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Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 May 2002 (USA)
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When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.



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Based on Marvel Comics' superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can't confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is "miserable" is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him... and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist ... but the fun isn't going to last. An eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn administers a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take Green Goblin to the task... or else Goblin will kill him. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end. Written by Soumitra

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A Gift. A Curse. A Destiny. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spider-Man: The Motion Picture  »

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Box Office


$139,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,844,116, 5 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$403,706,375, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$821,708,551, 31 December 2002
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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie cost over $100 million to produce, and another $30 million to promote. See more »


When the name "Green Goblin" is first suggested, Mr. Jameson says something like "Call the Patent Office, I want to copyright that name." This confuses two different departments. The PTO (Patent and Trademark Office) deals only in Patents and Trademarks, while copyrights are issued by the Copyright Office. He should have said either "Call the Patent Office, I want to trademark that name," or "Call the Copyright Office, I want to copyright that name." See more »


[first lines]
Peter Parker: [voiceover] Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale... if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied.
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Crazy Credits

The intro credits are all spun on a spider web and the end credits are surrounded by webbing on random sides of the screen. See more »


Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.12 (2008) See more »


Written and Produced by Chad Kroeger
Performed by Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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User Reviews

Amazingly Spectacularly Great
26 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having seen the trailers for this film I have to say that I didn't walk into the cinema with high hopes. The computer effects looked badly integrated, the Green Goblin's costume looked awful and comic book adaptations usually have such painful scripting and plotting. Thankfully I was wrong on most counts (The Goblin still looks rubbish).

As it turns out, this is probably the best super-hero film I've yet seen - certainly up there with Superman and Batman. People seem to automatically comment that the script and acting was bad because they expect it to be the case in these films; and indeed it usually is. But if you go into Spider-man without this prejudicial attitude you'll be pleasently suprised. The acting is generally great - there is never a time when anyone is not believable as their character and you think "Hey, that's an actor, not Peter Parker". The effects do look artificial but the pace of the movie means you don't have time to dwell on this and the script is fine! What do people want, Shakespearian soliloquies? That would sound incredibly out-of-place in modern day New York. There are few of the painful cliches or dreadful dialogue that plague films like The Phantom Menace and the catchphrases like "friendly neighbourhood spider-man" are fully in-keeping with the character.

The comic turns from J.J. Jameson hit the mark, the snarling facial contortions of Willem Defoe were suitably evil-looking (and the conversation with his mirror-image was a great touch). My only gripe was with the Green Goblin's costume. Very monotone green and not very scary.

All-in-all a great film that I wouldn't hesitate for a second in recommending.

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