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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 4 May 2007 (USA)
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A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Sam Raimi (screenplay), Ivan Raimi (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 32 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 ... New Goblin / Harry Osborn
Thomas Haden Church ... Sandman / Flint Marko
Topher Grace ... Venom / Eddie Brock
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Gwen Stacy
Rosemary Harris ... May Parker
J.K. Simmons ... J. Jonah Jameson
James Cromwell ... Captain Stacy
Theresa Russell ... Emma Marko
Dylan Baker ... Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn ... Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Bruce Campbell ... Maître d'
Elizabeth Banks ... Miss Brant
Ted Raimi ... Hoffman

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Storyline

Peter Parker has finally managed to piece together the once-broken parts of his life, maintaining a balance between his relationship with Mary-Jane and his responsibility as Spider-Man. But more challenges arise for our young hero. Peter's old friend Harry Obsourne has set out for revenge against Peter; taking up the mantle of his late father's persona as The New Goblin, and Peter must also capture Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, who has been transformed into his toughest foe yet, the Sandman. All hope seems lost when suddenly Peter's suit turns jet-black and greatly amplifies his powers. But it also begins to greatly amplify the much darker qualities of Peter's personality that he begins to lose himself to. Peter has to reach deep inside himself to free the compassionate hero he used to be if he is to ever conquer the darkness within and face not only his greatest enemies, but also...himself. Written by Dark-Spidey

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Next summer, the greatest battle lies... within. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The animators at Sony Pictures Imageworks based Venom's movements on big cats like tigers, panthers and cheetahs. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in New York but there are obvious shots of Chicago and the Cleveland Terminal. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Parker: [Narrating] It's me! Peter Parker! Your friendly neighborhood... You know. I've come a long way from becoming the boy who was bitten by a spider. Back then, nothing seemed to go right for me, and now...
Kid in Times Square: [pointing at a giant screen in Times Square] Hey look, it's Spider-Man!
Peter Parker: [Narrating] People really like me.
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Crazy Credits

During the Sandman's theme music in the opening titles, the credits turn into sand and are blown away. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2017, in anticipation for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony released an "Editor's Cut" of Spider-Man 3. This cut mostly utilizes an unused score, alternate edits of scenes, a restructured story, and scenes both added and removed throughout. With all of these changes, this version runs 2 minutes shorter than the theatrical version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Move Away
Written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer
Produced by Flood and Alan Moulder with The Killers
Additional production by David Sardy (as D. Sardy)
Performed by The Killers
The Killers appear courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Fans! - Don't let your expectations run away with you! Sit back and enjoy!
13 May 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Venom, Green Goblin 3 and Sandman.

Spiderman 3 reworks these three epic story arcs into a single feature length film. Impossible? Well... some of the reviewers here on IMDb seem to agree. I, however, do not. I went into this film with some trepidation and reasonable expectations. The Venom saga has been, since it first appeared in print, one of my all-time favorite multiple issue story arcs in comics. How this story could be made into a film following in the somewhat less weighty footsteps of Spiderman and Spiderman 2 was hard to imagine. The film did justice to the story-line - keeping almost all of its dark thematic content, while modifying its plot points and reducing its heavy depressive tone in order to keep the film entertaining and fast-paced. But don't expect this to be the same lengthy exploration that the comics provide.

Sam and Ivan Raimi can add this to their long list of satisfying films.

Briefly, Spiderman is having his normal share of growing pains. His love for MJ is now matched by his self-absorption and his addiction to heroism. Of course Harry still wants to kill him to avenge his father's death, and somewhere out there is his uncle's killer - who is about to become The Sandman. Just as things really start to fall apart, his costume turns black and develops a sinister aspect. He becomes more powerful, more ruthless, and a more conflicted being than the hero he had been. And Peter even dons black eye liner and a decidedly emo haircut. Unlike most recent comic book adaptations on the big screen, the story (to this point) offers plenty of room for humor, which Raimi could never pass up. J. J. Jameson and Bruce Campbell's excellent cameo are pure comedic relief from the somewhat heavy subject matter that seems immanent throughout this film. You'll laugh... you'll cry... You'll fall in love, if you can handle a new take on the classic Venom tale, with some worthwhile additions.

Things go from bad but kind of funny to worse and pretty serious. The film explores emotions more than any superhero film I have thus far seen - with the possible exception of the original Punisher. It nicely studies Spidey's humanity, ego, fallibility, and his previously unexplored dark side, and forces our hero to confront all three both symbolically and physically in order to redeem himself.

Tobey Maguire turns in his best Spidey performance yet, and is excellently supported by Kirsten Dunst and Rosemary Harris. James Franco turns in a great interpretation of Harry - much needed for this story-line. This cinematography is more wide-open and hyperbolic than the previous Raimi Spiderman films - as one would expect given the storyline. It is not surprising that the film went a little beyond the pale in terms of special effects - again unavoidable given the subject matter. But the CGI did become a little distracting towards the end.

I have read a lot of disappointed reviews of this film, but honestly, I found much to praise and very little to complain about. Highly recommended especially for Venom fans.


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Language:

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Release Date:

4 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$258,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,116,516, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$336,530,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$894,983,373
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS (8 channels)| DTS | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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