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Spider -- A mentally-disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Spider -- A mentally-disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.


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Release Date:
13 September 2002 (Portugal) See more »
The only thing worse than losing your mind... is finding it again. See more »
A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
Patrick McGrath (novel)

Patrick McGrath (written by)

Produced by
Maria Aitken .... associate producer
Catherine Bailey .... producer
Jane Barclay .... executive producer
Sanjay Burman .... associate producer
David Cronenberg .... producer
Charles Finch .... executive producer
Simon Franks .... executive producer
Sara Giles .... associate producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Victor Hadida .... executive producer
Sharon Harel .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Martin Katz .... executive producer
Hannah Leader .... executive producer
Luc Roeg .... executive producer
Guy Tannahill .... line producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Andrew Sanders 
Art Direction by
Arvinder Grewal 
Lucy Richardson 
Set Decoration by
Marina Morris 
Clive Thomasson 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... makeup artist: UK
Stephan Dupuis .... chief makeup artist (as Stéphan L. Dupuis)
Andrea Finch .... hair stylist: UK
Andrea Finch .... makeup artist: UK
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti .... hair designer
Inge Klaudi .... makeup artist (as Inge Klaude)
Tony Lilley .... hair stylist: UK
Carol Marinoff .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Nick Girvan .... unit manager: UK (as Nick Knox Girvan)
Kelly Howard-Garde .... production manager
Lynda McKenzie .... post-production supervisor
Marilyn Stonehouse .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Jennifer Côté .... third assistant director
Sara Desmond .... second assistant director: UK
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Ben Howard .... second second assistant director
Jon E.A. Hunter .... second assistant director
Mike Manzato .... trainee assistant director (as Michael Manzato)
Alex Oakley .... co-second assistant director: UK
Abbie Weinberg .... third assistant director
Art Department
Marshall Aver .... production buyer
David Balfour .... property master: UK
Jeffrey Benedetti .... laborer
Carlos Caneca .... lead man
Marlon Cole .... dressing props: UK
Michael Comeau .... assistant head carpenter
Allan Croucher .... head plasterer: UK
Peter Croucher .... plasterer: UK
Joe Curtin .... construction coordinator
James Foster .... assistant art director: UK
Mark Geeson .... dressing props: UK
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Matthew Gray .... draughtsman: UK (as Matt Gray)
Margaret Graysmark .... construction buyer: UK
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager: UK
Robert Hill .... chargehand stand-by
Jon Hunter .... second assistant art director
Paul Jefferson .... head carpenter
Henry Jesiak .... assistant property master
Bryce Johnston .... carpenter: UK (as Bryce Johnstone)
Cheryl Ladrillo .... on-set painter
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks .... assistant set decorator
Charlie McGinlay .... painter: UK
Hugh McKenzie .... carpenter: UK
Michael J. Meade .... property buyer (as Michael Meade)
John Mister .... plasterer: UK
Laura Moneta .... assistant head painter
James Muir .... stand-by stagehand: UK
Ian Nelmes .... key scenic artist
Joseph Newman .... stand-by carpenter: UK
John Porter .... carpenter: UK
Albert Roper .... stand-by painter: UK
Randy Ross .... head painter
Keith Shannon .... plasterer: UK
Michael Sherwin .... mouldmaker
Adrian Start .... head painter: UK
Matthew Start .... painter: UK
Angelo Stea .... on-set dresser
Gregor Telfer .... props
Remo Tozzi .... draughtsman: UK
Keith Vowles .... storeman: UK
Abbie Weinberg .... assistant art director
John Wells .... chargehand dresser: UK
Laurence Wells .... dressing props: UK
Lotta Wolgers .... art department runner: UK
Stephanie Yarymowich .... second scenic artist
Sound Department
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christian Cooke)
Eliot Crackower .... re-recording assistant
Tony Currie .... sound editor
David Evans .... supervising sound editor
Robert Farr .... adr mixer
Robert Farr .... adr recordist
Glen Gauthier .... production sound mixer (as Glen Emile Gauthier)
Cornelia Mariana Gavrilescu .... foley recording asisstant
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Craig Mann .... re-recording assistant
Joanne McLeish .... assistant sound effects editor
John Midgley .... sound mixer: UK
Paul Munro .... sound maintentance
June Prinz .... boom operator: UK
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Rebecca Wright .... foley assistant
David Yonson .... adr recordist
Gren-Erich Zwicker .... assistant dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects shop coordinator
Rob Sanderson .... special effects key technician
Alan Senior .... special effects supervisor: UK
Chris Watson .... special effects technician: UK
Daniel White .... special effects coordinator: Canada (as Danny White)
Visual Effects by
Stanley Monahan .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Allan Angus .... electrician
Pierre Berube .... best boy rigging electric
Russel Bowie .... a camera
Don Caulfield .... electrician (as Donald Caulfield)
Alan Coates .... generator operator: UK
Darcy Gasparovic .... second assistant camera
Glen Goodchild .... best boy grip
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Greg Grainger .... grip
Duane Gullison .... best boy electric
Rawdon Hayne .... assistant camera
Nick Kenealy .... video assist operator: UK
Jim Krauter .... dolly grip
Stephen Lee .... video assist operator: London
Roger Lowe .... rigging gaffer: UK
Jim MacCammon .... electrician (as Mac MacCammon)
Iain Mackay .... camera trainee: UK
Ronald Meeks .... head rigger: UK
Monty Montgomerie .... grip
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Gary Nagle .... electrician: UK
Andrew W. Peart .... video operator (as Andrew Peart)
Phil Penfold .... best boy electric: UK
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer: UK (as Larry Prinz)
Nick Ray .... key grip: UK
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Sky Sharrock .... clapper loader: UK
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Dan Thomas .... electrician: UK
Jason Vettese .... camera trainee
Alan Williams .... stand-by rigger: UK
Malcolm Wilson .... rigger: UK
Paul Zoskey .... 24 frame video operator
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Canada (as Deidre Bowen)
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Pippa Hall .... casting: Boy Spider
Julie Harkin .... casting assistant
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Lucy Townsend .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Bronfman .... costume coordinator
Matthew Campbell .... assistant costume supervisor
Nigel Egerton .... assistant costume designer: UK
Brenda Gilles .... costume supervisor
Andrew Hunt .... costume assistant: UK
Alison Mitchell .... costume assistant: UK (as Ali Mitchell)
Vanessa Munro .... wardrobe mistress: UK
Vanessa Woolgar .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Steve Lowry .... on-line editor
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Tad Seaborn .... assistant editor
Michael Toll .... dailies telecine assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Arbuckle .... composer: song "Choral Fantasy" Trailer
Jim Bruening .... music production assistant
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor
Jeff Grace .... music crew
Greg Laporta .... music programmer
Kevin Mahonchak .... music preparation
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Michael Tremante .... music co-producer
John Wriggle .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Martin Birmingham .... production driver
Joe Hall .... transportation coordinator
Jazz Helie .... transportation coordinator
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver: grip (as Ian Lisi)
Richard Magennis .... driver: prop runaround
Garry Phaneuf .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nicole Achim .... production controller
Ian Aegis .... location manager: UK
Vicki Allen .... floor runner
Victoria Allen .... floor runner: UK
Anna Beben .... production coordinator
Colin Bishop .... projectionist: Mr. Youngs Preview Theatre
Rupert Bray .... location scout: UK
David Broder .... location manager
Laurence Brown .... Legal Services
James Chasey .... stand-in
Rachel Clarke .... second assistant accountant
Sean Coyne .... key craft service
Linda Drew .... assistant: Ms. Richardson
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Annie Gilhooly .... production coordinator
Brenda Gilles .... set supervisor
Helen Gregory .... assistant production coordinator
James Griffiths .... production office runner
Lon J. Hall .... legal counsel: Canada
Allin Kempthorne .... stand-in
Emily Man .... assistant: Ms. Bailey
Jill McCullough .... dialogue coach
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Susan Merritt .... production accountant
Kelly Messias .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Stephen Naulls .... assistant accountant
Derry Neilan .... projectionist: Mr. Youngs Preview Theatre
Ben Ockrent .... production office runner
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Davina Pardo .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Beth Partridge .... stand-in
Jules Pereira .... assistant production coordinator (as Julie Pereira)
Agnes Pifeteau .... projectionist: Mr. Youngs Preview Theatre
Alan Pinniger .... location manager: UK
George Ploszczansky .... assistant location manager: Toronto
Bob Presner .... completion bond
Barbara Pullan .... location manager
John Rakich .... location production assistant
John Roy .... accountant
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician
Peter Silverhall .... stand-in
Sue Sparling .... first assistant accountant
Clea Tammes .... assistant: Mr. Roeg
Douglas Thompson .... production assistant
Anna Worley .... script supervisor: UK

