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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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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Miseria  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,276,872 (USA)
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Adapted to a play which opened on Broadway in 2015. It stars Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf. See more »

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Annie tells Paul she got the typewriter because it has no "N"; in one of the first scenes where he's typing, there is clearly an "n" in his writing, at the end of the movie, there is no "n". See more »

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Virginia McCain: [Virginia and Buster are driving along the mountain road]
[Sarcastically]
Virginia McCain: 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]
Virginia McCain: [Sarcastically] Well, this deputy would rather be home under the covers with the sheriff.
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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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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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Perfect performances by Bates and Caan
7 May 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Based on the novel by him, 'Misery' is a real Stephen King film. It is a drama film, but also a thriller and sometimes even a horror. In one scene the horror is very clear, you will know what scene I mean.

Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) gets in a car accident. He is helped by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) who claims she is his number one fan. In his latest novel Sheldon has killed the favorite character of Annie making her a little mad. She keeps Sheldon in her home; he has to bring the character back to life in his next novel.

Bates, who won an Oscar, is terrific as Annie, one of her finest performances. James Caan who is in bed or a wheelchair most of the film is very convincing. The room he is living in is one of those spaces in the movies you will not forget very soon. Directed by Rob Reiner this is a great film, although it could be a bit slow for some from time to time.


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