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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)
Warren Beatty, Robert de Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino and Robert Redford all turned down the role of Paul Sheldon. See more »
Annie tells Paul she needs to leave or she might put bullets in her gun. It is raining heavily. But as Annie walks outside, her hair is already visibly wet. This would indicate the scene was shot repeatedly. See more »
[Annie has just read Paul's latest novel]
YOU! YOU DIRTY BIRD, HOW COULD YOU!
She can't be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN CANNOT BE DEAD!
Annie, in 1871, women often died during childbirth. But her SPIRIT is the important thing, and Misery's spirit is still alive.
I DON'T WANT HER SPIRIT! I WANT HER! AND YOU MURDERED HER!
No... I didn't.
No one! She... she died! She just slipped away!
SLIPPED AWAY! SLIPPED AWAY? SHE DIDN'T JUST SLIP AWAY! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU MURDERED MY...
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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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