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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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

The first, and as of 2020, only, live action Spider-Man film to win an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

Peter's landlord is named Ditkovich, as seen outside the building on a sign. It's misspelled as "Ditkovitch" in the credits (this same error is in Spider-Man 3). 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 opening credits appear stuck on a series of webs, which display the events of the first film in comic-book art. See more »

Alternate Versions

On some US TV versions, there is some alternate dialogue between Peter and Mary Jane when he takes out the garbage after his birthday party that wasn't in the theatrical or DVD releases. The most notable is a two-line addition after Mary Jane says, "I'm seeing somebody now." Peter responds, "Oh, therapy." Mary Jane answers, "No, a man." That part of the dialogue especially gives the whole scene a less optimistic feel. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Stars And Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by Peter Cincotti and The Peter Cincotti Trio
Courtesy of Concord Records
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User Reviews

 
This movie has a criminally low rating
4 January 2019 | by ditkovich_rentSee all my reviews

7.3/10? Seriously? Most mediocre MCU films get a better rating than that. This movie is up there with The Dark Knight as one of the best superhero movies. This movie was loved when it came out, now it's cool to hate on the trilogy. Spider-Man 2 improved on all aspects of Spider-Man 1. Peter is struggling to be Spider-Man, and the movie illustrates that very well. The action is better than lots of movies today, most notably the train fight scene. Danny Elfman provides an unforgettable soundtrack. This movie and the trilogy shouldn't be overlooked as some cheesy 2000s movies, because they paved the way for the MCU as we know it today.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

30 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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