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Misery

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Plot

A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.8/10 (60,708 voted)

Director:
Rob Reiner

Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth

Storyline
Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)…

Writers: Stephen King, William Goldman

Cast:

James Caan

Paul Sheldon


Kathy Bates

Annie Wilkes


Richard Farnsworth

Buster


Frances Sternhagen

Virginia


Lauren Bacall

Marcia Sindell


Graham Jarvis

Libby


Jerry Potter

Pete


Thomas Brunelle

Anchorman

(as Tom Brunelle)


June Christopher

Anchorwoman


Julie Payne

Reporter #1


Archie Hahn

Reporter #2

(as Archie Hahn III)


Gregory Snegoff

Reporter #3


Wendy Bowers

Waitress


Misery the Pig

Herself

Taglines:
The Tide Has Come.

Release Date: 30 November 1990

Filming Locations: California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,076,834
(USA)
(2 December 1990)
(1244 Screens)

Gross: $61,276,872
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

One of Stephen King's first typewriters had a malfunctioning "N" key, just like the one used by James Caan in the movie.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
In the scrapbook paragraphs in many of the clippings are repeated several times.

Quotes:

Annie Wilkes:
I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan.



User Review

Gripping…

Rating:

Misery is a dark, but witty venture into Stephen King territory. It's
about
a popular novelist who crashes his car on a snowy mountain road and is
rescued by a nurse who claims she is his number one fan. As the time
goes
by, he realizes she has no intention of letting him leave.

The film moves with a brisk, taut pace thanks to director Rob Reiner,
who
helmed another excellent Stephen King film, Stand By Me. Tension is
kept
mostly throughout (there are some predictable moments…but who cares?)
And
the performances are also a major plus. James Caan is very easy to
empathize with, and he manages to keep his cynical sense of humor.
Richard
Farnsworth, as a grizzled sheriff was a nice addition to the film since
his
character didn't exist in the book. He also has a nice sense of humor,
and
he's the kind of guy who you want to root for. But the most amazing
performance is from Kathy Bates, who treads a fine line alternating
between
sweet and lovable to amazingly evil. She won an Oscar for this movie,
and
whole-heartedly deserved it.

Side note: This is one of the few films which took an Oscar, that you
can
actually say the Academy had the guts to give out. Can anyone name
another
horror film which won such a notable prize?

ANyway…by the end, the novelist and the viewer or put through some
torturous activity. We sometimes feel his pain, and it is so much fun
to
hate this woman…………….the book is excellent…..the movie is
just
as good in about 1/6th of the time it would take to read. Either way,
enjoy!