Along Came a Spider (2001)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Morgan Freeman Alex Cross
Monica Potter Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott Gary Soneji
Penelope Ann Miller Elizabeth Rose
Micheal Moriarty
Dylan Baker Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem Megan Rose
Anton Yelchin Dimitri Starodubov
Kimberly Hawthorne Agent Hickley
Jay O. Sanders Kyle Craig
Billy Burke Ben Devine
Michael Moriarty Senator Hank Rose
Anna Maria Horsford Vickie
Scott Heindl Floyd the Fisherman
Christopher Shyer Jim
Jill Teed Tracie
Ian Marsh Sam
Raoul Ganeev Bodyguard
Samantha Ferris Mrs. Hume
Ocean Hellman Amy Masterson
Tom McBeath Country Chief Cabell
Tamara Taggart Reporter
Suzette Meyers Reporter
Brian Arnold Reporter
Chris Robson Reporter
Jonathan Walker Reporter
Debra Donohue Reporter
Mila Dobrozdravich Hannah
Aaron Joseph Kennedy
Ravil Issyanov Lermontov (as Ravil Isyanov)
Ronin Wong Medical Examiner
Campbell Lane Mathias
Charles Andre Diplomatic Patrol Officer
Claire Riley News Anchor
Paul Carson News Anchor
Donna Lysell News Anchor
Kevin Hayes News Co-Anchor
Steve Makaj News Co-Anchor
Nathaniel DeVeaux Coast Guard Captain (as Nathaniel Deveaux)
Nguyen Hall Watergate Employee
Charles Andison McArthur Entourage
Movie Details
Genre Thriller; Crime; Mystery
Director Lee Tamahori
Producer David Brown; Joe Wizan; Marc Moss
Writer Marc Moss; James Patterson
Studio Paramount Pictures
Series Alex Cross
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 103 mins
Country USA
Color Color
After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician's technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls--based on the first of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels--and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise. It's no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk's Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller's time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.

When a senator's daughter is kidnapped from her high-security private school, the kidnapper (nicely played by the underrated Michael Wincott) draws Cross into the case, knowing that the psychologist-detective's involvement will bring high-profile publicity. Cross partners with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who botched her assignment, but wait... the movie's got a rabbit in its hat... and that rabbit has an ace up its sleeve... and director Lee Tamahori (who brought similar intensity to The Edge) handles the sleight-of-hand with slick precision, dispensing just enough information to keep the viewer off guard without resorting to cheap manipulation. Don't look for much depth of character here, but Along Came a Spider is well served by everyone involved. It's the movie equivalent of a bestseller you'd impulsively buy at the grocery-store checkout, and on those terms it succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 10
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 097363365143
Chapters 12
Release Date 2001
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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