After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

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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)

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This Christmas there will be... Misery. See more »

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30 November 1990 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,276,872 (USA)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Kathy Bates; and four Oscar nominees, James Caan, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall and Rob Reiner. See more »

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When Marcia Sindell calls Buster up and asks if he has seen or heard anything about Paul Sheldon, he tells her that if he finds anything he will call her right back. Buster wouldn't be able to call her back because she did not give him her phone number, the firm she works for or where she is calling from. See more »

Quotes

Paul Sheldon: The Sistine Chapel?
Annie Wilkes: YEEEAAAHHH! That and "Misery's Child", those are the only two divine things in this world!
[Annie chases her pet pig out of the room, then turns around and makes pig oink noises at Paul. Paul smiles thinly as she leaves, and he looks a little creeped out]
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Soundtracks

TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO #1
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Arranged by Liberace
Published by AVI Music Publishing Group
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Suspenseful!
4 February 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

Misery has to be the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel. A close runner up is Stand By Me, but for suspense and tension that just gets tighter and tighter, watch Misery. Kathy Bates can go from nice and cheerful to downright crazy like someone turning on a light switch. While watching James Caan suffer through the torture that Bates puts him through, you can't help but sympathize with the guy. Rob Reiner presents us with the problem, and he slowly escalates the tension and the dread that creeps over the movie. Even though the book was different in the "hobbling" process, Annie Wilkes' method of hobbling still gives me the chills whenever I watch it.


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