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Misery (1990)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  30 November 1990 (USA)
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Paul Sheldon, a successful novelist, is rescued after a snow storm by his "Number One Fan" and must rewrite his latest novel to her liking in order to stay alive.

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,276,872 (USA)
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According to the director Rob Reiner, Annie Wilkes' killing spree is loosely based on that of Genene Jones, a nurse who is believed to have killed as many as 50 children who were in her care over a two-year period. See more »

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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 »

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Virginia McCain: [teasing Buster about a fake affair as she looks through the new Misery books] Well, whoever she is, she sure likes to read a lot.
Sheriff John T. 'Buster' McCain: Virginia, I'm flattered that you think I have that kind of energy. I figure that if I can't find Paul Sheldon, at least I'll find out what he wrote about.
Virginia McCain: Well, what do you expect to find? A story about a guy who drove his car off a cliff in a snowstorm?
Sheriff John T. 'Buster' McCain: You see, it's just that kind of sarcasm that's given our marriage real spice.
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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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