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The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000)
The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery is a 2000 made-for-television film based on the 1953 novel by Rex Stout. Set in 1950s Manhattan, the A Network production stars Maury Chaykin as the heavyweight detective genius Nero Wolfe, and Timothy Hutton as Wolfe's assistant, Archie Goodwin, narrator of the Nero Wolfe stories. Veteran screenwriter Paul Monash adapted the 1953 novel by Rex Stout; Bill Duke directed. When it first aired on the A Network March 5, 2000, The Golden Spiders was seen in 3.2 million homes, making it the fourth most-watched A original movie ever. Its success led to the A original series, A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002). The voice of Archie Goodwin (Timothy Hutton) introduces us to the seventh-of-a-ton master sleuth Nero Wolfe (Maury Chaykin) — "a man who thinks he's the world's greatest detective. Truth being, he is." Wolfe lives in an opulent Manhattan brownstone on West 35th Street, where he enjoys reading, the cultivation of rare orchids, beer, and fine food prepared by his resident chef, Fritz Brenner (Colin Fox).