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Spider-Man (3-May-2002)

Director: Sam Raimi

Writer: David Koepp

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Superheroes, Comic Book, New York

Comic-book epic regales viewers with the origin fable of everyone's favorite crimefighting spider-like superhero.

Introverted high school student Peter Parker, bullied as a nerd by his peers and hopelessly smitten with classmate Mary Jane Watson, is bitten by a radioactive spider while out on a field trip to a laboratory one fateful day. Blessed with superpowers resembling that of a spider's not too long after the incident, Peter transforms into Spider-Man, soon acquiring a sworn enemy in the form of the Green Goblin after power-obsessed millionaire Norman Osborn becomes the guinea pig for an experimental cocktail of turbocharged performance-enhancing drugs.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Elizabeth Banks
10-Feb-1974   The Baxter
Bruce Campbell
22-Jun-1958   Evil Dead
Willem Dafoe
22-Jul-1955   Last Temptation of Christ
Kirsten Dunst
30-Apr-1982   Mary-Jane in Spider-Man
James Franco
19-Apr-1978   Freaks and Geeks
Macy Gray
6-Sep-1967   R&B vocalist
Rosemary Harris
19-Sep-1927   Aunt May in Spider-Man
Lucy Lawless
29-Mar-1968   Xena, Warrior Princess
Tobey Maguire
27-Jun-1975   Spider-Man
Joe Manganiello
28-Dec-1976   Alcide Herveaux on True Blood
Jim Norton
19-Jul-1968   Bald white guy on Tough Crowd
Bill Nunn
20-Oct-1953 24-Sep-2016 Do the Right Thing
Ted Raimi
14-Dec-1965   Joxer on Xena, Warrior Princess
Sara Ramirez
31-Aug-1975   Dr. Callie Torres on Grey's Anatomy
Cliff Robertson
9-Sep-1923 10-Sep-2011 Uncle Ben in Spider-Man
Randy Savage
15-Nov-1952 20-May-2011 WWF and WCW heavyweight champion
J. K. Simmons
9-Jan-1955   J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man
Octavia Spencer
25-May-1972   The Help


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 5-Oct-2010)

Anxiously awaited by both comic and cartoon fans alike, Sam Raimi brings the extremely popular 'Spider-man' to life on the big screen which is true-to-form and a very rewarding rendition of this much adored action hero. Tobey Maguire is perfectly cast and admirably pulls off the dual role of shy newsboy by day, crime-fighter extraordinaire by night with style and grace. Kirsten Dunst is equally endearing as Spidey's gal pal as there are more than one Kodak moments shared between the two which no doubt will be archived in cinematic annals if romance fans have their vote. Yet it is the title character's battle with the arch-enemy Green Goblin, effectively played by veteran actor Willem Dafoe, which provides the many suspenseful twists and turns evidenced in their high-flying acrobatic dealings courtesy of STA CGI. While the much welcomed side plot involving Spider-man's subdued alter-ego (the mild mannered newsboy Peter Parker) adds additional intrigue as he entangles with envious friend and rival Robert Franco for the affection of sweetheart Dunst, it is the humorous (borderline silly but still funny) antics provided by J.K. Simmons as Peter Parker's Daily Bugle boss that contributes a huge amount of laughs in this enjoyable adventure that certainly sets the standard for first rate comic book to big screen transitions.

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