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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.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Stan Lee (comic book), Steve Ditko (comic book) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

(at around 9 mins) On the Director's Commentary, Sam Raimi remarked that in the scene when Peter is being knocked about by various students at Columbia University, Tobey Maguire looked genuinely angry. See more »

Goofs

(at around 19 mins) When Harry talks about Dr. Octavius' chances at winning the Nobel Peace Prize, he walks out of the scene saying, "See you in Sweden!" Although the Nobel is named after a Swedish man, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held in Oslo, Norway. An easy mistake to make. 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

The closing credits are surrounded by webbing. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the film, titled Spiderman 2.1, was released on DVD in April 2007. It contains 8 extra minutes (for a total running time of 2:15) in 3 new, 1 alternate, and 11 extended scenes. Just over half the added material fleshes out the plot: a new scene where a friend challenges MJ about her decision to marry, an extra minute in Peter's birthday party to underscore Harry's hatred of Spiderman, an extended, more downbeat conversation with MJ afterwards (seen in some TV versions), a longer introduction of Octavius and his wife, a brief new scene where Peter in class is distracted by both his fears about Octavius's experiment and his love for MJ, and a bit more of Peter trying to talk his way into MJ's play. There is extra comedy, with more of the pizza delivery scene, a longer, completely different elevator encounter, and a brief new scene where Jameson plays at being Spidey in his office. Two extended scenes address the movie's themes more than the plot: there is over a minute more with the doctor and a bit more of Peter's conversation with Ben. Finally, there are tiny extra additions to two early action scenes, and more than a minute added to the two major Doc Oc encounters: a brief extra sequence in the first fight, and a longer one atop the train. See more »

Connections

Referenced in One Lone Cat: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) See more »

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The Demonstration
Written and Produced by Christopher Young and Danny Elfman
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6 January 2005 | by Aysen08See all my reviews

Normally sequels are hugely disappointing in comparison to the original film. So it's hard to believe that they could even come close to topping this movies original, alas they do!

Picking up where the first movie starts off and introducing several new comic book regulars, we bypass the history establishing story of the original and head straight into what life is like for Peter Parker being a college student, Spiderman, and trying to hold down a job.

This time Spidey must face the likes of Doc Ock, portrayed by Alfred Molina (he's come a long way since Indiana Jones cameos) excellently. Once again they couldn't have picked a better actor to portray the villain Spiderman has to face.

Spiderman must take out Doc, save the city, save the girl, and still get good grades.

The action sequences once again are entrancing and the story is well written. Kudos once again to the actors involved and Sam Raimi on creating another hit. Looking very much forward to Spiderman 3. Another hit I'm sure if 1 & 2 are any indications.


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Country:

USA

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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:

$88,156,227, 4 July 2004

Gross USA:

$373,585,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$788,976,453
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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