Up 489 this week

Spun (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  7 February 2003 (Norway)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 31,475 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 199 user | 91 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

An out-of-control speed freak is introduced his drug of choice's creator by his dealer. A massive three-day adventure ensues.



(screenplay), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Zackary Adler
Stars: Keram Malicki-Sánchez, April Grace, Brittany Murphy
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Stars: Matt Lucas, Peter Stormare, James Caan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire
Try (2000)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Stars: Linda Santiago, Carl Tosterud, Max Vitali
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Stars: Shaun Ross
Angels! (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Three glamorous "female" private investigators from an elite Los Angeles Detective agency are brought back to life after 25 years of slumber in a freeze drying chamber. Frozen by evil ... See full summary »

Director: Rico Martinez
Stars: Ruben Zambrano, John Stapleton, Sutan Amrull
Kids (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins.

Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny
Blow (2001)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente
Bully (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
Horsemen (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between a serial killing spree and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore


Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloe Hunter ...
Elisa Bocanegra ...
Julia Mendoza ...
La Sadgirl
Neighbor (as Deborah Harry)
Fat Boy


An out-of-control speed freak is introduced his drug of choice's creator by his dealer. A massive three-day adventure ensues.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Algunos viven a otro ritmo... (Some live at a different pace...) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

7 February 2003 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

The Cook  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,160 (USA) (14 March 2003)


$410,241 (USA) (16 May 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


One of the characters is watching a video by Norwegian black metal band Satyricon. The song is called "Mother North". The group agreed to Jonas Åkerlund using the video upon condition that he direct their next video clip "Fuel for Hatred". He shot the video in 2003. See more »


When Ross arrives to The Cook motel room, by the time that Nikki is going to work to the strip club, The Cook is wearing black and white sneakers, then right ahead, after threatening Ross, is wearing cowboy boots. See more »


Ross: You know what the best thing is? I'm not hooked... I could stop at any time.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the Opening Credits, Each character has his or her own logo See more »


Referenced in Of Bitches & Hounds (2007) See more »


(Peter Stormare)
Performed by Blonde from Fargo
Courtesy of Swedeswedemusic
Under license of City Music AB
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A wild ride
6 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Spun is a wild ride, an ADD movie that seems to say, `If you don't like what's on screen right now, don't worry it'll change in the next ten seconds.' Director Jonas Akerlund, cut his teeth in the frenetic world of music video and it shows. Spun spins out of control from its opening minutes, shooting out images and plot points willy nilly. This makes Snatch look slow by comparison. If you can keep up with the pace, there is something here. Akerlund takes us deep inside the crystal meth culture, and it is an unnerving but hilarious journey. We meet a group of characters tied together by their association with one man, the crystal meth cook. We get a good sense of the lives of these characters, and even like some of them, no matter how addled they are by their addictions. What we see in Spun isn't story driven as much as it simply a slice of life – a dirty, sped up slice of life. Good performances compliment the material, particularly from Mickey Rourke as the Cook, Jason Schwartzman as the likeable speed freak and John Leguizamo who sheds almost all his inhibitions in this role.

30 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Requiem For A Spun-Spotting Madvillainist
Do you think that Nikki... PJSparkle
What's with the tied up chick? littleimac
how did u find out about this movie k_kristina145
If you've ever done Meth, you know... dirtys0ap
Pupils atlanticdr
Discuss Spun (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: