DVD 121 mins IMDB 7.4 (78,380 votes)
PG-13
Spider-Man - Deluxe Edition
Columbia Pictures (2002)
In Collection
#103

My Rating:
8

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Yes
(2003 )
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA  /  English

Tobey Maguire Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Willem Dafoe Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
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 Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson
Jack Betts Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson General Slocum
Ron Perkins Dr. Mendell Stromm
Michael Papajohn Carjacker
K.K. Dodds Simkins

Director Sam Raimi
Producer Ian Bryce; Laura Ziskin
Writer Stan Lee; Steve Ditko; David Koepp
Cinematography Don Burgess
Musician Alien Ant Farm; Default; Danny Elfman; Randy Fitzsimmons; Chad Kroeger; Josey Scott; Corey Taylor; Pete Yorn; Jerry Cantrell
User Credit 1 Arthur Coburn; Bob Murawski
User Credit 2 James Acheson

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 the Harry's father, weapons-manufacturing mogul Norman Osborn. Spider-Man was written by the prolific blockbuster scribe David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Panic Room). — Michael Hastings

Edition Details
Barcode 043396096615
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 11/1/2002
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Features
Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Stylized violence and action.
User Text 2 With great power comes great responsibility.
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Notes
Trivia: David Koepp's fourth screenplay to hold the opening weekend box office record. The others are Jurassic Park (1993) (June 1993), Mission: Impossible (1996) (May 1996) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) (May 1997). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Spider-Man is learning to jump between buildings, his shoes change from dark shoes to the Nike sneakers he is shown wearing prior to testing his web skills. (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
Peter Parker: [voiceover] Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale... if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied.
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Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 38 nominations (more)