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Spider-Man (2002)

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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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$403,706,375, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$821,708,551, 31 December 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an online interview with the Planet Origo website, director Albert Pyun said that he was hired to direct "Spider-Man" for Cannon Films back in 1988. He said that his movie would have featured the origin of Spider-Man, featured Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard, as the film's main villain, and that most of the movie would have been featured in the sewers of Brooklyn, where Spider-Man would chase after, and fight with, the Lizard. His plans to direct "Spider-Man" fell through when Cannon Films went bankrupt. Oddly enough, his basic story line was used in 2012 in the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). See more »

Goofs

We hear a dial tone coming from Harry's cell phone after Mary Jane hangs up. Cell phone systems have no dial tone. 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

Towards the end of the closing credits the theme song from the original Spider-Man animated series is played. See more »

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

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Written by Thomas Flowers, Doug Eldridge, and Ric Ivanisevich
Performed by Oleander
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A really great comic book adaptation
8 October 2005 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

"With great power comes great responsibility".These words, spoken by Peter Parker's uncle Ben(Cliff Robertson)during their last conversation and which have become Spider-Man's motto, also perfectly represent the challenge Sam Raimi was facing when asked to bring one of America's most loved superheroes to the screen.

You can relax, fellas: Raimi's movie is definitely worth a look.Loosely based on the origin story and the Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. run, it's a fascinating mix of spectacular action and powerful drama, as it chronicles Peter Parker's(Tobey Maguire) transformation into a superhuman and the responsibilities deriving from said metamorphosis: while fighting crime to avenge his uncle's death, he also has to deal with his feelings for Mary Jane Watson(Kirsten Dunst) and his friendship with Harry Osborn(James Franco); add Harry's father Norman(Willem Dafoe), who's become schizophrenic psycho Green Goblin, and you've got a quite complicated situation.

Raimi's excellent at showing us the hero's pain, as well as the one he causes to others, and he gets terrific performances from the entire cast, particularly Maguire, Dafoe and Robertson.

On its own, it's a very good superhero flick, alongside the sequel, it's an absolute masterpiece.

Recommended even if you don't care about the comics.


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