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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 58 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Spider-Man / Peter Parker
... Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
... Mary Jane Watson
... Harry Osborn
... Ben Parker
... May Parker
... J. Jonah Jameson
... Flash Thompson
... Maximilian Fargas
... Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
... Henry Balkan
... General Slocum
... Dr. Mendell Stromm
... Carjacker
... 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

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Do you want to know who I am? I'm Spider-Man See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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3 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spider-Man: The Motion Picture  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$139,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,844,116, 5 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$403,706,375, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$821,708,551, 31 December 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the comics, Peter gets his powers from a radioactive spider. In real life this spider would die once it became radioactive. However, in this movie the spider that bites Peter is a genetically-designed "super-spider," one which has the best abilities of various types of spiders. Genetic engineering is a real area of scientific study, and there have been cross-breeding experiments to combine the DNA of animals. Therefore, it is at least theoretically possible that there could be a "spider man." See more »

Goofs

During the parade attack sequence when MJ falls from the balcony she is first seen falling side-down. As Spider-Man catches her she is falling face-down. In the next shot, of Spider-Man about to catch her from above, she is on her side again. 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.
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Crazy Credits

The intro credits are all spun on a spider web and the end credits are surrounded by webbing on random sides of the screen. See more »

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Soundtracks

Panorama
Written by Jan Novak, Fras Milan, and Dejan Knez
Performed by Laibach
Courtesy of Cherry Red Records
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Amazing!
2 May 2002 | by See 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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