Spider (Ralph Fiennes) is a strange and fragile character... having experienced such a traumatic childhood, which resulted in spending a long time in a mental institution, he returns to the streets of the East End of London where he grew up. The sights, sounds and the smells of those streets begin to awaken the deeply buried memories of his childhood. At the centre of these memories is the great trauma of losing his mother (Miranda Richardson )... Spider believes that his father, Bill Cleg (Gabriel Byrne), murdered her so that he could move a prostitute into the house in her place. As Spider claws through the falsehoods he has woven around himself, he finally begins to arrive at the truth of his life and his mother's death... The truth, which will take him to the very limits of his faltering sanity...Spider, a supremely moving portrait of one man's struggle.
- Spider review by CP Customer
Powerful perfomances from an excellent cast. The story centres around Ralph Fiennes charcater, Spider, who has been released into the community having spent a long time in care. OK but not excellent, as the story plods at times.
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Foolishly, I watched it to its dreary conclusion.
- Spider review by DW
The opening credits were fine but it went downhill from then on. Slow, plodding, some poor acting, little better than a poor made-for TV experience.
The screenplay was by the author of his book in the same name; the book gets some good reviews but it is obviously not a successful transfer to the screen.
Why do people bother to produce this sort of old tosh?