- Spider (film)
name = Spider
caption = "Spider" film poster
producer = David Cronenberg
writer = Novel & Screenplay:
Ralph Fiennes Miranda Richardson Gabriel Byrne
Sony Pictures Classics(USA)
runtime = 98 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0278731
budget = |
The film premiered at the 2002
Cannes Film Festivaland enjoyed some media buzz; however, it was released in only a few theaters at the year's end by distributor Sony Pictures Classics. Nonetheless, the film enjoyed much acclaim by critics and especially by Cronenberg enthusiasts. The film garnered a Best Director award at the Canadian Genie Awards. The stars of the film, Ralph Fiennesand particularly Miranda Richardson, received several awards for their work in the film.
During a Question and Answer session at the Kodak Lecture Series in May 2005, Cronenberg revealed that neither he, Fiennes, Richardson, nor the producers received any sort of salary during the shooting of the film. All chose to waive their salaries so the money could be used to fund the under-funded production.
"Spider" is an exploration of a
schizophrenic mindtold through the eyes of a son who watches his father murder his mother and replace her with his mistress. Years later, the son, now a grown man, is released from a mental institution and begins piecing together his memories to recreate the fateful childhood event.
Central themes of the film include
memoryand the unreliability thereof.
Ralph Fiennesas Dennis "Spider" Cleg
*Bradley Hall as Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Young)
Miranda Richardsonas Mrs. Cleg (Dennis' mother)
Gabriel Byrneas Bill Cleg (Dennis' father)
Lynn Redgraveas Mrs. Wilkinson
*John Neville as Terrence
On the review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 126 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1120292-spider/ |title=Spider - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2007-09-22 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 83 out of 100, based on 35 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/spider |title=Spider (2002): Reviews |accessdate=2007-09-22 |publisher= Metacritic] It was voted for in the 2002 Sight and Sound Poll by Amy Taubin, who ranked it 10th. [ [http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/topten/poll/voter.php?forename=Amy&surname=Taubin BFI | Sight & Sound | Top Ten Poll 2002 - How the directors and critics voted ] ]
* [http://www.spiderthemovie.com Official film site]
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