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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.

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writers:

Patrick McGrath (novel), Patrick McGrath
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Cast

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 Sara Stockbridge ... Gladys
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Ernie
Nicola Duffett ... Barmaid
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ... Large Man
Alison Egan Alison Egan ... Flashing Yvonne
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Storyline

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>

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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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Country:

Canada | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ankaboot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£64,083 (United Kingdom), 5 January 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$189,350, 2 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,641,788, 27 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,821,651, 7 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Beckett was one of the director's touchstones for the film. Photographs of the playwright were pinned around the sets, and Fiennes' hairstyle is even modeled after Beckett's. See more »

Goofs

There is a reflection of a crewmember in the building window while Spider walks on Kitchener street. See more »

Quotes

Terrence: Nasty stuff: Gas. I knew a man once... Put his head in a gas oven... Turned on the gas... Then, he changed his mind... But his head was STUCK!
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Arachnophobic
5 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

SPIDER (2003) *** Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Bradley Hall, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville. Filmmaker David Cronenberg does it again : mixing psychological drama with Gothic mystery with the cloak of violence in the air with Fiennes (in a brilliantly mannered near mute turn) as the titular character, a schizophrenic recently released to a halfway house, nicknamed in his youth by his mother (Richardson who gives an excellent turn to the third power; she inhibits three interlaced roles that act as the story's linchpin) for his cat's cradle yarn confections which sends his scattershot memories into overdrive as he attempts to connect the missing pieces of his life. Told in intersperses of flashback Cronenberg expertly uses his persuasive powers of dread eke out the thin plottings of Patrick McGrath's novel – who adapted the screenplay too – that can tax on the nerves in long, baroque stretches of near silence. Dank, rotting production design by Andrew Sanders, excellently lensed by Peter Suschitzky and the chamber music-like score by Howard Shore makes the most of its broken-minded protagonist's living nightmare.


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