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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

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


James Pickens Jr.

O.S.S.A. Instructor

Michael Keys Hall

O.S.S.A. Official

Ralph Tabakin

O.S.S.A. Official

A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind…


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Release Date: 13 February 1998

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

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000


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

Gross: $37,020,277

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.


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

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,
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
this film unchanged, you've missed the point.