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Movie propaganda

The only thing worse than losing your mind... is finding it again.

Spider (Ralph Fiennes) is a strange and lonely man. After a long period in a mental institution, he returns to the streets of the East End of London where he grew up. The sights and sounds and the smells of those streets begin to awaken the deeply buried memories of his childhood. At the centre of these memories is the great trauma of losing his mother, a trauma which occurred, he believes, because his plumber father, Bill Cleg (Gabriel Byrne), murdered her in order to move a prostitute, Yvonne (Miranda Richardson), into the house in her place.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama mental institution London UK trauma

Persons of interest

  • Ralph Fiennes .... Dennis "Spider" Cleg
  • Miranda Richardson .... Yvonne, Mrs Cleg, Mrs Wilkinson
  • Gabriel Byrne .... Bill Cleg
  • Bradley Hall .... Young Spider
  • Lynn Redgrave .... Mrs Wilkinson
  • John Neville .... Terrence
  • Gary Reineke .... Freddy
  • Philip Craig .... John
  • Patrick McGrath .... Author
  • David Cronenberg .... Screenwriter
  • Patrick McGrath .... Screenwriter
  • David Cronenberg .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen NTSC (1.78:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Talent profiles
    • Commentaries: David Cronenberg
    • DVD-ROM: Official web site
    • Featurettes: Behind-the-scenes:
      • In the beginning
      • Weaving the web
      • Caught in Spider's web
    • Trailers: Theatrical, bonus
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Adult themes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 May 2003
DVD rental: 15 October 2003
VHS rental: 15 October 2003

Cinema surveillance images

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