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Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 May 2002 (USA)
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When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Stan Lee (Marvel comic book), Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Willem Dafoe ... Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Kirsten Dunst ... Mary Jane Watson
James Franco ... Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson ... Ben Parker
Rosemary Harris ... May Parker
J.K. Simmons ... J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello ... Flash Thompson
Gerry Becker ... Maximilian Fargas
Bill Nunn ... Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Jack Betts ... Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson ... General Slocum
Ron Perkins ... Dr. Mendell Stromm
Michael Papajohn ... Carjacker
K.K. Dodds ... Simkins

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Storyline

Based on Marvel Comics' superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can't confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is "miserable" is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him... and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist ... but the fun isn't going to last. An eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn administers a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take Green Goblin to the task... or else Goblin will kill him. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end. Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Gift. A Curse. A Destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(at around 22 mins) The scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane's lunch on the tray involved no CGI. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand, eventually, after 156 takes, he performed the stunt exactly as seen. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Spider-Man first rescues Mary Jane at the Unity festival and swings her to safety, they are moving to the right but her hair is flowing that way, too, instead of blowing in Spider-Man's face. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Parker: [voiceover] Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale... if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied. But let me assure you: This, like any story worth telling, is all about a girl. That girl. The girl next door. Mary Jane Watson. The woman I've loved since before I even liked girls.
[referring to Flash Thompson sitting next to her]
Peter Parker: I'd ...
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

In the version that showed on Cartoon Network, there were many cuts for time, violence, and swearing. All uses of ass, hell, and damn were scrubbed from the movie (i.e. Goblin says "we're gonna have [an interesting] time" as opposed to a "hell of a time"). References to religion were also trimmed. There is also an alternate angle of Norman getting impaled that is less violent. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jimmy Shaker Day
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Amazing!
2 May 2002 | by sdjones-1See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed "Spider-Man," which I saw in a screening. I thought the movie was very engrossing. Director Sam Raimi kept the action quotient high, but also emphasized the human element of the story. Tobey Maguire was very believable as the gawky teenager in the early part of the film and then, after his run-in with the radioactive, genetically engineered spider, as the athletic, acrobatic superhero of the title. His boyish glee at discovering his new superpowers was infectious and got a lot of laughs. I also didn't mind the changes to the "Peter Parker: The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book story that the film's writers made, e.g., having Spider-Man's web come out of glands in his wrists rather than being an invention of Peter Parker's. Especially good were Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson as Aunt May and Uncle Ben Parker, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin, James Franco as Harry Osborn, and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. And in a small but memorable role, J.K. Simmons ("Oz," Law & Order") as newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson was hilarious. Perfect casting. I also thought the special effects were very good. Although I could easily tell when Spidey was a computer-generated image (or a stunt double for that matter), it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the movie. However, I saw the movie with a six-year-old, who found the villainous Green Goblin -- superbly personified by Willem Dafoe -- very, very frightening, so I would advise against taking children younger than 10 years of age to this movie. "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book was a childhood favorite of mine, and I can honestly say that Sam Raimi has done it justice! I'm going to go see this movie again (sans terrified six-year-old).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spider-Man: The Motion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Valhalla, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$139,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,844,116, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:

$407,022,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$825,025,036
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1.85 : 1
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