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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

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Sam Raimi

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Stan Lee (comic book), Steve Ditko (comic book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Kirsten Dunst ... Mary Jane Watson
James Franco ... Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina ... Doc Ock / Dr. Otto Octavius
Rosemary Harris ... May Parker
J.K. Simmons ... J. Jonah Jameson
Donna Murphy ... Rosalie Octavius
Daniel Gillies ... John Jameson
Dylan Baker ... Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn ... Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Vanessa Ferlito ... Louise
Aasif Mandvi ... Mr. Aziz
Willem Dafoe ... Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Cliff Robertson ... Ben Parker
Ted Raimi ... Hoffman
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Storyline

Peter Parker is an unhappy man: after two years of fighting crime as Spider-Man, his life has begun to fall apart. The girl he loves is engaged to someone else, his grades are slipping, he cannot keep any of his jobs, and on top of it, the newspaper Daily Bugle is attacking him viciously, claiming that Spider-Man is a criminal. He reaches the breaking point and gives up the crime fighter's life, once and for all. But after a failed fusion experiment, eccentric and obsessive scientist Dr. Otto Octavius is transformed into super villain Doctor Octopus, Doc Ock for short, having four long tentacles as extra hands. Peter guesses it might just be time for Spider-Man to return, but would he act upon it? Written by Soumitra

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

30 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spider-Man 2 Lives See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,817,364, 4 July 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$373,585,825, 19 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$783,766,341
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

For the Chicago Loop fight between Spider-Man and Doc Ock, the production actually bought a train carriage from the Chicago authorities. See more »

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Mary Jane holds the wedding card with her left hand. A frame later she is holding it with her right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Parker: [narrating] She looks at me everyday. Mary Jane Watson. Oh boy! If she only knew how I felt about her. But she can never know. I made a choice once to live a life of responsibility. A life she can never be a part of. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man, given a job to do. And I'm Peter Parker, and I too have a job.
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Crazy Credits

Alfred Molina is credited as Doc Ock and Dr. Otto Octavius, but not "Dr. Octopus", the character's official comic book name. See more »

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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Performed by Peter Cincotti and The Peter Cincotti Trio
Courtesy of Concord Records
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Spider-sequel-tastic
29 September 2009 | by jamiemarks-1See all my reviews

My presumptions of a sequel to a successful original are that they are worn out and are a desperate attempt to cash in on it's predecessor. Look no further for conclusive evidence with the terrible Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to know what I'm talking about.

But every now and again a sequel comes along that just simply changes your perceptions and gives you faith in a continuing franchise where the sequel is just as or in the case of Spiderman 2 better than it's predecessor.

Toby Maquire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco return with director Sam Raimi who has done a terrific job in making this for me one of the best sequels of all time.

One of the successes Spiderman 2 has is the depth of the characters and stories as there is more than one strand. Toby Maquire has the same natural ability which he possessed in the first film to accurately convey the character of Peter Parker who struggles with his feelings for Mary Jane who becomes frustrated that he can't return her feelings for him, to his fractured friendship with Harry Osborne who harbours a deep grudge against Spiderman to trying to balance his life as superhero, student and employee and struggling with his Aunt May over Uncle Ben's death to finally battling the new villain Oto Octavious played memorably by Alfred Molina and all these story strands thread there way through two hours of pure entertainment.

With the main story and these sub-stories the film could have become confusing and meaningless but thanks to the sublime artistry from Sam Raimi, it flows beautifully and never loses sight of itself.

Which goes to say the acting is as brilliant from the main cast which helps the film has more exploration and depth and the special effects this time round are flawless and much improved on the first.

This has everything for the comic fans and those who just want to be entertained of action (which there is plenty of particularly towards the end) drama, romance and humour mostly from JK Simmons who when he was on screen I was laughing out loud.

Credit goes to all involved and I very much look forward to Spiderman 3.


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