Columbia Pictures Released 2002




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Movie Summary

Sam Raimi

Spider-Man follows the story of a teenage boy's transformation into a superhero. Peter Parker is a high school senior who lives in Queens, New York. During a trip to a genetics lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically engineered spider. When he wakes up the next morning, he discovers he has special attributes including perfect vision, increased strength, webs that come out of his wrists and extremely quick reflexes. At school, he is even able to save his crush, Mary Jane from taking a fall. Peter begins to use his new found strength to his advantage, even taking part in a wrestling match for money to pay for a car that he hopes will impress Mary Jane. he wins the match but the owner uses a loophole to avoid paying him the full amount. The owner is robbed as Peter walks away, and after being swindled by the owner makes no effort to stop the robber. The robber on leaving the building steals a car and killing the owner, happening to be Peter's Uncle Ben. Feeling like he is to blame for his uncle's death because he allowed the thief to escape, Peter vows to fight crime as Spider-Man. His hands are full, however, when the maniacal Green Goblin makes an appearance.



Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Spider-Man, while hardly immune to these vices, is, like Mr. Maguire, disarmingly likable, and touching in unexpected ways.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Spider-Man may look like an action comic come to life, but its best feature is its romance comic heart. It's that rare cartoon movie in which the villain is less involving than the...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Pic's happiest surprise is Tobey Maguire in the title role, as the young actor provides an emotional openness and vulnerability that gives this $120 million production its most dis...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Uncle Ben: Pete, you're changing. I went through exactly the same thing at your age.
      Peter: No not exactly
      Uncle Ben: Peter... these are the years when a man changes into the man he's gonna become the rest of his life. Just be careful who you change into. This guy, Flash Thompson, he probably deserved what happend. But just because you can beat him up doesn't give you the right to. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

    • Ring Announcer: If he can withstand just three minutes in the cage with Bone-Saw Mcgraw the sum of $3,000 will be paid to-- What's your name, kid?
      Peter: The Human Spider
      Ring Announcer: The Human Spider, that's it? That's the best you got?
      Peter: Yeah.
      |Ring Announcer: Oh, that sucks. The sum of $3,000 will be paid to the terrifying, the deadly, the amazing Spider-Man!

    • Cabbie 1: He's not a man. My brother saw him building a nest in Lincoln Center.

    • Robbie: We don't have a decent picture. Eddie's been on it for weeks, but we can barely get a glimpse of him.
      J.J.: Aw, what is he, shy? If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong we can certainy get a picture of this weirdo.

    • Norman: I gotta go.
      Harry: Dad. This girl is important to me.
      Norman: Harry, please. Look at her. You think a woman like that's sniffing around because she likes your personality.
      Harry: What are you saying?
      Norman: Your mother was beautiful too. They're all beautiful. Until they're snarling after your trust fund like a pack of ravening wolves.
      Harry: You're wrong about her, Dad.
      Norman: A word to the not-so-wise about your little girlfriend. Do what you need to with her, then broom her fast.

    • Green Goblin: Spider-Man is all but invincible. But Parker, we can destroy him.

    • Green Goblin: Misery, misery, misery. That is what you have chosen. I offered you friendship... and you spat it in my face. [fight ensues] You've spun your last web, Spider-Man. Had you not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless. But now that you've really pissed me off... I'm gonna finish her nice and slow.

    • Peter: No matter what I do... no matter how hard I try... the ones I love will always be the ones who pay.

    • Peter: This is my gift. My curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $139,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $403,706,375 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $821,708,551 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $566,995,528
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,154,069,153

    • Production Companies:
      Marvel Enterprises
      Laura Ziskin Productions

    • Filming locations include:
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York
      Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Columbia University, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Los Angeles, California
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York
      Beverly Hills, California
      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
      New York City, New York
      New York Public Library, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Queens, New York City, New York
      Queensboro Bridge, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Rockwell Defense Plant, Downey, California
      Roosevelt Island, New York City, New York
      Santa Clarita, California
      Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, New York
      Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York

    • Taglines:
      1. Do you want to know who I am? I'm Spider-Man.
      2. A Gift. A Curse. A Destiny.
      3. This is my gift. It is my curse.
      4. Next Summer, One Hero will take you for the Ultimate Spin.
      5. Turn your world upside down.
      6. Go for the ultimate spin.
      7. On May Third, the Entire World Will Connect to the Web.
      8. This spider gonna mess you up!
      9. Does whatever a spider can.
      10. Get Ready For The Ultimate Spin!
      11. If somebody told you I was just your average guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied.
      12. Spider, spider, spider, go squish!
      13. With great power comes great responsibility.
      14. There is a thin line between being an ordinary man and an extraordinary hero. In 2002, that line will be crossed.

    • Music:
      When It Started
      Written by Julian Casablancas
      Performed by The Strokes
      What We're All About (The Original Version)
      Written and Performed by Sum 41
      Written by Jan Novak, Fras Milan and Dejan Knez
      Performed by Laibach
      Jimmy Shaker Day
      Written by Thomas Flowers, Doug Eldridge and Ric Ivanisevich
      Performed by Oleander
      My Nutmeg Phantasy
      Written by Macy Gray, Darryl Swann, Lonnie Marshall, Keith Ciancia, Finn Hammer and Tom Ralls
      Performed by Macy Gray
      Itsy Bitsy Spider
      Performed by Willem Dafoe
      Written and Produced by Chad Kroeger
      Performed by Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
      Theme from Spider Man
      Written by Paul Francis Webster and Robert Harris

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Sound


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Crime, Superheroes