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Misery (1990)

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Few days after being rescued and sheltered from a car crash caused by a blizzard by a nurse who claims to be his number one fan, a well-known author begins suspecting the mental health of his savior.



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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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30 November 1990 (USA)  »

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$61,276,872 (USA)

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According to William Goldman's book "Four Screenplays", the main character role, Paul Sheldon, was offered to William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, and Warren Beatty, all of whom declined. See more »


In two exterior shots of the house, one where Paul is writing and the other when he is sleeping, it shows Paul typing wearing a blue shirt (through the window ) even though he is wearing a red shirt in that scene. In the second exterior shot of the house, later on in the film, it shows that the light is on and Paul can be seen typing even though the light should be off and him being asleep. This reveals that instead of doing two different sequences of rain scenes, they just used the same one instead of both of them. Thus, it does not look like James Caan at all from the distance shown. See more »


Annie Wilkes: Oh forgive me Paul for prattling away and making everything all oogy.
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Kathy Bates Is a Sight to Behold
21 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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