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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 »
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the exterminator sprays insecticide, it is just plain water being sprayed. That scene and the scene in the shower were shot in cuts taking great care not to get the spiders too wet. When the spider goes down the drain, it is a fake drain and the spider is quickly removed from the water. Of course, the giant spider was mechanical and it's the mechanical and fake spiders that are electrocuted and burned. See more »

Goofs

When Ross yells for help while he tries to exit the cellar, his mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Molly Jennings: Why is all the wood rotting?
Delbert McClintock: I'll tell you why. Bad wood.
Molly Jennings: So... what do we do?
Delbert McClintock: Tear out bad wood. Put in good wood.
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Connections

Referenced in Decloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain (2010) See more »

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Don't Bug Me
Written by Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley and Jay Oliver
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Music: Trevor Jones
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
Through special arrangement with Elektra Entertainment
An ECM Production
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Jimmy Buffett appears courtesy of MCA Records
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Ewwww, Spiders...
13 February 2005 | by ryan_kuhnSee all my reviews

Spiders are not a favorite of many people, something about eight legs does not appeal to the masses. The movie Arachnophobia plays on the fears of an audience, while mixing in enough humor to engage the viewer with a standard horror story. Jeff Daniels plays a big city doctor who moves out into the country to take over the practice of the soon-to-be retiring doctor who has served for about 140 years or so. The Daniels' character is also scared of spiders, so when killer spiders enter the town, we have the standard ingredients to the standard horror movie. The spiders look convincing enough to scare almost anybody, and the exterminator, played by John Goodman, offers enough jokes to lead to an entertaining movie. There is nothing Earth-shattering about the film, but for popcorn season, this movie will not disappoint.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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