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Along Came a Spider (2001)

When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

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Lee Tamahori

Writers:

James Patterson (novel), Marc Moss (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Alex Cross
Monica Potter ... Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott ... Gary Soneji
Dylan Baker ... Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem ... Megan Rose
Anton Yelchin ... Dimitri Starodubov
Kim Hawthorne ... Agent Hickley
Jay O. Sanders ... Kyle Craig
Billy Burke ... Ben Devine
Michael Moriarty ... Senator Hank Rose
Penelope Ann Miller ... Elizabeth Rose
Anna Maria Horsford ... Vickie
Scott Heindl ... Floyd the Fisherman
Christopher Shyer ... Jim Gelway
Jill Teed ... Tracie Fisher
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Storyline

Detective/psychologist Alex Cross loses his partner in an out of control 'bust.' He stops working and cannot forgive himself. He is drawn back to work reluctantly when a senator's daughter is kidnapped and the kidnapper seems to want to deal with Alex personally. Written by Lindsay

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along Came a Spider See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,712,407, 8 April 2001

Gross USA:

$74,078,174

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,178,561
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Morgan Freeman's second and final appearance as Dr. Alex Cross. Tyler Perry would later take over the role in Alex Cross (2012). See more »

Goofs

The kidnapper tells Cross to run from the Watergate to 6th and Pennsylvania Avenue in 14 minutes, a distance of 2.1 miles. Then the kidnapper instructs him to double-back to 12th and Madison in 12 minutes (another .6 miles). The pay phone at 12th and Madison does not exist, that address is in the middle of the National Mall. The kidnapper then instructs Cross to get to Union Station in 4 minutes which is another 1.5 miles. First, that last leg of the run is ridiculous. Secondly, that is a total of 4.2 miles of running 30 minutes-not a bad workout in a full suit, trench coat, and dress shoes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracie: Tonight was your first night at the club, wasn't it?
Jim: No. I've been there a few times before.
Tracie: Really? Well, how come I haven't seen you?
Jim: I noticed you the first night I walked in. You always stand out.
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Underrated. 7 of 10.
5 July 2002 | by NahretSee all my reviews

The plot starts out in a very straight-forward manner: a man with an ambition to become criminal legend kidnaps the daughter of a congressman right out from under the nose of the FBI. He then sends a note and a sneaker of the girl to Detective Alex Cross, hence forcing him out of his self-inflicted isolation, the reasons of which are explained in the opening scene. Along with the FBI agent who was in charge of security at the scene of the crime, he follows the clues laid out by the kidnapper in order to find the girl. And so the story goes.

The kidnapper is portrayed by the always formidable Michael Wincott, the best serial villain on that side of the Atlantic. He should have the Best Supporting Role awards piled up in his attic. Alex Cross, whom we remember from "Kiss the Girls", and portrayed by Morgan Freeman, is just the kind of cop you like best: sincere, sympathetic, intelligent, thorough and committed. Monica Potter features as the FBI agent determined to redeem herself after she let the kidnapper escape.

This may not be a blockbuster, but this solid and underrated thriller delivers what so few of them have to offer these days: a final plot twist that genuinely surprises. It shall not be revealed here.


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