

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.

Writers: Michael Crichton, Kurt Wimmer

Dustin Hoffman - Dr. Norman Goodman
Sharon Stone - Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin
Samuel L. Jackson - Dr. Harry Adams
Peter Coyote - Captain Harold C. Barnes
Liev Schreiber - Dr. Ted Fielding
Queen Latifah - Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher
Marga Gómez - Jane Edmunds
Bernard Hocke - Seaman
James Pickens Jr. - O.S.S.A. Instructor
Michael Keys Hall - O.S.S.A. Official
Ralph Tabakin - O.S.S.A. Official

Taglines: A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...


Official Website: Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 13 February 1998

Filming Locations: Mare Island Naval Yard, Vallejo, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,586,765 (USA) (16 February 1998) (2814 Screens)

Gross: $37,020,277 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Shot at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the descent to the underwater habitat, Harry identifies the classical music inside the mini-sub as: "Mozart. Horn Concerto in E-Flat, K447.", which is not correct. It is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Horn Concerto in D, K412.

Beth: I wanted to thank you for saving my life.
Norman Goodman: ...An interesting life to save...

User Review

The best underwater action film!


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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