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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Don Jakoby (story) &
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Release Date:
18 July 1990 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude. See more »
Plot:
A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Daniels ... Dr. Ross Jennings

Harley Jane Kozak ... Molly Jennings

John Goodman ... Delbert McClintock

Julian Sands ... Doctor James Atherton

Stuart Pankin ... Sheriff Lloyd Parsons

Brian McNamara ... Chris Collins

Mark L. Taylor ... Jerry Manley

Henry Jones ... Doctor Sam Metcalf

Peter Jason ... Henry Beechwood

James Handy ... Milton Briggs

Roy Brocksmith ... Irv Kendall

Kathy Kinney ... Blaire Kendall

Mary Carver ... Margaret Hollins

Garette Ratliff Henson ... Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz ... Shelley Jennings
Jane Marla Robbins ... Edna Beechwood
Theo Schwartz ... Bunny Beechwood
Cori Wellins ... Becky Beechwood
Chance Boyer ... Bobby Beechwood

Frances Bay ... Evelyn Metcalf
Lois De Banzie ... Henrietta Manley
Warren Rice ... Dick Manley

Robert Frank Telfer ... Mayor Bob
Michael Steve Jones ... Irv's Assistant

Fiona Walsh Heinz ... Little Girl (as Fiona Walsh)
Terese Del Piero ... Mom
Nathaniel Spitzley ... Todd Miller
Jay Scorpio ... Mover
Mai-Lis Kuniholm ... Girlfriend
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Reserve pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Juan Fernández ... Miguel Higueras (uncredited)

Brandy Norwood ... Brandy Beechwood (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Marshall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Don Jakoby (story) &
Al Williams (story)

Don Jakoby (screenplay) and
Wesley Strick (screenplay)

Produced by
William S. Beasley .... associate producer
Robert W. Cort .... co-executive producer
Ted Field .... co-executive producer
Don Jakoby .... co-producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
Richard Vane .... producer
Daniel Vellucci .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Mikael Salomon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Judy Taylor 
 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as James Bissell)
 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr 
 
Set Decoration by
Jackie Carr 
 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Parsons 
 
Makeup Department
Carolyn Elias .... hair stylist
Sandy Jelamby .... hair stylist: Venezuela
Sandy Jelamby .... makeup artist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James L. McCoy)
David Quashnick .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Nicolás Di Blasi .... production manager: Venzuela (as Nicholas Dibiasi)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Cohen .... first assistant director
David D'Ovidio .... second assistant director
Luisa De La Ville .... assistant director: Venezuelan unit
Steven Spielberg .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Max E. Brehme .... set dresser
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor
Abraham Bucce .... set construction: Venezuela
Julio Bucce .... assistant property master
Mike Carrillo .... set dresser (as Michael Carrillo)
Paul Castillo .... assistant property master: Venezuela
Joseph H. Catmull .... propmaker
Paul Cohen .... construction foreman
Ernest Depew .... construction coordinator
Tim Donelan .... leadman
Edward Eyth .... illustrator
Marc Fambro .... labourer
Gus Feederle .... assistant property master
Louis S. Fleming .... property master
Jill Hall .... art department production assistant
Eero Hautanen .... propmaker foreman
Donald Kaedig .... set dresser
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master
Martin A. Kline .... storyboard artist
Scott W. Leslie .... set dresser
Mike Litteken .... construction foreman (as Michael Litteken)
Paul Litteken .... construction foreman (as Paul A. Litteken)
Edward T. McAvoy .... assistant art director
James Passanante .... stand-by painter
Suzanne Lee Peck .... art department coordinator
Eric S. Saperstein .... painter
Tom Southwell .... production illustrator
Carl J. Stensel .... senior set designer
Tom von Badinski .... welder
Frank White .... laborer
 
