A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.


Jonas Åkerlund


Will De Los Santos (screenplay), Creighton Vero (screenplay)
4,938 ( 170)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Ross
Mickey Rourke ... The Cook
Brittany Murphy ... Nikki
John Leguizamo ... Spider Mike
Patrick Fugit ... Frisbee
Mena Suvari ... Cookie
Chloe Hunter Chloe Hunter ... April Love
Elisa Bocanegra ... Giggles
Julia Mendoza Julia Mendoza ... La Sadgirl
China Chow ... Escort
Nicholas Gonzalez ... Angel
Debbie Harry ... Neighbor (as Deborah Harry)
Josh Peck ... Fat Boy
Charlotte Ayanna ... Amy
Eric Roberts ... The Man


A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


the ultimate speed freak's tale. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Directorial feature film debut of Jonas Åkerlund. See more »


The brown Volvo has a sunroof inside the car in the beginning, but not on the outside, on the roof. Later in the movie, there is a sunroof both inside and outside of the car See more »


[first lines]
Ross: Spoof. Dope. Crank. Creep. Bomb. Spank. Shit. Bang. Zip. Tweak. Charred. Call it what you will. It's all methamphetamine. That's what I'm here for.
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Crazy Credits

Based on the truth... and lies See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated DVD contains footage deleted to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »


Referenced in Of Bitches & Hounds (2007) See more »


Walk Like a Motherfucker
Written by Ginger Wildheart (as Walls), Conny Bloom (as Blomqvist), Jon Poole (as Poole), Tomas Broman (as Broman)
Performed by Silverginger 5
Courtesy of Infernal Records
Under license of Copyright Control
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That's gotta hurt.
18 April 2006 | by bergma15@msu.eduSee all my reviews

Spun is all about methamphetamine addicts and their supplier (the Cook). The film is an incredible mix of humor and desperation showing addicts losing everything to get their fix. All of the characters are at the lowest rung of society whether they realize it or not, but somehow the movie finds humor in a place that most would describe as hell.

Ross (Jason Schwartzman) is a meth addict whose girlfriend has left him. His connection, Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), keeps losing the supplies that he gets from the Cook (Mickey Rourke). Among Spider's usual gang of idiots includes his significant other, the annoying Cookie (Mena Suvari) and Frisbee (Patrick Fugit) who seem to just want to hang around and get high. On one visit, the Cook's girlfriend, Nikki (Brittany Murphy) recruits Ross to take care of the Cook's transportation needs (Ross seems to be the only one of them who owns a car). Frisbee gets busted by the cops and is set up as an informant to get Spider and hopefully someone further up the chain.

The film is what I assume being on meth is like (I've never done it and have no urge to do it), it's fast paced at times, but seems to be intentionally slow at others. The director used quite a few clips of things that already happened, hallucinations and animation to show what is going on. Sometimes directors go overboard with these techniques, but here it really works. You feel like these things are happening in the characters' heads and that they're on a roller-coaster. What really makes this film work is the cast. This is definitely an ensemble. In addition to the actors I already mentioned; Deborah Harry plays Ross' lesbian neighbor, Rob Halford of Judas Priest plays the porn shop clerk, and Billy Corgan plays a doctor. Eric Roberts makes an appearance as the Man (the Cook's boss), and Pete Stormare and Alexis Arquette as a pair of cops who want to bust the meth ring.

I really enjoyed this film, but it is a trip. After watching it, you feel strung out.

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Release Date:

7 February 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cook See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,160, 16 March 2003

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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