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Rated R for sexuality, brief violence and language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi")See more »
Continuity: Position of Spider's feet changes when he sets down his suitcase after getting of the train.See more »
Yvonne:What you say your name was? Now don't tell me... Bill. Always been one of my favorites. I had a cat called Bill once.See more »


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86 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
This film is nothing short of a Masterpiece, 17 April 2003
Author: John Broadway from Athens, Greece

This film kept me totally engaged during every single second. The acting was no less than you would expect from such a talented cast - brilliant performances from all. Ralph Fiennes is just superb. Gabriel Byrne in probably the most difficult role of his career to date keeps the `secret' to the end. John Neville and Lynn Redgrave, provide the supporting roles with a flare that never upstages the lead actors. Bradley Hall as the Boy Spider gave a fine performance as only child actors can. But it was the Chalk and Cheese characters play by Miranda Richardson that for me stole the show and clearly shows how deep her talents run.

The script, adapted by the author of the book, was powerful without going over the top and was very authentic. Even throwaway lines by supporting actors had meaning and helped convey the power and momentum of this masterpiece `.. seven packets of Crisps and a packet of Embassy.' Many times have I uttered similar words in a London Pub.

The locations were so real, you could smell and tasted them - I grew up in such a places and in the same period as the Boy Spider - every single and highly accurate detail brought my childhood memories rushing back.

The story is real - events like the critical event in this film really did happen and still do.

For international readers, England from the late 70's onwards adopted a 'Care in the Community' programme and every city and major town has halfway houses, like the one portrayed in this film, where newly released inmates of mental institutions are ordinarily just dumped to fend for themselves.

This film is nothing short of a Masterpiece - the real pity is that it won't appeal to a wider international audience.

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