DVD - 2012
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After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter's uncle, he swears to use his "spider-skills" to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ.
Publisher: [New Zealand] :, Sony Picture (NZ) Limited,, [2012].
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 1 DVD (116 min.) :,sound. colour ;,12 cm.
Region 2, Region 4, rda
Notes: Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2002.
English captions (descriptive subtitles for the hearing impaired); English audio descriptions (descriptive narration).


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Mar 03, 2021

it was pretty good, i did not like that the webs were organic(gross) and i also didn't like that they showed the claws/hairs that make him stick (i could just through up). but other than that it was overall good

Mar 10, 2020

Great movie about the greatest every man hero. On a technical note I liked how his webbing was organic as opposed to the mechanical shooters.

Aug 07, 2019

I very much enjoyed this movie and I felt that (while I haven't watched Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man yet) Tobey portrays a somewhat more mature version of Peter, comparable to Tom Holland, who sort of shows a less mature version (and I'm not saying that's bad). I feel like Tobey and Tom were very good Peters and Spider-Men and I don't appreciate the competition between them. I like them both equally and I think they are very awesome.

Jan 14, 2018

At the time I thought this was a great superhero movie. Probably one of the best. It's aged a bit, but I thought it was pretty faithful to the source material.

Oct 14, 2017

It was awesome. Easy to get laughs out of this movie.

Oct 07, 2017

This movie came out in the 2000’s but to this day it has been and will always be one of the best super hero movies of all time. This movie starts off showing Peter Parker before he becomes Spiderman. It shows how Peter was a nerd that didn’t have many friends and got bullied a lot. It also showed how he lived with his aunt and uncle. But suddenly when he got bit by a radio active spider, everything in his life changed. His uncle noticed he was changing and had a talk with him. In my opinion what his uncle told him “with great power, comes great responsibility” was not only the morale of the story but also the most important part which made Peter into the Spider Man. Shortly after he uncle was robbed and killed which is what turned Peter into a crime fighter. The main villain in this movie is the Green Goblin, and it was a perfect way to test Spider Man with his new powers. Although it seemed impossible in the end Peter stopped the Goblin and found out it was his best friend (Harry)’s dad. Harry also realized Peter was Spiderman and this drifted their relationship because Spider Man killed his father. This movie will always be a classic and is what inspired most movies in the super hero saga. Although this Spiderman is older than the current super hero movies out, I recommend everyone to check this amazing movie out. @ButterChicken of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Spider-man is a phenomenal American film starring a high school student in New York who goes from being a victim of bullying and not enjoying his life to developing super powers, fighting off crime, and becoming the citiy's protector. I personally love this movie because it features a high school student and since I am close to his age, I can relate to some parts of the movie. The movie's plot, action and fantasy caught my eye and kept me amused throughout the entire 121 minutes. I also liked it because even though a lot of people doubted him, he ended up proving them wrong and accomplishing his dreams. I recommend anyone from the age of 13 and older to watch this movie. It does not contain much explicit words and you will most likely enjoy it if you are into action/fantasy. If I had to rate this movie I would give it a 9/10. 
- @smous786 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 01, 2017

Kind of cheesy but still pretty good.

Aug 17, 2017

This is the best Marvel movie I have watched. I enjoyed it.

A very good, if somewhat corny movie, and Willem Defoe is fantastic, but the Goblin Armor is hard to take seriously.

Aug 24, 2016

This is a 2002 American superhero action-drama directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
A high school kid in New York City turns into a crimefighting superhero after developing spider-like super powers with an uncanny spider bite.
With fascinating visual effects, it is an enjoyable entertaining piece.

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Aug 25, 2020

Hooh.. It's cold! - Norman Osborn

Aug 24, 2019

Green Goblin: "Are you in or are you out?"

Spider-Man: "It's you who's out, Gobbie. Out of your mind!"


Oct 14, 2017

It's your friendly neighborhood spiderman!

Aug 28, 2017

Don't tell Harry.

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

Go web! Fly! Up, up, and away web! Shazaam! Go! Go! Go web go! Tally ho.

May 31, 2014

"With great power comes great responsibility"

Nov 14, 2012

Peter Parker; Sorry I'm late everyone! It's a jungle out there! I had to beat an old lady with a stick to get these cranberries!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Norman Osborn: [at Peter's graduation] I know this has been a difficult time for you, but I want you to try to enjoy this day. Commencement: the end of one thing, the start of something new.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Peter Parker: I said... uh... Spider-Man, I said uh... The great thing about MJ is... when you look in her eyes and she's looking back in yours... everything... feels... not quite normal. Because you feel stronger and weaker at the same time. You feel excited and at the same time, terrified. The truth is... you don't know what you feel except you know what kind of man you want to be. It's as if you've reached the unreachable and you weren't ready for it."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Peter Parker: I was in the neighborhood, needed to see a friendly face. I took three buses and a cab to *get* in the neighborhood, but... So how'd it go?

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Aug 17, 2017

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Mar 29, 2017

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Dec 16, 2012

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Jul 16, 2012

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Jul 10, 2012

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Jul 03, 2011

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

High school senior Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) lives in Forest Hills, a quiet neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, with his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) and Aunt May (Rosemary Harris). He secretly loves Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), a warm-hearted girl next door, but he is too shy to approach her. His friend Harry Osborn (James Franco) is the son of Dr. Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), president of the Oscorp manufacturing corporation, which is working to win a contract to supply weapons to the United States Army. On a field trip to a genetics laboratory, Peter is bitten by a genetically engineered spider. He passes out in his bedroom at home, and the next day his vision is perfect, he has become more muscular with superhuman strength, his wrists emit web strings, and his reflexes are super-quick. At school, he saves Mary Jane from a split-second fall and easily defeats her bullying boyfriend in a fistfight. Realizing that the spider's bite has given him spiderlike powers, he trains himself to scale walls, jump between rooftops, and swing through the city.

Jul 17, 2008

A young high school student named Peter Parker has it in for himself. He is a nerd, has one good friend, is the target of bullying and can't seem to get his love interest, Mary Jane, attention. When one fateful field Peter gets bitten by a gentically altered spider, and the next day wakes up with amazing strength, agility, and a "spider sense." After his uncle is killed in a car jacking Peter gets revenge on his uncles death and vows to help society, coining up his alter ego Spider-Man winning the hearts of many girls and citizens of New York, but losing it to the law of the Big Apple, Spider-man encounters his first real test, The Green Goblin.


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Oct 14, 2017

Other: Some course language, 2 really 'kissy' parts, lots of violence, nightmare provoking scenes, etc. Not really for kids under 9.

Jul 17, 2008

Violence: fighting sequences, some blood

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