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Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.



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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 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). ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Tobey Maguire
as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Kirsten Dunst
as Mary Jane Watson
Willem Dafoe
as Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
James Franco
as Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson
as Uncle Ben
J.K. Simmons
as J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello
as Eugene `Flash' Thompson
Gerry Becker
as Maximillian Fargas
Bill Nunn
as Joseph `Robbie' Robertson
Jack Betts
as Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson
as Gen. Slocum
Ted Raimi
as Hoffman
Ron Perkins
as Dr. Mendel Stromm
K.K. Dodds
as Simkins
Bruce Campbell
as Ring Announcer
Elizabeth Banks
as Miss Brant
John Paxton
as Houseman
Tim De Zarn
as Philip Watson
Taylor Gilbert
as Madeline Watson
Randy Savage
as Bone Saw McGraw
Larry Joshua
as Wrestling Promoter
Timothy Patrick Quill
as Wrestling Arena Guard
Lisa Danielle
as Bone-ette
Natalie T. Yeo
as Bone-ette
Erica D. Porter
as Bone-ette
Jason Padgett
as Flash's Crony
Sally Livingstone
as Girl on Bus
James K. Ward
as Project Coordinator
David Holcomb
as Test Pilot
Octavia Spencer
as Check-In Girl
Shane Habberstad
as Little Billy
Deborah Wakeham
as Billy's Mom
Rachel Bruce
as Times Square Child
Mackenzie Bryce
as Times Square Child
Julia Barry
as Times Square Child
Macy Gray
as Herself
Myk Watford
as Cop at Fire
Sylvia Kelegian
as Mother at Fire
Kristen Marie Holly
as Young Lady at Fire
Ajay Mehta
as Cabbie
Scott Spiegel
as Marine Cop
Matt Smith
as Cop at Carjacking
Sara Ramirez
as Cop at Carjacking
Lucy Lawless
as Punk Rock Girl
Jayce Bartok
as Subway Guitarist
Maribel Gonzalez
as Lady Dogwalker
Amy Bouril
as Office Lady
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Opinionated Cop
Jim Norton (II)
as Surly Truck Driver
Corey Mendell Parker
as Chaperone in Tram
Ashley Edner
as Girl in Tram
Alex Black
as Boy in Tram
Laura Gray
as Tram Group Mother
Joe Virzi
as New Yorker on Bridge
Michael Edward Thomas
as New Yorker on Bridge
Jeanie Fox
as New Yorker on Bridge
Stan Lee
as Man on Balcony (uncredited)
Robert Kerman
as Tugboat Captain
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