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Spider-Man
- Tobey Maguire

Overview - Based on the classic Marvel Comics series, Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN deftly details the origin of the web-slinging superhero. When awkward New York City teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) attends a class field trip to a laboratory, he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider while taking photos of his longtime crush, the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the classic Marvel Comics series, Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN deftly details the origin of the web-slinging superhero. When awkward New York City teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) attends a class field trip to a laboratory, he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider while taking photos of his longtime crush, the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Soon he discovers this bite has given him remarkable powers--heightened strength, dexterity, and awareness, along with the ability to cling to walls and shoot webs from his wrists. Hoping to win Mary Jane's heart using his new talents, Peter becomes distracted from home life with his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), ultimately leading to tragedy--and his new role as the crime-fighting Spider-Man. Meanwhile Harry Osborn (Willem Dafoe), the industrialist father of Peter's friend Norman (James Franco), undergoes a transformation of his own, bringing about the creation of Spider-Man's arch-nemesis: The Green Goblin. In order to save his loved ones--and all of New York City--from the devastating force of the deluded Goblin, Spider-Man must take on the villain in a series of stunning battles. By staying true to the essence of the comic book, Raimi accomplishes the rare feat of crafting a superhero movie with a real heart. Rather than focusing solely on action and explosions, SPIDER-MAN wisely shines the spotlight on the character of Peter Parker, played with perfect bewilderment by Maguire. The special effects, of course, are dazzling, but they are topped by an excellent cast that also includes the radiant Dunst, the menacing Dafoe, the brooding Franco, and the scene-stealing J.K. Simmons as Peter's tough-talking boss. (Raimi fans will notice cameos by the director's brother, Ted Raimi, and EVIL DEAD series star Bruce Campbell.) The result is a charming and amazingly entertaining film unafraid to combine CGI animation with sincere human emotion.

Cast List

Laura Ziskin - Producer/screenwriter, MURPHY'S ROMANCE/SPIDER-MAN 3
Ian Bryce
Lucy Lawless - Television Actress, XENA
Grant Curtis - Producer, SPIDER-MAN (2001)
Rosemary Harris - British actress, SPIDER-MAN (2001)
Cliff Robertson - American Actor
Clifford Parker Robertson III - American Actor
Ted Raimi - Actor
Theodore Raimi - Actor
Tobey Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Toby Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Michael Papajohn
J.K. Simmons - American actor, Oz/SPIDER-MAN movie series
Jonathan Kimble Simmons - American actor, Oz/SPIDER-MAN movie series
Deborah Wakeham
Bruce Campbell - American actor/producer, THE EVIL DEAD
Danny Elfman - Score composer
Willem Dafoe - American Actor
William Dafoe - American Actor
Randy Savage - PRO WRESTLER
"Macho Man" Randy Savage - PRO WRESTLER
James Franco - American actor, Freaks & Geeks/TRISTAN & ISOLDE
Alvin Sargent - American screenwriter, PAPER MOON/ANYWHERE BUT HERE
Stan Lee - American comic book author/editor, Marvel Comics movies
Stanley Martin Lieber - American comic book author/editor, Marvel Comics movies
Ari Avad - Executive Producer, SPIDER-MAN (2001)
Don Burgess
Steve Arnold - American art director
James Acheson - British costume designer, DANGEROUS LIAISONS/SPIDER-MAN
Jim Acheson - British costume designer, DANGEROUS LIAISONS/SPIDER-MAN
Sam Raimi - Director, EVIL DEAD
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Scott Schwartz - Actor/Stuntman--NOT Scotty Schwartz of A CHRISTMAS STORY...
Scott L. Schwartz - Actor/Stuntman--NOT Scotty Schwartz of A CHRISTMAS STORY...
Bill Nunn - American Actor
David Koepp - Screenwriter/Producer
Tony Fanning - SET DESIGNER

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 121
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396096615
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (stylized violence and action)
  • Release Date: September 2015

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Theatrical Release Date: May 3, 2002 (Wide)

Reviews:
"...The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots....Mr. Maguire seems at once knowing and vulnerable..." - 05/03/2002 New York Times, p.E1


"...SPIDER-MAN, an adventure in vicarious acrobatic daredevilry, has been excitingly staged by director Sam Raimi..." - 05/10/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.47-8


"...The actors seem to be having as good a time as we are....Maguire and Dunst keep SPIDER-MAN on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy..." - 05/10/2002 Rolling Stone, p.87-8


"...Chemistry between Maguire and the winning Dunst is excellent....[A] standout supporting turn is served up by J.K. Simmons, who brilliantly catches his pieces' comic book origins..." - 04/22/2002 Variety, p.27-36


"...Raimi does know his genre and has a lot of fun with the always gratifying makeover element....[Maguire] seems the only choice to play Peter, imbuing the character with intelligence, sensitivity, affability, strength, humor and edginess..." - 07/01/2002 Box Office, p.90


"...SPIDER-MAN is full of deftly handled small moments and characters..." - 07/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.36-7


"...Kirsten Dunst is effective as the conflicted Mary Jane....Willem Dafoe has fun with a Jekyll-and-Hyde character..." - 06/30/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5

 
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