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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst


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After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with


After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia University lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider and overnight he gains superhuman strength, agility, and perception. At first, Peter uses his powers for material gain, winning a wrestling match with a purportedly lucrative prize. But when Peter apathetically fails to stop a burglar from robbing the wrestling arena, a tragedy follows that compels him to devote his powers to fighting crime -- as the superhero Spider-Man. When he's not busy fighting crime in a spider suit, Peter moves into an apartment with his best friend, Harry (James Franco), and begins work as a photographer at the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, his do-gooder alter ego finds a nemesis in the form of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), a super-powered, megalomaniacal villain who happens to be the alter ego of Harry's father, weapons-manufacturing mogul Norman Osborn. Spider-Man was written by the prolific blockbuster scribe David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Panic Room).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Certainly the most popular comic-book superhero created during the baby-boom years, the amazing Spider-Man makes an impressive live-action debut in director Sam Raimi’s colorful and dynamic adventure film. Best of all, this extravagantly produced tribute to the character created in 1962 by Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and Steve Ditko is refreshingly free of the condescension and campiness that mars so many movies adapted from comics. Tobey Maguire, whose screen persona is that of a mild-mannered, perceptive young man, is perfectly cast as Peter Parker, the socially maladroit high school student who develops strange powers after being bitten by a genetically altered super-spider. Winsome Kirsten Dunst plays Mary Jane, the popular girl whom he secretly loves, even though she’s dating his best friend, Harry (James Franco). Willem Dafoe all but steals the show with his bombastic portrayal of Spider-Man’s archenemy, the grotesquely costumed Green Goblin -- the genetically altered alter ego of Harry’s troubled father. While taking minor liberties with the character’s origin, Spider-Man remains remarkably faithful to both the spirit and the letter of Marvel’s four-color favorite. Flamboyant stunt work and computer-generated special effects lend credibility to the film’s elaborate fight scenes, but Raimi never loses sight of the human element, the fact that his young protagonist feels burdened by the awesome powers bestowed upon him. Maguire’s likability makes his Peter Parker a figure with whom audiences can empathize, no matter how outlandish his feats while garbed as the web-crawling superhero. A perfect popcorn movie, Spider-Man will delight adventure-loving viewers of all ages. The two-disc DVD Special Edition features a cornucopia of supplemental features, including: commentaries by Raimi, Dunst, and other members of the production team; an HBO "making-of" special; the E! Entertainment documentary "Spider-Mania"; screen tests; outtakes; DVD-ROM content; and much more.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Following through on the promise of director Bryan Singer's engagingly earnest but scattershot X-Men, Sam Raimi's big-budget, high-stakes screen version of Spider-Man represents a welcome return to some of the qualities found in the best Hollywood entertainments: satisfying character development, a palpable sense of wonder and amazement, and genuine, unironic good humor. After years of numbing, frenetic action pictures -- from the latter efforts in the Batman series to The Mummy Returns and its ilk -- the care and attention paid to Spider-Man's source material seems almost old-fashioned, in the best possible way. Raimi and ace screenwriter David Koepp retain the best elements of comic-book grammar and syntax -- in the dialogue as well as the pulpy, colorful montage sequences -- as they take minor but justified liberties with the comic's physical details. What's more, the once-controversial casting of talented young actor Tobey Maguire pays off in a big way: his pensive, quizzical nature is a perfect fit for the character. Rarely has there been a more believable everyman (or everygeek, as it were) in a superhero lead, and Maguire's fun with the role is infectious. If minor gripes can be made about the design and execution of the film -- there's an inconsistency in the look of some of the action scenes, for one -- they're quickly forgotten; this is one blockbuster where talk and interpersonal action go hand-in-hand with the thrills. More than just a victory of maximum-saturation marketing, Spider-Man's record-breaking success at the box office can only be interpreted as a sign of audiences responding to a blockbuster that for once follows through on its promise, with characters actually worth caring about.
New York Times
The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots. A.O. Scott
Hollywood Reporter
Guileless and charming with a perpetual look of startled bewilderment at the super powers he possesses, Maguire is perfect as an ordinary guy with a big secret. Kirk Honeycutt
New York Post

A surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations. Jonathan Foreman

Product Details

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson Uncle Ben
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello Flash Thompson
Gerry Becker Maximilian Fargas
Bill Nunn Robbie Robertson
Jack Betts Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson General Slocum
Ron Perkins Dr. Mendel Stromm
Elizabeth Banks Betty Brandt
Bruce Campbell Announcer
Michael Papajohn Burglar
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Randy Savage Bone Saw McGraw
Myk Watford Cop at Fire

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Andrea Dopaso Set Decoration/Design
Susan Dudeck Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Fugeman Associate Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects


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Spider-Man 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The first movie from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Great story and excellent special effects. That's why he is the Amazing Spider-Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't Waste your time on this movie. I did not live when the original spiderman came out. But I think the new one (with Andrew Garfield) is so much better, that the old , movie was not. In my opinion, Andrew Garfield was a better spiderman. Probably because Andrew actually was spiderman fan unlike Toby who never read the comics. Anyway Mary-Jane was so annoying. She screamed too much. While watching the movie I was like, "SHUT UP MARY JANE! YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF!" Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) never screamed once in the new one, where Mary Jane screams and cries like 1000 time. The original Spiderman was cheesy. Slow motion was used too much. Everything was too predictable. I just feel the new one is SO MUCH BETTER!! In conclusion, don't waste your time on the old one, watch the one with a funny main character and a girl who role models for girls. ~ Julia, age 12
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this move a whole lot. It was like seeing the cartoon come to life. Five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie in the WHOLE world!!! A must see for everybody. Get that movie now. Tobey Maguire was GREAT as Peter/Spidy. This movie RULES. YEAH GO SPIDER-MAN + TOBEY. Buy this movie NOw
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was to be the ''Great One'' of the summer. All the reviewers raved, fans flocked to the theaters, and then they raved. The fact is, this film is unexeptional. The acting is mediocre, and the special effects are dated. Half the time Spider-Man is created by a computer. Instead of buying this film, try to get something that rises above an attempt to milk a franchise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This the best Marvel movie I've ever seen. It surpasses all its predesesors. I can't wait to see Spider-man 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was definetly ''The Movie'' of the summer.I LOVED Peter Parker! and Tobey Maguire is the sweetest actor over the earth.I haven't known an actor before that shows his emotions as he did.Great effects, excellent actors, extraordinary message, excellent music.If there would be a possibility for me to choose an Oscar winner,Spider-Man deserves the GOLDEN!! and Tobey as Best Actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good thing about this movie is you dont have to know anything about spidey to enjoy it. Great actors, great special effects.