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Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978)

Unrated | | Action, Family, Fantasy | TV Movie 2 August 1979
At the New York State University, one of Peter Parker's tutors has accidentally given three students all the materials they need to create an atomic bomb. While Peter Parker tries to find ... See full summary »

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Spider-Man / Peter Parker (archive footage)
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J. Jonah Jameson (archive footage)
Chip Fields ...
Rita Conway (archive footage)
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Mr. White (archive footage)
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Gale Hoffman (archive footage) (as Joanna Cameron)
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Captain Barbera (archive footage)
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Craig (archive footage)
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Angel (archive footage) (as Lawrence Casey)
Simon Scott ...
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Inspector DeCarlo (archive footage) (as Sid Clute)
Anne Bloom ...
Carla Wilson (archive footage)
Steven Anderson ...
Ted (archive footage)
Herbie Braha ...
LeBeau (archive footage) (as Herb Braha)
Emil Farkas ...
Karate Thug (archive footage)
Wil Albert ...
(archive footage) (as Will Albert)
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At the New York State University, one of Peter Parker's tutors has accidentally given three students all the materials they need to create an atomic bomb. While Peter Parker tries to find out what's happened, the police suspect him of the crime, and Peter has to deal with an attractive journalist determined to get an interview with Spider-Man. Then dastardly millionaire Mr. White shows up, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on the atomic bomb. Spider-Man must defeat this scheming villain and stop him blowing up the World Trade Centre... Written by Truman Burbank

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2 August 1979 (Netherlands)  »

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Released theatrically across Europe, but on TV in the U.S. See more »

Quotes

Mr. White: [looking at Gale in a white bikini] Very nice.
Gale Hoffman: Why do I have to dress this way?
Mr. White: Two reasons, one, because I like women in bikinis, and two, I feel safer when I know there's no place for them to hide any weapons.
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Followed by Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge (1979) See more »

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Lots of fun if you know what to expect
19 November 2001 | by (Miami, Fl.) – See all my reviews

For me, the 70s Spiderman live action movies were great fun. I look back on it with a lot of fondness and nostalgia. Someone unfamiliar with the series may not like it, but then again, you might if you know what to expect.

This is a low-budget made for TV film. The villains are regular villains in the form of a millionaire and his henchmen. If you know that, than I think your chances of enjoying this are better.

Despite its low-budget and lack of supervillains, I think the film still felt like an "epic" adventure. I really liked the musical score in the film. The acting was solid all the way around even if the 70s clothing styles may make you laugh.

Even today, I think Nicholas Hammond was a great choice to play Peter Parker/Spiderman. He was very convincing in the role, and fun to watch. I'd place his casting up there with Christopher Reeve as Superman and Linda Carter as Wonder Woman.

The rest of the cast is very good. JoAnna Cameron made an excellent companion for Peter Parker. Robert Simon was solid as J.Jonah Jameson, especially when threw a tantrum. Chip Fields was great as Rita. And Michael Pataki was great as Capt. Barbera.

I understand that this particular film was shot entirely in LA, which I wish I never read, because I always felt that the New York scenes FELT like New York.

As far as I'm concerned, the creators of this series made the very best they could with their small budget. I imagine with a Hollywood movie budget, the same people involved here would've made a Spiderman movie franchise equally enjoyable, but with special effects and super-villains to match.

That's not to say that the effects are bad. Just limited. The wall-crawling, web-slinging and fight scenes are solid.

I hope these Spiderman adventures will be available on DVD someday because I would definitely buy them.


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