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Spider-Man [2002] (2 discs)

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Director:Sam Raimi
Writer:David Koepp
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:90%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: Peter is a quiet geek who can't get the girl he loves. Until he's bitten by a special spider. Now he's a wall-crawling superhero who still can't get the girl he loves.


Reaction: Spiderman finally makes the move to the big screen in this wonderful adaptation that is able to move past the origin story and give us a good action movie.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Sam Raimi => Director
David Koepp => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Stan Lee => Marvel comic book / Man in Fair
Steve Ditko => Marvel comic book
Bill Nunn => Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Bruce Campbell => Ring Announcer
Cliff Robertson => Ben Parker
Elizabeth Banks => Betty Brant
Gerry Becker => Maximilian Fargas
J.K. Simmons => J. Jonah Jameson
Jack Betts => Henry Balkan
James Franco => Harry Osborn
Jill Sayre => Nurse
Joe Manganiello => Flash Thompson
Kirsten Dunst => Mary Jane Watson
Lucy Lawless => Punk Rock Girl
Macy Gray => Herself
Michael Papajohn => Carjacker
Randy Savage => Bone Saw McGraw
Ron Perkins => Dr. Mendell Stromm
Rosemary Harris => May Parker
Scott L. Schwartz => Screaming Wrestler
Stanley Anderson => General Slocum
Ted Raimi => Hoffman
Tim De Zarn => Philip Watson (as Tim deZarn)
Tobey Maguire => Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe => Norman Osborn / Green Goblin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane's lunch on the tray involved no CGI. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand, Tobey Maguire eventually (after many takes) performed the stunt exactly as seen.
  • Scenes of New Yorkers throwing trash at the Green Goblin and Spider-Man perched alongside the American flag were added after 11 September 2001 to reflect the city's sense of unity and patriotism.
  • Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as having the "Highest Box Office Gross in a Single Day", taking in $43.6 million on its second day of release.
  • When Jameson's subordinates are trying to tell him about Spider-Man, one of them says, "Eddie's been trying to get a picture of him for weeks." This is a reference to Eddie Brock, who in the comics is a rival photographer to Peter Parker and ultimately becomes the villain named Venom.
  • The World Trade Center Towers can be seen in the background of some scenes and once in the reflection of Spider-Man's eye. The makers of the film chose not to remove them digitally.
  • Both Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe incorporated a Yoga technique called Ashtanga into their training regimens for this film. "Ashtanga" translates into English as "Eight Legged".
  • The famous line spoken by Uncle Ben ("With great power comes great responsibility") first appears in the 1976 short story {Bicentennial Man} by Isaac Asimov.
  • Several names that were considered for various parts (some more seriously than others) over the years in which this project was in development include:
    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, and Edward Norton as the Goblin; James Franco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Speedman, [?] Jay Rodan, [?] Scott Leva, and Charlie Sheen as Peter Parker/Spiderman; [?] Marion Ross as Aunt May; [?] Tony Scott, Jan de Bont, James Cameron, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, David Fincher, and Chris Columbus as Director.
  • Several names that were considered for the role of Mary Jane (some more seriously than others) over the years in which this project was in development include: Alicia Witt, [?] Mena Suvari, Eliza Dushku, [?] Elisha Cuthbert, [?] Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, [?] Natasha Richardson, Phoebe Cates, [?] Tatum O'Neal, [?] Bridget Fonda, [?] Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Kyra Sedgwick, [?] Justine Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Molly Ringwald, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, [?] Christina Applegate, Cameron Diaz, [?] Alyssa Milano, Tori Spelling, Neve Campbell, [?] Tiffani Thiessen, Alyson Hannigan, and Drew Barrymore
  • When Peter Parker is testing out his webbing for the first time, he makes several classic comic book catch-phrases, most notably "Up, Up and Away Web!" (Superman) and "Shazam!" (Captain Marvel). Tobey Maguire ad-libbed these lines, which were not in the original script.