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The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 5 March 2000
A street kid interrupts Nero Wolfe's dinner with his eyewitness account of a kidnapping. The next day, the boy is dead and his mother comes to the detective with her son's meager savings and dying wish to hire Wolfe to solve his murder.

Director:

Bill Duke

Writers:

Rex Stout (novel), Paul Monash (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Mimi Kuzyk ... Laura Fromm
Colin Fox ... Fritz
Saul Rubinek ... Saul Panzer
Larissa Laskin ... Jean Estey
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Denis Horan
Beau Starr ... Lips Egan
Elizabeth Saunders ... Mrs. Horan (as Elizabeth Brown)
Fulvio Cecere ... Fred Durkin
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Mrs. Drossos
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Philip Craig ... James Maddox
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Lon Cohen
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Storyline

A street kid interrupts Nero Wolfe's dinner with his eyewitness account of a kidnapping. The next day, the boy is dead and his mother comes to the detective with her son's meager savings and dying wish to hire Wolfe to solve his murder.

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Three Perfect Murders. One Perfect Detective.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nero Wolfe si cerceii misteriosi See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

If the series is set in the 1950's the pay phone is wrong. It would have a different handset and cord. Not the handset or the silver cord in the episode. See more »

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Saul stated that he was in room 312 but the room number on the door was 57. See more »

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Followed by A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001) See more »

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Good job with a difficult task
6 March 2000 | by ovid1See all my reviews

Nero Wolfe has consistently defied a good translation to the screen, perhaps because so much of the attraction in Rex Stout's novels is the wit of the language. But this is the best job so far. Best casting is Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin, who succeeds in combining the smart alec and hardboiled just like the character in the book. Chaykin makes a good effort as Wolfe; he isn't really BIG enough, so that his high-pitched tirades don't really do justice to Wolfe's bellowing. Wolfe's office is just as you could imagine it, down to the red leather chair. The orchid room, by contrast, is disappointing--need more flowers, more jungle. Not sure why Golden Spiders was chosen as plot--there are perhaps too many characters and the suspects aren't developed enough. Hopefully, this will be the first in a series of films.


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