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Along Came a Spider (2001)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  6 April 2001 (USA)
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A congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school by an insider who calls Det. Alex Cross, sucking him into the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dimitri Starodubov
Ben Devine
Floyd the Fisherman


Detective/psychologist Alex Cross loses his partner in an out of control 'bust.' He stops working and cannot forgive himself. He is drawn back to work reluctantly when a senator's daughter is kidnapped and the kidnapper seems to want to deal with Alex personally. Written by Lindsay

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Telaraña  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,712,407 (USA) (6 April 2001)


$1,155,221 (Italy) (26 October 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story takes place over the course of a few days. In the novel that the film is based on, the story takes place over the course of around two years. Also, in the book, Alex Cross is 38 years old with two kids, where as in the film he is in his mid to late fifties. See more »


Towards the end, when Devine is at home watching TV and smoking, his cigarette is half smoked, there is plenty of it left. One second later, after a cut it is almost finished, with much more ash. See more »


[first lines]
Tracie: Tonight was your first night at the club, wasn't it?
Jim: No. I've been there a few times before.
Tracie: Really? Well, how come I haven't seen you?
Jim: I noticed you the first night I walked in. You always stand out.
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Crazy Credits

The final two characters listed are Man Who Can't Answer Phone and Potentially Evil Guy On Train See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.71 (2009) See more »

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Hey give it some slack...
6 February 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've been reading some of the comments for this movie, and think that many of you are over-critical. This is a psychological thriller, and plays it's part well. Morgan Freeman is one of my favourite actors, and he plays Detective Alex Cross very well. I enjoyed the movie on a thriller type basis. If you want to be critical about it not living up to the book's legend then fine... cause I'll be the first one to tell you that it's barely anything like the book. "Along Came a Spider" was a wonderful book and the character of Gary Soneji was compared to a spider... if anyone was wondering why the title was called that. I'm not one to bash movies unless they are horrible, and for those of you that think this movie is horrible... thats just your call. This movie is good, its just not the book. *** out of *****

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