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Along Came a Spider (2001)

When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

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Detective/psychologist Alex Cross loses his partner in an out of control 'bust.' He stops working and cannot forgive himself. He is drawn back to work reluctantly when a senator's daughter is kidnapped and the kidnapper seems to want to deal with Alex personally. Written by Lindsay

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The game is far from over. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 April 2001 (USA)  »

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Telaraña  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,712,407 (USA) (8 April 2001)

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$74,078,174 (USA)
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Trivia

This film was made after Kiss the Girls (1997), but the book was set before the prior film. See more »

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As the two Secret Service men are running past the front gate after the kidnapping, the bar on the gate has been lowered and they run around it. In the video tapes of the same scene that Cross reviews, the two men run straight out into the street, and there is no bar blocking their path. See more »

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[first lines]
Tracie: Tonight was your first night at the club, wasn't it?
Jim: No. I've been there a few times before.
Tracie: Really? Well, how come I haven't seen you?
Jim: I noticed you the first night I walked in. You always stand out.
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Michael Wincott is listed as "Kichael Wincott" See more »

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Along Came A Plot Twist
15 January 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Precocious kids, computers, and a famous kidnapping figure into this elaborate thriller set in Washington, D.C. A guilt-ridden detective (Morgan Freeman) and his Secret Service partner (Monica Potter) try to catch a psycho who abducts the child of a prominent family. The film is aimed at viewers who like crime puzzles and mind games. There's lots of action and dark suspense.

The film's underlying concept is fascinating and clever. But the screenplay overlays the ingenious concept with implausible, and at times confusing, plot twists. After my second viewing I still had unanswered questions.

The screenplay had another weakness. At least seven times, it used TV news coverage of the abduction to advance the plot. Relying on TV news reporting is a stale and tiresome plot device that detracts from any film, in my opinion. Here, its repetitiveness made it even more irritating.

The film's characters were not particularly interesting. Freeman's Alex Cross was dull and plodding; Potter's Jezzie Flannigan was nasal and humorless. And the melodramatic music was manipulative and too loud.

"Along Came A Spider" does have entertainment value, derived from its suspenseful action, and cloak and dagger intrigue, enhanced by excellent cinematography and good set design. I just wish that the film's screenplay had been as clever as the concept upon which the screenplay was based.


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