Spider-Man (1977 film)

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Poster of The Amazing Spider-Man.jpg
United Kingdom theatrical release poster
Based on Spider-Man by
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Written by Alvin Boretz
Stan Lee
(script consultant)
Directed by E. W. Swackhamer
Starring Nicholas Hammond
Lisa Eilbacher
Theme music composer Johnnie Spence
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Edward J. Montagne
Editor(s) Aaron Stell
Cinematography Fred Jackman
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Danchuck Productions
Original network CBS
Original release
  • September 14, 1977 (1977-09-14)

Spider-Man is a 1977 American made-for-television superhero film, which serves as the pilot to the 1978 television series titled, The Amazing Spider-Man. It was directed by E. W. Swackhamer and stars Nicholas Hammond and Thayer David.


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]



The film premiered on CBS on September 14, 1977. It was later shown theatrically overseas. It was then released on VHS in 1980.


  1. ^ Marty McKee; Big A; Kevin Gillease. ""The Amazing Spider-Man" Pilot (1977) - Plot Summary". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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