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Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 18 July 1990 (USA)
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A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

Don Jakoby (story), Al Williams (story) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Ross Jennings
Harley Jane Kozak ... Molly Jennings
John Goodman ... Delbert McClintock
Julian Sands ... Dr. James Atherton
Stuart Pankin ... Sheriff Parsons
Brian McNamara ... Chris Collins
Mark L. Taylor ... Jerry Manley
Henry Jones ... Dr. Sam Metcalf
Peter Jason ... Henry Beechwood
James Handy ... Milton Briggs
Roy Brocksmith ... Irv Kendall
Kathy Kinney ... Blaire Kendall
Mary Carver ... Margaret Hollins
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz Marlene Katz ... Shelley Jennings
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Storyline

A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town. Written by Shaun Ouimette <xtreemshaun589@hotmail.com>

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The suspense of Alien! The excitement of Jaws! The fun of Back To The Future! See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shot in Cambria, CA. All the school scenes were filmed at Coast Union High School. See more »

Goofs

(at arouns 0h 19 mins) When the dog and cat use the pet door to run away from the spider, theere is a crew member pushing the fake spider out of the door before the crow lands to catch it. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Lloyd Parsons: [introducing Delbert to Doctor Atherton] Excuse me. Professor? This is our town exterminator.
Delbert McClintock: Delbert McClintock, infestation management. Always nice to meet a collegue.
Sheriff Lloyd Parsons: Now, he believes he came across one of the offending spiders a couple of hours ago.
Doctor James Atherton: Might you have brought it with you?
Delbert McClintock: Actually, he's probably still at the bottom of my shoe. You really can't tell what it is anymore.
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Referenced in Spider-Man (2002) See more »

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Summer Wind
Written by Henry Mayer, Hans Brudtke and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Not bad...
25 February 2000 | by SnLncSee all my reviews

I did not start watching "Arachnophobia" expecting to like it. I was surprised to find that it was really quite enjoyable and kept your attention. It sounds like just another stupid take off of "The Birds (1963)" and something not really worth your time.

I think what made this movie work was that it had lots of humor and the spiders did not seem too unbelievable. It had lots of shadows from the spiders on the walls and behind the curtains which has an eerie effect on the audience.

I would recommend renting this movie. Watch it with an open mind and try not to think, "This is stupid."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arachnophobia See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,045,760, 22 July 1990

Gross USA:

$53,208,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,208,180
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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