A whodunit about whodunit authors, THE SPIDER AND THE FLY moves fast, as if it doesn't want you to see beyond its convoluted plot.
At a screening of a movie written by rival author Dianna Taylor (Mel Harris), Michael Moore (Ted Shackelford) insults both Dianna and her publisher, Irwin Stroud (Kenneth Welsh). Later, after bonding for a day, the authors challenge each other to design the perfect murder. The next day, a
detective arrests Moore for Stroud's murder. As Moore declares he's been framed, Dianna walks in--along with Stroud, Stroud's wife Helen (Peggy Lipton), and his mistress and co-editor Blair (Cynthia Belliveau)--to let Moore know he's been hoaxed....