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Misery -- Based on the novel by Stephen King.  Successful romantic novelist, Paul Sheldon, who just had his life saved by his No.1 fan...now lives to regret it.  When Ann Wilkes discovers that her favorite character, Misery Chastain, has been killed off in his latest novel she'll do anything to make sure he brings her back to life.  Now Paul Sheldon must write as if his life depended on it...because it does.

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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 November 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This Christmas there will be... Misery. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gripping... See more (310 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Paul Sheldon

Kathy Bates ... Annie Wilkes

Richard Farnsworth ... Buster

Frances Sternhagen ... Virginia

Lauren Bacall ... Marcia Sindell

Graham Jarvis ... Libby
Jerry Potter ... Pete
Thomas Brunelle ... Anchorman (as Tom Brunelle)

June Christopher ... Anchorwoman
Julie Payne ... Reporter #1

Archie Hahn ... Reporter #2 (as Archie Hahn III)
Gregory Snegoff ... Reporter #3
Wendy Bowers ... Waitress
Misery the Pig ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Michael Quinn ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Rob Reiner ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

J.T. Walsh ... State Trooper Sherman Douglas (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen King (novel "Misery")

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Steve Nicolaides .... co-producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Andrew Scheinman .... producer
Jeffrey Stott .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
 
Art Direction by
Mark W. Mansbridge  (as Mark Mansbridge)
 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judith Cory)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott)
Margaret E. Elliott .... makeup artist (as Margaret Elliott)
Bruce Spaulding Fuller .... special makeup effects artist (as Bruce S. Fuller)
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects artist
Rick Lalonde .... special makeup effects artist (as Rick LaLonde)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Steve Nicolaides .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Maguire .... first assistant director
Artist W. Robinson .... second second assistant director (as Artist Robinson)
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director (as Drew Rosenberg)
Barry Sonnenfeld .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Charles A. Carlsen .... propmaker
Charles A. Carlsen .... set dresser
Carl Cassara .... swing gang
Jody Gaber .... art department coordinator (as Jody Levine)
John Hoskins .... construction foreman
Gary Isbell .... swing gang
Jonas Kirk .... construction foreman (as C. Jonas Kirk)
Jerry Moss .... property master (as Gerald Moss)
Ken Peterson .... assistant property master
Curt Powley .... stand-by painter
Andrew Precht .... assistant art director
Ruth Pulido .... stand-by painter
Rob Rupple .... book cover illustrator
Marvin Salsberg .... construction coordinator
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Mark Woods .... lead man
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman: re-shoot (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman (uncredited)
John Root .... signwriter supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
George Baetz .... boom operator
Peter C. Barbour .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Ellen Decker Franklin .... apprentice sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gregg W. Landaker)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley recordist
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Donald J. Malouf .... supervising sound editor
Christian P. Minkler .... machine operator (as Chris Minkler)
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Quinn .... machine operator (as James Quinn)
Rod Rogers .... adr assistant
Larry Singer .... adr supervisor
Roger V. Stevenson .... cable person (as Roger Stevenson)
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeff Clark .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Tim Song Jones .... sound transferer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects supervisor
Hans Metz .... special effects
Ray Svedin .... special effects
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Paul Mejias .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
Steve Hart .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian W. Armstrong .... assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
M. Todd Henry .... camera operator
Steele Hunter .... grip
Kevin Kelley .... chief lighting technician
Gary B. Kibbe .... photographer: second unit (as Gary Kibbe)
John Lowry .... grip
Thomas Miligan .... assistant camera
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Walter Nichols .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dwayne Redlin .... best boy grip
Howard Rose .... additional assistant camera
Michele Singer .... special photographer
Daryl Smith .... lamp operator
Chris Squires .... additional camera operator
Mark Streapy .... additional assistant camera (as Mark R. Streapy)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... lamp operator (as Mike Van Woert)
Don Yamasaki .... lamp operator
Vincent Contarino .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
James M. Cox .... electrician (uncredited)
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jon L. Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Montoya .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Brennan Price .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Tama Takahashi .... steadicam 1st assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael Hirshenson .... casting associate
Jacqueline King .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Groeschel .... costumer
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Alan Edward Bell .... first assistant editor
Christy Dimmig .... post-production coordinator
Mary Morrisey .... assistant editor
Steven Nevius .... associate film editor (as Steve Nevius)
Arthur Tostado .... color timer (as Art Tostado)
Lois Trent-Bring .... negative cutter
 
