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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Trivia

"Misery" was almost turned into a Broadway play, with Julia Roberts as Annie Wilkes. King vetoed the idea because Annie is (in his words) "a brawny woman who can sling a guy around, not a pixie." See more »

Goofs

Buster's wife Virginia was curious to know why Buster was in such a 'hurrying' kind of mood when looking for the Post-it note with the quote from Paul's book. He finds the note and gets into his truck and heads to Annie's house. It is seen that it is still daylight outside just after Annie shoots. A minute later, Paul is seen in the writing studio again, and it appears to be night time, so that means several hours have passed. But wouldn't Buster's wife be suspicious if he had been gone so long and maybe send some people to go and look for him? See more »

Quotes

[Annie has just read Paul's latest novel]
Annie Wilkes: YOU! YOU DIRTY BIRD, HOW COULD YOU!
Paul Sheldon: What?
Annie Wilkes: She can't be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN CANNOT BE DEAD!
Paul Sheldon: Annie, in 1871, women often died during childbirth. But her SPIRIT is the important thing, and Misery's spirit is still alive.
Annie Wilkes: I DON'T WANT HER SPIRIT! I WANT HER! AND YOU MURDERED HER!
Paul Sheldon: No... I didn't.
Annie Wilkes: WHO DID?
Paul Sheldon: No one! She... she died! She just slipped away!
Annie Wilkes: 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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Referenced in 20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 1: Movie Monsters (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

MOONLIGHT SONATA
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Arranged by Liberace
Published by AVI Music Publishing Group
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Suspenseful!
4 February 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

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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