09 20 Oct '24
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David Cronenberg


98' - 2002 - Mystery, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: English
Director: David Cronenberg Composer: Howard Shore With: Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Bradley Hall
Spider is a deeply disturbed boy. One day he ‘sees’ his father brutally murder his mother and replace her with a prostitute, Yvonne. Convinced they plan to murder him next, Spider hatches an insane plan, which he carries through to tragic effect. After a long period in a mental institution, Spider is released and returns to the East End of London, where he grew up. He is sent to a half-way house where he receives little care nor attention from the landlady Mrs. Wilkinson. The sights and sounds and the smells of the streets begin to awaken the deeply buried memories of his childhood. Unsupervised, Spider stops taking his medication and starts revisiting his childhood haunts. His attempts to sustain his delusional account of his past begin to unravel and Spider spirals into fresh madness.

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David Cronenberg


Howard Shore


Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Bradley Hall


Patrick McGrath

Director of Photography

Peter Suschitzky


Ron Sanders


Catherine Bailey, Samuel Hadida, David Cronenberg

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Countries of production

Canada, United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"Spider" by Patrick McGrath



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