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Spider-man 2 - Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, Sam Raimi

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Movie propaganda

The spider will return.

Two years have passed, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) faces new challenges as he struggles with "the gift and the curse," desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unravelling. His life-long yearning for MJ (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), who has fallen on hard times after the death of Uncle Ben, begins to have doubts about her nephew. Peter's life is about to become even more complicated as he encounters a formidable new foe - Dr Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina). Peter must use all the powers at his disposal to try to stop this diabolical madman in his octagonal tracks.

Persons of interest

  • Tobey Maguire .... Peter Parker, Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst .... Mary Jane Watson
  • Lindsay Lohen .... Kyra Carter
  • Jake Gyllenhaal .... Kletus Kasady
  • Alfred Molina .... Doctor Otto Octavius, Doctor Octopus
  • Daniel Gillies .... John Jameson
  • James Franco .... Harry Osborn
  • Elizabeth Banks .... Betty Brant
  • Bruce Campbell .... Snooty usher
  • Rosemary Harris .... Aunt May
  • JK Simmons .... J Jonah Jameson
  • Ted Raimi .... Hoffman
  • Dylan Baker .... Dr Curt Connors
  • Daniel Gillies .... John Jameson
  • Donna Murphy .... Rosalie Octavius
  • Steve Ditko .... Creator
  • Stan Lee .... Creator
  • Alfred Gough .... Screenwriter
  • Miles Millar .... Screenwriter
  • David Koepp .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Chabon .... Screenwriter
  • Sam Raimi .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Spider-man 2 official movie site
  • Spider-man 2 movie trailers:
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2005: Won: Achievement in visual effects (John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier); Nominated: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2004: Nominated: Best Sound, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
    • Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2004: Nominated: Best film, Best sequel, prequel or remake, Best effects
    • International Press Academy Golden Satellite Awards 2004: Nominated: Actor In A Supporting Role - Drama (Alfred Molina), Nominated: Original Score (Danny Elfman), Cinematography (Bill Pope, Anette Haellmigk), Visual Effects (John Dystra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony Lamolinara, John Frazier), Film Editing (Bob Murawski), Sound - Editing and Mixing (Kevin O'Connell, Greg Russell, Jeffrey J Haboush, Joseph Geisinger, Paul NJ Ottosson, Susan Dudeck)
    • MTV Movie Awards 2005: Nominated: Best movie, Best villain (Alfred Molina), Best action sequence (The Subway Battle)
    • Visual Effects Society Awards 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture (John Dykstra, Lydia Bottegoni, Anthony LaMolinara, Scott Stokdyk), Best Single Visual Effect of the Year - Clock Tower (John Dykstra, Lydia Bottegoni, Dan Abrams, John Monos), Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion Picture (John Frazier, Jim Schwalm, Jim Nagle, Dave Amborn), Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film (Alfred Molina), Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture - NYC Street - Night (Dan Abrams, David Emery, Andrew Nawrot, John Hart), Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture - Train Sequence (Colin Drobnis, Greg Derochie, Blaine Kennison, Kenny Lam)
  • See also Spider-man
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Yay! Spider-man 2 is good! Almost as good as the first one!

What you get with this sequel is a whole heap of answers to all those questions that were asked the first time around: What happens when someone finds out Peter Parker is Spider-man? Will Mary Jane choose Peter or Harry Osborn? What will Harry do about his father's death? What will Peter say to Aunt May about his part in Uncle Ben's death? What new super-powers will Spider-man discover?

All the action, thrills, spills, drama and romance you enjoyed in the first is back in the second.

I even cried (I won't tell you which bit because it will make me look like a big wimp).

Stay tuned for Spider-man 3 in 2007.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries:
      • Director Sam Raimi and members of the cast and crew
      • Visual Effects Supervisor
    • Documentaries:
      • Behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie
      • Branching reveals 4 'Web-i-sode' behind-the-scenes featurettes
      • Making "The amazing Spider-Man" - 12 part behind the scenes documentary examines all facets of the film's production from costume design, sound, music and visual effects
      • 4 additional behind the scenes features include a look at The women of Spider-Man and a visual effects breakdown
    • Featurettes:
      • Blooper reel
      • Easter Eggs
      • Enter the web multi-angle function.
      • 'Spidey Sense' pop up factoids reveal behind-the-scenes facts while you watch the movie
    • Galleries: Photo
    • Music videos:
      • I am by Killing Heidi
      • Ordinary by Train
      • Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
    • Trailers

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

127 minutes (2:07 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 1 July 2004
DVD rental: 8 December 2004
VHS rental: 8 December 2004

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