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 vil...

Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson

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Year: 2002
Running Time: 121 minutes
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: PG13

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As Osborn turns around, there is clearly a wall and walkway behind him. In the next cut, the test chamber is behind him.

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Filming location: New York Public Library, 5th Avenue, New York. This is also the where "Ghost Busters" took place.

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Bruce Campbell has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. Find out more at www.Bruce-Campbell.com.

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Ajay Mehta is probably best known for his "Fiber One" commercials.

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The Moondance Diner lived at the mouth of the Holland Tunnel at Sixth Ave. & Grand St. in Manhattan, New York since 1932. The property was purchased and development was going to begin, so in 2007 it was moved to Labarge, Wyoming.

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Filming location: East 57th Street & Lexington Ave., New York

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Film printed backwards - Peter is suddenly left-handed, using a left-handed camera.

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Cameo: Stan Lee (creator of Spider-Man)

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Filming location: The Daily Bugle building is actually The Flatiron Building at 175 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, NY. It was originally called the "Fuller Building" in 1902 and was one of the first skyscrapers built in history.

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Peter Parker: "You don't trust anyone, that's your problem." - J. Jonah Jameson: "I trust my barber."

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The background music is the theme song for the original 1967 animated TV series "Spider-Man".

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