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Misery (1990)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  30 November 1990 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Potter ...
Thomas Brunelle ...
Anchorman (as Tom Brunelle)
Julie Payne ...
Reporter #1
Reporter #2 (as Archie Hahn III)
Gregory Snegoff ...
Reporter #3
Wendy Bowers ...
Misery the Pig ...


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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Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now, he's writing to stay alive. See more »




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30 November 1990 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$61,276,872 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The "guy who went mad in a hotel nearby" is a reference to The Shining (1980), also based on a novel written by Stephen King. See more »


During the dinner scene, the penguin figurine that Paul replace facing the wrong direction can be seen facing the right way, even though this is before Annie confronts him about it. However, Annie discovered the misplaced figurine long before this, probably the day it happened. During the hobbling scene, she tells Paul that she knows he's been out of his room twice. It's never explicitly said how she knows about the second time, but likely she discovered that the knife was missing. See more »


Virginia McCain: We got a phone call? Busy morning.
Sheriff John T. 'Buster' McCain: Yeah. Work, work, work.
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Misery the Pig - Herself See more »


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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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