A reporter is drawn into the dark side of post-war Copenhagen as he attempts to uncover a crime syndicate on an unprecedented level.
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Cast

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 Bjarne Madsen (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Lisbeth Gordan (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Ole Madsen (6 episodes, 2000)
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 H.C. Vissing / ... (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Arthur Næslund (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Vera Madsen / ... (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Svend Aage Hjalmar (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Eva Lund (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Georg Vanbjerg (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Ove Ramsing (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Aaberg (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Jochumsen (6 episodes, 2000)
Peter Rygaard ...
 Hjort (6 episodes, 2000)
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 Ingvar Gordan (5 episodes, 2000)
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 Lillian Olsen (5 episodes, 2000)
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 Gylling (5 episodes, 2000)
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 Væsel (5 episodes, 2000)
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 Billy / ... (5 episodes, 2000)
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 Dam Jensen (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Vilhelm Davidsen (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Kitty Gordan (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Svenne / ... (4 episodes, 2000)
Jimmy Jørgensen ...
 Krølle (4 episodes, 2000)
Thomas Milton Walther ...
 Victor (4 episodes, 2000)
Mikkel Vadsholt ...
 Røde (4 episodes, 2000)
Per Goldschmidt ...
 Meyer (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Advokat (4 episodes, 2000)
Steen Stig Lommer ...
 Carlo (4 episodes, 2000)
Henrik Koefoed ...
 Overbetjent Pedersen (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Arne Hansen (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Topsy (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Asmus (3 episodes, 2000)
Lars Lunøe ...
 Justitsministeren (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Rudolf Novak (3 episodes, 2000)
Michael Hasselflug ...
 Volmer Olsen (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Erik Thuesen (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Helga Krog / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Chip (2 episodes, 2000)
Ole Thestrup ...
 Foto-Brandt (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Jørgen Schiøtt (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Grev Erik (2 episodes, 2000)
Birgit Zinn ...
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Moussa Diallo ...
 Dale (2 episodes, 2000)
Marianne Høgsbro ...
 Dommer (2 episodes, 2000)
Hans Henrik Clemensen ...
 Carlzon (2 episodes, 2000)
Martin Roy Wade
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Pia Koch Stead ...
 Greta (2 episodes, 2000)
Nikolaj Steen ...
 Busch (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Sangerinde (2 episodes, 2000)
Jesper Bodilsen ...
 Bassist / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
Carsten Bagge ...
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Carsten Skov Nielsen ...
 Vibrafonist (2 episodes, 2000)
Mads Tolling ...
 Violinist (2 episodes, 2000)
Jacob Dinesen ...
 Tenorsaxofonist (2 episodes, 2000)
Søren Kristiansen ...
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Carina Due ...
 Værtinde (2 episodes, 2000)
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Storyline

In 1949, during perilous times in post-war Denmark, Bjarne Madsen, an honest and ambitious young journalist, is determined to unmask the organised crime, the underground black markets and the corruption which plague the city of Copenhagen. Sooner or later, Bjarne will finally get the chance to begin his crusade after the unexpected encounter of two faceless bodies that were bound together and washed ashore. Eventually, Bjarne with the invaluable help of the esteemed crime reporter H.C. Vissing, they will discover that behind this web of corruption, fraud and blackmail, lie hidden, entrepreneurs, ex-Danish Resistance members, politicians and even the Police. Written by Nick Riganas

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Trickery, Fraud, Lawlessness and Corruption.


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26 March 2000 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Spider  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series is based on a true story - the case of the spider syndicate is Danish crime history. However, the story is fictionalized, and the conclusion of the plot is not to be considered absolute truth. The credits include this reminder (translated): "Some characters and events in 'Edderkoppen' are inspired by historical people and events, but it is important to stress that the story is fiction and that the characters, as they appear in the series, are fictional." See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Edderkoppens kølvand (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and soul
Written by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour (uncredited), Frank Eyton (uncredited) and Johnny Green (uncredited)
Performed by Katrine Madsen
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Distinctive and intense, with great supporting performances also
11 August 2014 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Scandinavia, particularly Denmark and Sweden are famous for their thrilling crime series, and as an admirer, I try to watch as many as possible. I had not heard of Edderkoppen before - apparently due to the distribution year - but several Danish actors I like have the series included in their filmography. And yes, lots of fine Danish actors active in the 21st century perform there, making even smaller roles memorable, for example Lars Mikkelsen, Lars Bryggmann, Bent Mejding, Lars Bom, Bjarne Henriksen, Stine Stengade... As for Jakob Cedergren as the leading character Bjarne Madsen, he is good too, although I am would not place him among the TOP10 - or I have not seen enough films with his presence.

The plot - based on real events - is also intense and wittily created, there are not too many films depicting post-WWII living, and from historical perspective, it does not easily become timeworn. Cinematography has skilfully exploited the era's larger mysticism and ambiguity, nevertheless, one can ponder on and over enduring issues and values such as loyalty, family ties, media's role, illusions vs. reality and others. The ending could have been more sophisticated, but it does not diminish the overall value.

Of course, Denmark is far another society than in the 1940ies, but thanks to well-tailored creation, Edderkoppen is pleasant to follow, and its 6 episodes is just right, not protracted. Strong 8 points from me.


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