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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 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:

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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Trivia

(at around 37 mins) Octavia Spencer plays the check-in-girl at the wrestling match. See more »

Goofs

(at around 22 mins) When Peter is trying to talk to Mary Jane in the cafeteria you can see behind where he is standing there are numerous people and tables between him and the back wall. Peter then sits down and in the very next shot his table is one table away from the wall behind him. The shot may be lower but is from the same angle as before. 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

The closing credits are surrounded by webbing. 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 »


Soundtracks

Itsy Bitsy Spider
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Performed by Willem Dafoe (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Toby Maguire spins a mean web...excellent fun movie...
15 December 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

One of the most successful translations of "comic book to screen" has fine results in SPIDER-MAN, a handsomely produced version of the comic book classic with a sprightly score by Danny Elfman and some incredibly realistic looking CGI effects.

The simple plot of good vs. evil begins when Peter Parker is bitten by a spider while touring a local museum with his high school class. The plot thickens when he develops webs and the ability to soar over rooftops and vehicles with ease--as well as climbing walls. Toby Maguire plays the nerdy teen-ager with a wholesome air of innocent charm, his open-eyed expression never concealing the delight he takes in the role. As his girlfriend, Mary Jane, Kirsten Dunst does a likable enough job even if the costume department decided to dress her like a teen hooker.

Everyone else is in fine form. William Dafoe deserves top praise for his Green Goblin--evil enough to frighten the wits out of the faint-hearted. J. Jonah Jameson is excellent as the bombastic newspaper editor who takes advantage of his most famous client. Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson, in quieter roles, are warm and human. James Franco is believable as Peter's best friend.

Admirers of the comic book tales should have no trouble liking the movie with its amazing CGI effects. It's heart-warming and funny, with some terror thrown in for good measure. Good escapist entertainment even if the message seems a little vague. Message??


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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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