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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$61,276,872 (USA)
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The typewriter lands upside down after Paul hits Annie with it, yet appears in the next shot right side up. See more »

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Annie Wilkes: No! Not my Misery! No, no, no! Not my Misery!
[Paul the grabs the typewriter and hits her violently in the head, causing that Annie's sleeve catches fire]
Annie Wilkes: No!
[Annie turns off the fire, moves the typewriter aside and gets up to grab Paul]
Annie Wilkes: I'm gonna kill you, you lying cocksucker!
[Paul gouges her eyes with his thumbs and hits her in the nose - Annie takes her gun and shoots Paul in the shoulder, then he jumps out of the wheelchair and attacks Annie]
Paul Sheldon: [Paul takes the burnt paper] You want it? You ...
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I'LL BE SEEING YOU
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Published by Williamson Music Company and Bienstock Publishing Company, on behalf of Redwood Music Limited
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King Sized adaptation by Goldman; superb Bates & Caan
11 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

MISERY (1990) *** Kathy Bates, James Caan, William Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall. Bates, perfectly cast as loony tune Annie Wilkes, won an Oscar for Best Actress as the self-proclaimed `#1 fan' of bodice-ripping novelist Caan, who finds himself in her web of horror after a car crash landing him in the snow engulfed remote home of his sociopathic, homicidal nurse who will not take no for an answer. William Goldman expertly adapts the Stephen King best seller with a few nice nasty turns here and there and Rob Reiner gives just enough gruesomeness (watch the sledgehammer scene a few times; you'll see what I mean) for frightful flavor.


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