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)... Written by
Andrew Backhouse (andback74)
The character played by Frances Sternhagen was created entirely for the film and was not in the novel. See more »
Annie tells Paul she needs to leave or she might put bullets in her gun. It is raining heavily. But as Annie walks outside, her hair is already visibly wet. This would indicate the scene was shot repeatedly. See more »
[Virginia and Buster are driving along the mountain road]
Well, this sure is fun.
[She later takes her hand and lovingly rubs Buster's leg]
Sheriff John T. 'Buster' McCain:
[Buster is sensing what's going on]
Virginia, when you're in this car, you're not my wife, you're my deputy.
[He takes her hand and puts it back on the steering wheel]
Well, this deputy would rather be home under the covers with the sheriff.
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Performed by Liberace
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Written by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
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"Misery" is one of those films that over-achieves. The material is not very good, the plot is somewhat thin, and most of the characters are one-dimensional. However, with that said Kathy Bates takes the material and runs with it all the way to the bank. This film made her a household name and provided her with a Best Actress Oscar in 1990. She stars as a crazed fan who cares for author James Caan after he's involved in a near-fatal auto accident in the middle of nowhere. Quickly her mood goes from cheerful to downright frightening when she learns that Caan's fictional heroine "Misery" will die in his newest novel. Caan's character is not very well developed and this somewhat stalls the film, but it really does not matter because of Bates's performance. All in all, "Misery" is one of Stephen King's novels that actually plays well on film. If Bates were taken away, I am not sure how this film would fare. Thank goodness we do not have to find out. 4 out of 5 stars
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