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Spider (2002)

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A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.


David Cronenberg


Patrick McGrath (novel), Patrick McGrath
13 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Spider
Miranda Richardson ... Yvonne / Mrs. Cleg
Gabriel Byrne ... Bill Cleg
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Wilkinson
John Neville ... Terrence
Bradley Hall ... Spider Boy
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Freddy
Philip Craig ... John
Cliff Saunders ... Bob
Tara Ellis Tara Ellis ... Nora
Sara Stockbridge ... Gladys
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Ernie
Nicola Duffett ... Barmaid
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ... Large Man
Alison Egan Alison Egan ... Flashing Yvonne


Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. Dennis, nicknamed "Spider" by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The only thing worse than losing your mind... is finding it again. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi") See more »


Shadow on the road just before Spider gets the rope from the construction site. See more »


Yvonne: What you say your name was? Now don't tell me... Bill. Always been one of my favorites. I had a cat called Bill once.
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Featured in SexTV: Dark Desires: Sexuality in the Horror Film (2003) See more »

User Reviews

A quiet atmospheric character study of a disturbed man watching his childhood play out again before his eyes.
14 July 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

We watch Spider (Ralph Fiennes) at the present time, trying to live at a boarding house which takes pity on people who should legally be in mental institutions, and, in parallel action, watch him reliving his childhood, doomed to stand watching those events play out again and again, an observer as impotent as he felt when they originally happened.

This film is a mystery into the character and history of Ralph Fiennes' character. Its a little film, dealing with the mind of one troubled little man, and a patient film. Its also a very mature film from Cronenberg, where he has done away with the shock tactics of the past, and the results are delightful. But if you don't like patient films (and you might see it as a slow film - don't expect big action, expect to watch a fascinating character - and maybe discover why he's so troubled), watch any of Cronenberg's previous efforts instead.

Its not a very big or important film - not one of the most essential films of 2002, but if you've seen those more important choices, and are looking for something different, Spider may just be an interesting, atmospheric experience for you.

8/10. Maybe I was just in the perfect mood for it, but i loved Spider. I thought it was a beautiful and atmospheric character study. Spider is a real unique character, brought to life vividly by Ralph Fiennes.

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Release Date:

13 November 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,575, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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