When a senator'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.


Lee Tamahori


James Patterson (novel), Marc Moss (screenplay)
2,880 ( 367)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Alex Cross
Monica Potter ... Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott ... Gary Soneji
Dylan Baker ... Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem ... Megan Rose
Anton Yelchin ... Dimitri Starodubov
Kim Hawthorne ... Agent Hickley
Jay O. Sanders ... Kyle Craig
Billy Burke ... Ben Devine
Michael Moriarty ... Senator Hank Rose
Penelope Ann Miller ... Elizabeth Rose
Anna Maria Horsford ... Vickie
Scott Heindl ... Floyd the Fisherman
Christopher Shyer ... Jim Gelway
Jill Teed ... Tracie Fisher


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A tangled web of danger and deceit... See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Alex Cross's handgun is a nickel-plated Sig-Sauer P226. Morgan Freeman also used this gun in his role as Alex Cross in Kiss The Girls. As compared to the novel, Cross has a Glock 17 for his sidearm. See more »


In one of the news broadcasts Megan is described as twelve years old, weighing fifty two pounds and measuring three feet and five inches tall. She is clearly much taller than this and almost certainly weighs more. Those measurements would be about right for an average six or seven year old girl. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Michael Wincott is listed as "Kichael Wincott" See more »


Follows Kiss the Girls (1997) See more »

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Speaking as one who hasn't read the book...
16 February 2002 | by mcquestionSee all my reviews

I must say this film was better than your average thriller to me. Call me stupid, that's just fine, but I didn't see the ending coming at all. Of course, it didn't hurt the film's stature to have Morgan Freeman back in the lead role, the guy doesn't seem to be able to make a bad film and is one of the most underappreciated actors of his time. Also, Michael Wincott is one hell of a great villain, as he has proved time and time again in The Crow and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, as well as this film. Monica Potter is indeed Julia Robert's clone, and that's not good in my eyes. I cannot stand Julia Roberts or any movie she has ever been in (I actually WATCHED My Best Friend's Wedding with my girlfriend in the theaters, and it was so bad even she couldn't watch it). All in all, I highly recommend this film as a modern day thriller. Yes, it has a few holes and gets bogged down a bit in the middle, but Freeman as always is a delight to watch and the film is about as good a thriller as you'll find in modern times. That's just one guy's opinion.

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Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along Came a Spider See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,712,407, 8 April 2001

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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