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Spider-Man

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Sam Raimi
  • 116 mins
  • 12

Summary

A clumsy teenager develops superhuman powers after a genetically engineered spider bites him. At first his fantastic skills delight him, but his elation is severely tempered by a family tragedy, prompting him to dedicate his talents to combating evil. However, he faces a baptism of fire in the form of crazed villain the Green Goblin. Comic-book superhero adventure, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco and Rosemary Harris.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks in part to legal battles, Marvel Comics' much-loved superhero took his time to reach the big screen. This fantasy action adventure was initially intended as a James Cameron vehicle, but the project finally went to Darkman director - and self-confessed Spider-Man fan - Sam Raimi. His vision sticks close to the character's comic-book roots with the creation of a colourful, visually striking frolic that's bubbling with energy and gleefully tongue-in-cheek, yet edged with pathos. Lead actor Tobey Maguire is unusual but inspired casting, exuding boy-next-door charm as the clandestine teen avenger (Kirsten Dunst is good, too, as love interest Mary Jane Watson). Indeed, it's Maguire's intense likeability that helps paper over potential weaknesses such as the odd disappointing set piece. As for the all-important villain, Willem Dafoe not only looks the part as the Green Goblin - equalling Jack Nicholson's Joker - he brings some welcome gravitas to an already credible venture. Spider-Man is an effortless, intelligent entertainment, and a fabulous, fun-filled start to the hugely lucrative franchise.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter Parker / Spider-ManTobey Maguire
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn Willem Dafoe
Mary Jane WatsonKirsten Dunst
Harry OsbornJames Franco
Ben ParkerCliff Robertson
May ParkerRosemary Harris
J Jonah JamesonJ K Simmons
Maximilian FargasGerry Becker
Joseph "Robbie" RobertsonBill Nunn
Henry BalkanJack Betts
General SlocumStanley Anderson
Dr Mendel StrommRon Perkins
Eugene "Flash" ThompsonJoe Manganiello
HoffmanTed Raimi
Ring announcerBruce Campbell
Macy GrayMacy Gray
Punk rock girlLucy Lawless
The BurglarMichael Papajohn
Bone Saw McGrawRandy Poffo
Man shielding childStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorSam Raimi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2002-06-14
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for some of its language and violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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