Spider-Man (1977 film)

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Not to be confused with the 2002 film of the same name.
Spider-Man
Poster of The Amazing Spider-Man.jpg
United Kingdom theatrical release poster
Directed by E. W. Swackhamer
Produced by Charles W. Fries
Daniel R. Goodman
Edward J. Montagne
Written by Alvin Boretz
Based on Spider-Man by
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Starring Nicholas Hammond
David White
Michael Pataki
Lisa Eilbacher
Music by Johnnie Spence
Cinematography Fred Jackman
Edited by Aaron Stell
Production
companies
Danchuck Productions
Marvel Television
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 14, 1977 (1977-09-14)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Spider-Man is a 1977 American live-action made-for-television superhero film that had a theatrical release abroad, which serves as the pilot to the 1978 television series titled, The Amazing Spider-Man. It was directed by E. W. Swackhamer, written by Alvin Boretz and stars Nicholas Hammond as the titular character, David White, Michael Pataki, Jeff Donnell and Thayer David.

Plot[edit]

Peter Parker (Nicholas Hammond), a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle, is bitten by a radioactive spider and discovers he has gained superpowers, such as super-strength, agility and the ability to climb sheer walls and ceilings. When a mysterious Guru (Thayer David) places people under mind-control to rob banks and threatens to have ten New Yorkers commit suicide at his command unless the city pays him $50 million, Peter becomes the costumed hero Spider-Man to stop the crook's fiendish scheme. Things take a bad turn when the villain hypnotizes Peter Parker into being one of the ten people to jump off a building on command.[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The famed sequence in which Spider-Man crawls across an office ceiling and jumps to the wall was accomplished using a complex set of rigging and cables hidden in tracks in the ceiling. Stunt grips lifted stuntman/stunt coordinator Fred Waugh to the ceiling, and he then scuttled down the hallway using a slider track while the wire pressure pulled him upwards.[2] The scene in which Spider-Man swings from building-to-building was extremely expensive and dangerous, and required two days of rigging; to avoid having to repeat this, the stunt was filmed from multiple camera angles to create extra footage which could be used in future episodes of the TV series.[2]

Release[edit]

The film premiered on CBS on September 14, 1977. It received a 17.8 rating with a 30 share, making it the highest performing CBS production for the entire year.[2] Overseas, the film was theatrically released. It received a VHS release in 1980.

Sequel[edit]

Spider-Man Strikes Back, a composite of the two-parter episode "Deadly Dust" of the conteporary television show The Amazing Spider-Man, screened in European theatres on 21 December 1978.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marty McKee; Big A; Kevin Gillease. ""The Amazing Spider-Man" Pilot (1977) - Plot Summary". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Mangels, Andy (October 2010). "Spinning the Story of the Amazing Spider-Man". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (44): 44–48. 

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