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R| 1 hr. 38 min.

Plot Summary
Released after decades in a sanitarium, schizophrenic Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) moves into Mrs. Wilkinson's (Lynn Redgrave) halfway house and befriends a fellow resident, Terrence (John Neville), before retreating into personal writing and the darkness of his own haunted mind. Spider struggles to decipher murky memories of a childhood trauma involving his abusive father (Gabriel Byrne), his murdered mother (Miranda Richardson), and a prostitute who may have replaced her.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Miranda Richardson , Gabriel Byrne , Bradley Hall , Lynn Redgrave , John Neville , Gary Reineke , Philip Craig

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Spider (2002)

Release Date: February 28th, 2003|1 hr. 38 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( )
  • What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth. show more

  • In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality. show more

  • This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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