Spider (2002)
Front Cover Actor
Ralph Fiennes Spider
Miranda Richardson Mrs. Cleg
Gabriel Byrne Bill Cleg
Bradley Hall Young Spider
Lynn Redgrave Mrs. Wilkinson
John Neville Terrence
Gary Reineke Freddy
Philip Craig John
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director David Cronenberg
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 98 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Internal madness is hypnotically externalized in David Cronenberg's Spider, a disturbing portrait of schizophrenia. Adapted by Patrick McGrath from his celebrated novel, this no-frills production begins when "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes, in a daring, nearly nonverbal role) returns to his childhood neighborhood in London's dreary East End, where a traumatic event from his past percolates to the surface of his still-erratic consciousness. Released from a mental institution and left to fend for himself, he pursues elusive memories while staying in a halfway house run by a stern matron (Lynn Redgrave), unable to distinguish between past, present, and psychological fabrication. The distorting influence of Spider's mind is directly reflected in Cronenberg's cunning visual strategy, presenting a shifting "reality" that's deliberately untrustworthy, until the veracity of nearly every scene is called into question. With an impressive dual-role performance by Miranda Richardson, Spider falls prey to its own lugubrious rhythms, but like the acclaimed 1995 indie film Clean, Shaven, it's a compelling glimpse of mental illness, seen from the inside out. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 33
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 043396003736
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby