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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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1,247 ( 102)
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

Although Spider-Man, in the comics, fought the Chameleon first, Sam Raimi was attached to the idea of Spider-Man fighting the Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002) and wanted to bring in Doc Ock in a sequel. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 22 mins) When Peter is talking with Aunt May while she's loading boxes out of the house, you can see the shape and bulge of his microphone and wire under his shirt. 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

Towards the end of the closing credits, a remix of the theme song from Spider-Man (1967) is heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

Depending on which country you see the film, much of the soundtrack is influenced by that country's local artists - or artists presently being promoted in that country. For example, in Britain the film's primary song is Switchfoot's "Meant to Live" while in the U.S. the focus in the movie (and on the radio) is Dashboard Confessional's Vindicated. See more »


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Runaway Train
Written and Produced by Christopher Young and Danny Elfman
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9 July 2005 | by bilweelerSee all my reviews

WOW.

I had low expectations after Spiderman 1. Spider Guy 2 is a blowout, take no prisoners, roller coaster ride of a film. It's got it all: great story line, edge of your seat action, romance, humor, fine acting, break neck pace,….well, you get the idea.

This film is for the whole family. Great chase scenes, crashes, and special effects for the guys. Romance, and a tender love story for the gals. Comic book touches for the kids. It just works so well on every level.

McGuire and Dunst have a chemistry that reminded me of Niles and Daphne in "Frasier." They loved each other from afar, and could not communicate their feelings to each other. The romantic tension was exquisite. So it is here with McGuire and Dunst. You know they have to get together at some point, but the long and difficult road is a journey we enjoy.

The villain is definitely top shelf. Without revealing too much, suffice it to say that he's bad enough, scary enough, and convincing enough to make the film work on the plot level.

The special effects are well done, especially where Spiderman has to save passengers on a speeding train.

Spiderman has self doubts, begins to lose his powers, and longs to be Peter Parker instead of a superhero. He struggles with his choices in life, as we all do. He makes difficult choices, and learns that truth and integrity are rewarded, even when the results are very painful for the aunt who has replaced his mother.

You might see films with a deeper message, but you won't see many films that combine action, romance, and meaning in one slick package. See this one. In fact, you may want to buy this one for your DVD library.


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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:

$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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