Along Came a Spider

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Morgan Freeman returns as forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross in this thriller based on the novel by James Patterson whose work also formed the basis of the hit Kiss the Girls. Gary Soneji Michael Wincott is a brilliant but remorseless psychopath who has landed a teaching position at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C. Using his extensive knowledge of kidnapping he's taught a class on Charles Lindbergh, Soneji abducts one of his students - Megan Mika Boorem, whose father Hank Rose Michael Moriarty is...
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Morgan Freeman returns as forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross in this thriller based on the novel by James Patterson whose work also formed the basis of the hit Kiss the Girls. Gary Soneji Michael Wincott is a brilliant but remorseless psychopath who has landed a teaching position at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C. Using his extensive knowledge of kidnapping he's taught a class on Charles Lindbergh, Soneji abducts one of his students - Megan Mika Boorem, whose father Hank Rose Michael Moriarty is a United States senator. Ollie MacArthur Dylan Baker, the detective investigating the case, has strong words for Jezzie Flannigan Monica Potter, the Secret Service agent who mistakenly let Megan slip through her fingers. But when the kidnapper contacts Dr. Cross, the psychologist is brought in on the case, and Cross seeks out Flannigan, who he believes might have a valuable insight into the case. Soon, Cross and Flannigan come to the terrible realization that this crime only represents the tip of the iceberg for the ruthless Soneji. Along Came a Spider also features Penelope Ann Miller, Jay O. Sanders, and Kim Hawthorne.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The novel by best-selling author James Patterson becomes this thriller that, in the chronology of the writer's series of books featuring the character of Alex Cross, is actually a prequel to Kiss the Girls (1997). Morgan Freeman brings his usual intelligent gravity to FBI Special Agent-In-Charge role he's assayed once before, while Michael Wincott, always so memorable in villain roles, plays his genius kidnapper with a nervous, detached reserve that's a thoughtful contrast to the expected over-the-top histrionics of most cinematic antagonists. His motivations are never made clear or believable, but Wincott's Gary Soneji is sufficiently frightening in his off-kilter, wounded way. Jezzie Flannigan, as portrayed by Monica Potter, is more problematic. The actress plays the tough, smart, morally conflicted Secret Service agent as a wide-eyed runway model at best, an emotionless automaton at worst. It could be to throw the audience off in preparation for a third-act twist, but Potter lacks authenticity in a part that should have been played by a seasoned performer (such as Susan Sarandon) to provide a mature, full-bodied foil for the daunting presence of Freeman. As for the story itself, major changes from the source novel may leave Patterson fans enraged, but director Lee Tamahori provides his underrated, skillful service, keeping the pace brisk and the unanswered questions properly glossed-over. Not as artistically nutritious as The Silence of the Lambs or as good as its predecessor, Along Came a Spider is just good enough, never quite reaching the heights that everyone involved is capable of, existing instead as a proper, adequately entertaining example of its genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 097361569734
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Alex Cross
Monica Potter Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott Gary Soneji
Dylan Baker Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem Megan Rose
Anton Yelchin Thomas Dunne
Kimberly Hawthorne Maggie Rose Dunne
Billy Burke Ben Devine
Jay O. Sanders Detective Kyle Craig
Michael Moriarty Senator Hank Rose
Penelope Ann Miller Elizabeth Rose
Technical Credits
Lee Tamahori Director
Eric Batut Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
David Brown Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Sandy Cochrane Art Director
Lewis Colick Screenwriter
Morgan Freeman Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Marty Hornstein Co-producer, Executive Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Marc DeMoss Screenwriter
James Patterson Source Author
Ida Random Production Designer
Rosalina Da Silva Makeup
Neil Travis Editor
Elizabeth Wilcox Set Decoration/Design
Joe Wizan Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    This movie is so good, 1.5 hrs in, I thought only 20 minutes went by! This movie is full of suspense, and it is perfect for a fan of James Patterson's books or a crime nut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shouldn't Even Be Associated With the Book

    "Along Came a Spider", starring Morgan Freeman and Monica Potter, is definetley an entertaining movie. I mean, it's got action, suspense, and all the other good stuff. However, "Along Came a Spider"'s plot, created by Marc Moss, based VERY LOOSELY on the James Patterson novel, is just that; loose. There are a million plot holes, filled in moderatley by sub-par acting, mostly filled with great direction from Lee Tamahori.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite movies!

    I have to agree with you there...Michael Wincott was the best in this movie!...I don't think he gets as much attention as he should. The only reason I watched it was because he was in it...and i loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a very good movie

    This movie is great.It will surprise you at the end.Michael Wincott does a great job acting,as well as the rest of the cast,but I especially like Michael Wincott.

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