Spider-Man

release date:May 3, 2002
Friday November 1, 2002 (dvd)
genre:Action
running time:121 min.
director:Sam Raimi
studio:Columbia Pictures
producer(s):Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin
screenplay:David Koepp
cast:Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Elizabeth Banks, Ted Raimi, Octavia Spencer
Current Tribute rating: Current rating: 4.48    Rate Movie     User Reviews

Spider-Man Movie Synopsis

Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker (Maguire) lives in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May (Harris) and Uncle Ben (Robertson). Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the school paper, pining after the beautiful Mary Jane Watson (Dunst) and hanging out with buddy Harry Osborn (Franco).

On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on arachnids, Peter is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like "spider-sense."

Peter first uses his powers to make money, but in the face of a tragedy that hits close to home, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime, taking to heart the words of his beloved Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Meanwhile, megalomaniacal businessman Norman Osborn (Dafoe), Harry's father, is undergoing some changes of his own. An experimental formula has gone awry, increasing his intelligence and strength but also driving him insane. He is now the Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch-enemy, who will put young Peter Parker's vow to fight crime and help innocent people to the ultimate test.

Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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  again one more spider boy, i am 43 years old and i do remember what it was spiderman, now days is kind of joke. very ridiculous movie, i would not see it again, not worth it.

there was such a fuss about the artist being a silent movie, but marvel did that all the way back in 2002 with this first spider-man flick. a shame they went to sound for future installments, really.

a current article on tribute.ca says this movie is silent, but the version i saw had sound. what gives??

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