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Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man

Overview


Genre

Action, Fantasy

Release Date

May 03, 2002

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

121 min.

Production Budget

$139 millions

Studio

Columbia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Sam Raimi

Producer

Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin

Screenwriter

David Koepp

Starring

Story


With Great Power, There Must Also Come Great Responsibility

Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) lived in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May (Academy-Award nominee Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson).

Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the Daily Bugle under the tutelage of publisher J. Jonah Jameson (J. K. Simmons), pining after the beautiful Mary Jan Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and hanging out with buddy Harry Osborn (James Franco).

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, Peter Parker's life becomes even more complicated as he assumes the role of Spider-Man, a hero of superhuman strength with the ability to cling to any surface. Spider-Man, inspired by his late Uncle Ben's immortal words, "With great power there must also come great responsibility," dedicates himself to fighting crime, while living a double life as a superhero and working student.

Spider-Man's arch-enemy in the first Spider-Man movie, the Green Goblin, was in actuality the father of Peter Parker's best friend, Harry Osborn. Businessman Norman Osborn turned into this ghoulish persona after exposure to an experimental "super soldier" formula he was designing for the military. The formula increases his intelligence and strength but also drives him insane.

Although Spider-Man thwarts the Green Goblin in the end, Harry Osborn becomes a sworn enemy to Spider-Man, blaming his father's death upon the web-slinger.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Raimi and Koepp cleverly blend elements of at least three major superheroes--Superman's crimestopping, Batman's human side (and complex/tortured nemeses), and the Hulk's dual personality..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..is fun, funny, and filled with spectacular effects..”
“..Solid acting, character depth make 'Spider-Man' more than a comic..”
by Jolie Williamson [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]