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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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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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The game is far from over.



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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The ending for the film was re-shot due to poor test audience reception. See more »


When Cross and Flannigan arrive at Chesapeake Bay to investigate the scene of the murdered fisherman, mountains are visible in the background. There are no mountains at all in that region. 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

During the opening credits some of the letters drift down attached to a spider thread. See more »


References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

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Speaking as one who hasn't read the book...
16 February 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I must say this film was better than your average thriller to me. Call me stupid, that's just fine, but I didn't see the ending coming at all. Of course, it didn't hurt the film's stature to have Morgan Freeman back in the lead role, the guy doesn't seem to be able to make a bad film and is one of the most underappreciated actors of his time. Also, Michael Wincott is one hell of a great villain, as he has proved time and time again in The Crow and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, as well as this film. Monica Potter is indeed Julia Robert's clone, and that's not good in my eyes. I cannot stand Julia Roberts or any movie she has ever been in (I actually WATCHED My Best Friend's Wedding with my girlfriend in the theaters, and it was so bad even she couldn't watch it). All in all, I highly recommend this film as a modern day thriller. Yes, it has a few holes and gets bogged down a bit in the middle, but Freeman as always is a delight to watch and the film is about as good a thriller as you'll find in modern times. That's just one guy's opinion.

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