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'Spider' : Romance with a Passionate Bite

by  Carrie Rickey

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" is romance with a passionate bite - one of 1985’s outstanding movie experiences ... William Hurt in the performance of his career matched by his co-star Raul Julia, whose quietly powerful interpretation complements Hurt’s own chatty frailty ... it masterfully depicts the power movies exert in our lives by showing the way one movie empowers a weak spirit and enables a strong man to spiritually transcend his physical torture ...it restores one’s faith in movies, and restores one’s faith in the power of friendship.