Sound Department
Jane Alden .... loop groop member
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Ed Bannon .... sound effects processing (as Edward Bannon)
Kevin Bartnof .... sound mixer
Ellen Blain .... loop groop member
Steve Borne .... assistant sound editor (as Steve Born)
Cathy Cavadini .... loop groop member
Judi M. Durand .... loop groop member (as Judy Durand)
Mary Erstad .... sound effects processing
Bruce Foster .... assistant sound editor
Richard Friedman .... supervising adr editor
Chasen Hampton .... soundtrack
William Hartman .... sound editor (as Bill Hartman)
Doris Hess .... loop groop member
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound
Dave Ice .... sound editor
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Ronald Jackson .... boom operator
Roxanne Jones .... sound editor (as Roxanne McCarthy)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer (as Ronald Judkins)
R.J. Kizer .... supervising adr editor (as Robert Kizer)
Rocky Krakoff .... loop groop member
Jimmy Ling .... sound editor
Christina MacGregor .... loop groop member
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Randy McDonald .... cable operator
Ryan McWhorter .... loop groop member
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
David Randolph .... loop groop member
Gary Schwartz .... loop groop member
La Gloria Scott .... loop groop member
Tanya Sharp David .... adr mixer (as Tanya David)
Don S. Walden .... sound editor (as Don Walden)
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor (as Chris Welch)
David Williams .... sound editor
Destiny Borden .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Oscar Mitt .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Connie Angland .... animatronic engineer
Carol Bauman .... animatronic engineer
Carol Bauman .... animatronic technician
Jon Berg .... animatronic engineer
R. Michael Bisetti .... special effects assistant (as Michael Bisetti)
Bryan Dewe .... animatronic engineer
John Drouillard .... animatronic technician
Stephan Dupuis .... animatronic engineer
Guy Hudson .... animatronic engineer
Jamie Hyneman .... special effects technician
Conrad Itchener .... animatronic engineer
James Kent .... animatronic engineer
Crit Killen .... special effects
Kelly Lepkowsky .... animatronic engineer
Victoria Lewis .... animatronic engineer
Alan Lipney .... animatronic engineer
Michelle Lyman .... special effects crew
Clayburn Moore .... animatronic engineer
Gregg Olsson .... animatronic engineer
Jim Schwalm .... special effects assistant (as Jim Schwalm)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects assistant
Gregg Sofranco .... animatronic engineer
Valerie Sofranko .... special effects technician
Michael Steffe .... animatronic engineer
Bob Stoker .... special effects foreman
Lucinda Strub .... special effects assistant
Matt Sweeney .... special effects supervisor
Lauren Vogt .... animatronic engineer
Danny Wagner .... animatronic engineer (as Dan Wagner)
Chris Walas .... creature effects supervisor
Melanie Wallas .... animatronic engineer
Scott Wallas .... animatronic engineer
Harold Weed .... animatronic engineer
Michael Wick .... creature fabricator
David Wiezer .... special effects: CWI
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... director of matte photography
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World
Michael Olague .... visual effects crew
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor
Alison Savitch .... visual effects coordinator
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Theren .... creature effects
 
Stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunts (as Clark Coleman)
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
John Robotham .... stunts
Lincoln Simonds .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
James Waters .... stunts (as Jim Waters)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
David Powledge .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Baehler .... camera loader
David Bartholomew .... set lighting technician
Alicia Brauns .... second assistant camera
Dwight Campbell .... gaffer
Jesse Chavez .... best boy grip
Peter Clarson .... chief rigging gaffer
Richard Foreman Jr. .... additional still photographer
Ian Fox .... first assistant camera
Jack Glenn .... grip (as Jack P. Glenn)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Eric J. Goldstein .... camera operator
Henry Guerrero .... assistant camera: Venezuela
Jorge Gutiérrez .... grip: Venezuela
Bobby Huber .... key grip
Paul Iski .... grip
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator
Jimmy Leavens .... dolly grip
Michael E. Little .... camera operator
Natalio Lorenzo .... assistant camera: Venezuela
David Luckenbach .... second assistant camera
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Andy Ryan .... best boy electric
Francisco Silva .... best boy grip: Venezuela
Antonio Subero .... key grip: Venezuela
Alfonso Vera .... gaffer: Venezuela
Christopher Duddy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... casting: Cambria
Allison Gordon-Kohler .... casting assistant (as Allison Gordon)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Maser .... costumer: women
David S. Powell .... costumer: men (as Dave Powell)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Alan Cody .... assistant editor
Patrick Crane .... assistant editor
William Goldenberg .... assistant editor
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production coordinator
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
 
