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Along Came a Spider (2001)

When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

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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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A tangled web of danger and deceit... See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 April 2001 (USA)  »

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Telaraña  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$74,058,698 (USA) (10 August 2001)
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Trivia

Gary Soneji's prosthetic makeup and affected British accent make him look and sound like actor David Thewlis. See more »

Goofs

When Cross enters Union Station, the caller tells him to get on "the Metro", which is the common term for the Washington DC subway system. A few scenes later, a news reporter refers incorrectly to the subway system as "the MTA". See more »

Quotes

[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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Michael Wincott is listed as "Kichael Wincott" See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Along Came a Spider' (2001) See more »

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Underrated. 7 of 10.
5 July 2002 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The plot starts out in a very straight-forward manner: a man with an ambition to become criminal legend kidnaps the daughter of a congressman right out from under the nose of the FBI. He then sends a note and a sneaker of the girl to Detective Alex Cross, hence forcing him out of his self-inflicted isolation, the reasons of which are explained in the opening scene. Along with the FBI agent who was in charge of security at the scene of the crime, he follows the clues laid out by the kidnapper in order to find the girl. And so the story goes.

The kidnapper is portrayed by the always formidable Michael Wincott, the best serial villain on that side of the Atlantic. He should have the Best Supporting Role awards piled up in his attic. Alex Cross, whom we remember from "Kiss the Girls", and portrayed by Morgan Freeman, is just the kind of cop you like best: sincere, sympathetic, intelligent, thorough and committed. Monica Potter features as the FBI agent determined to redeem herself after she let the kidnapper escape.

This may not be a blockbuster, but this solid and underrated thriller delivers what so few of them have to offer these days: a final plot twist that genuinely surprises. It shall not be revealed here.


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