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Warner Bros. Released 1998



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Barry Levinson

Sphere follows a team of scientists as they plunge thousands of feet beneath the ocean's surface to explore an alien spaceship trapped in 300 years worth of coral growth. Marine biologist Dr. Beth Halperin oversees the mission aboard Habitat, an underwater living environment. The team also includes mathematician Dr. Harry Adams, astrophysicist Dr. Ted Fielding, psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman and a member of the U.S. Navy. Upon closer inspection of the ship, however, they discover it isn't alien. It's an American spaceship that was sent back in time through a black hole. The future crew had been tasked with retrieving items from around the galaxy and return them to earth for study. Among the items is a mysterious sphere with strange powers that threatens Habitat and the crew. Before they can evacuate to the surface and safety, a typhoon rolls into the area, trapping them beneath the water.

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    Dustin Hoffman

    Dustin Hoffman

    Dr. Norman Goodman

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Dr. Harry Adams

    Sharon Stone

    Sharon Stone

    Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin

    Liev Schreiber

    Liev Schreiber

    Dr. Ted Fielding

    Peter Coyote

    Peter Coyote

    Captain Harold C. Barnes

    Queen Latifah

    Queen Latifah

    Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher

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      • Production budget - $80,000,000
        Domestic gross - $37,020,277
        Worldwide gross - N/A

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $64,410,546
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - N/A

      • Other production companies:
        Baltimore Pictures
        Constant c Productions
        Punch Productions
        Roadshow Entertainment (AU distributor)

      • Taglines:
        Terror can fill any space
        A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...

      • Filming locations:
        Mare Island Naval Yard
        , Vallejo, California
        Mare Island, Vallejo, California
        S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, San Francisco, California
        Vallejo, California

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