Location Management
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Paul Hargrave .... location manager
 
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
Michael Boddicker .... musician: synthesizers
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Guy Dagul .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Paul Hulme .... music mixer
Steve Jones .... music coordinator
Russ Kunkel .... music arranger: songs
Russ Kunkel .... musician: drums
Michael Lang .... musician: piano (as Mike Lang)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica
John Richards .... score mixer
Tom Scott .... musician: saxophone
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Randy Burke .... transportation captain
Dan Marrow .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Maria Rita Amari .... Italian dubbing assistant director
Tiffany Ann Battersby .... craft service
Bart Brown .... production coordinator assistanr
John Connell .... gyrosphere assistant
Manlio De Angelis .... Italian dubbing director
Renee Dupont .... assistant to producer
Ann Eysenring .... production coordinator
María Eugenia Gil .... production supervisor: Venezuela
Roland G. Haiek Wuff .... production supervisor: Venezuela
Mark Harden .... animal trainer
Jurgen Heimann .... spider spotter
Christie Johnston .... production coordinator
Michael Kelem .... gyrosphere assistant
Chuck Kristensen .... spider consultant
Jim Kundig .... live spider coordinator
Steven R. Kutcher .... supervising entomologist
Ricardo Loewenstein .... production supervisor: Venezuela
Daniel J. Lombardo .... production assistant
Russell Martin .... production assistant
Walter M. McCormick .... projectionist (as Walter McCormick)
Arnold Peterson .... spider consultant
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Bonne Radford .... production controller
Kelly Richards Ralston .... first payroll accountant
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Mikael Salomon .... gyrosphere operator
Brian Steward .... production assistant
Jules Sylvester .... animal trainer
Phil Todd .... wind synthesist
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
 

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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When in the cemetery exhuming one of the bodies, the name of the grave in the background says MacNamara, which is also the surname of the actor Brian, playing Chris Collins.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 1h 27 mins) When the exterminator's truck stops between the barn the house, there is a crew member behind it, between the porch roof and the attic roof.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor James Atherton:Well that could be the good news.
Doctor James Atherton:[the spiders die soon after biting the victim]
Milt Briggs:Now let's discuss the bad.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Left My Heart In San FranciscoSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Arachnophobia' about?
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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Freakish thriller, 10 November 2000
Author: jhaggardjr from Chicago, Illinois

"Arachnophobia" is a very entertaining horror movie produced by Steven Spielberg. It's takes the fear of spiders to the next level. The film opens with an expedition in South America where a very deadly tarantula puts the bite on an American photographer, killing him in the process. Just before the body gets transferred back to the U.S., the spider sneaks into the coffin. Once in the states, the tarantula quickly mates with a domestic house spider and that creates the ultimate nightmare. Before you know it, a new strain of spiders have been born, that these little creepy crawlers are just as lethal! Jeff Daniels is excellent as the new doctor in town who hates spiders. He begins to realize something strange is happening. A couple of deaths occur, and the doc feels that these unexpected demises might be spider related. And man it's a scary ride to the finish. "Arachnophobia" literally gave me the creeps. And it's also funny. Many of the film's comedy is provided by John Goodman as the town exterminator. He's literally a hoot. The thing about this movie that surprised me is that I was pulled into the story right from the beginning and it kept my attention all the way to the end. "Arachnophobia" was directed by Frank Marshall, Spielberg's long time collaborater, in his directorial debut. Marshall did a very good job his first time out helming a film which looked like a promising career move at first. He made his second film, "Alive" a few years later (I've not seen this one yet). Then he made "Congo", which was one of the worst movies of 1995, and hasn't directed another movie since (at least not to my knowledge). But "Arachnophobia" was an above average debut for Marshall. He's got good potential as a director. This isn't a brilliant movie, but a good one. And it's lots of fun. One word of warning: if you have a fear of spiders, don't watch this. You'll probably hate it. Don't say I didn't warn you.

*** (out of four)

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