Location Management
Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. .... location manager
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Dennis Dreith .... conductor
Dennis Dreith .... orchestrator
Bruce Fowler .... additional orchestrator
Chuck Garsha .... scoring crew
Hummie Mann .... additional orchestrator
Mo Morrisey .... assistant music editor
Scott Stambler .... supervising music editor
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James R. Brown .... production driver (as James Brown)
Russ Buckens .... production driver
Gary Cruise .... production driver
Brick Graham .... production driver
Kirk A. Holland .... transportation captain (as Kirk Holland)
Robert Hunter Jr. .... production driver (as Bob Hunter)
Ken Lubin .... production driver
Dennis McLaughlin .... production driver
Edward A. Powell .... production driver (as Ed Powell)
Tom Roberts .... production driver
Tim Roslan .... transportation coordinator
Timothy Sheehan .... production driver (as Tim Sheehan)
Troy Flynn .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wolfgang Bodison .... assistant: Rob Reiner
John Christensen .... production assistant
Gwen Clancy .... production assistant
Norris Coit .... production assistant
Leslie Cornyn .... post-production accountant
Pamela Cruise .... first aid (as Pam Cruise)
James Dean .... stand-in
James Deeth .... helicopter pilot (as Jim Deeth)
Linda Folsom .... production coordinator (as Linda Allan-Folsom)
Lou Anne Harrison .... production assistant
Alison Harstedt .... assistant accountant
Pam Jones .... assistant: Rob Reiner
K. Lenna Katich .... production accountant (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
David Keane .... assistant: James Caan
Madeleine Klein .... animal trainer (as Madeline Kline)
Suzanne Lutz .... production secretary
Jim Maguire .... production assistant
Alystar McKenneh .... stand-in
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Karen M. Murphy .... production assistant (as Karen Murphy)
Joseph Popelka .... production assistant (as Joseph G. Popelka)
Richard W. Scarpone .... craft service (as Rich Scarpone)
Michelle Selleck .... production assistant
Barbara W. Turman .... payroll clerk (as Barbara Turman)
Zelig Walters .... caterer (as Wally Walters)
Robin Warren .... production assistant
Katherine T. Wilson .... production secretary
Scott Mislan .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
William James Calder .... thanks (as James Calder)
David Morgan .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
107 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1991) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (Blu-Ray rating) (2012) | USA:R (No. 30773)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Blizzards are in Misery and The Shining, another Stephen King novel.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Marcia Sindell calls Buster up and asks if he has seen or heard anything about Paul Sheldon, he tells her that if he finds anything he will call her right back. Buster wouldn't be able to call her back because she did not give him her phone number, the firm she works for or where she is calling from.See more »
Quotes:
Annie Wilkes:When I was growing up in Bakersfield, my favourite thing in the whole world was to go to the movies on Saturday afternoons for the Chapter Plays.
Paul Sheldon:[nodding] Cliffhangers.
Annie Wilkes:[shouting] I know that, Mr. Man! They also called them serials. I'm not stupid ya know... Anyway, my favourite was Rocketman, and once it was a no breaks chapter. The bad guy stuck him in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death...
[...]
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MOONLIGHT SONATASee more »

FAQ

Is "Misery" based on a book?
What is 'Misery' about?
I'm confused about 'Misery's Child' and the book Annie makes Paul burn. Are they the same?
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128 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Gripping..., 5 July 2002
Author: Mike Furlong (goodfellamf) from Roy, Utah

Misery is a dark, but witty venture into Stephen King territory. It's about a popular novelist who crashes his car on a snowy mountain road and is rescued by a nurse who claims she is his number one fan. As the time goes by, he realizes she has no intention of letting him leave.

The film moves with a brisk, taut pace thanks to director Rob Reiner, who helmed another excellent Stephen King film, Stand By Me. Tension is kept mostly throughout (there are some predictable moments...but who cares?) And the performances are also a major plus. James Caan is very easy to empathize with, and he manages to keep his cynical sense of humor. Richard Farnsworth, as a grizzled sheriff was a nice addition to the film since his character didn't exist in the book. He also has a nice sense of humor, and he's the kind of guy who you want to root for. But the most amazing performance is from Kathy Bates, who treads a fine line alternating between sweet and lovable to amazingly evil. She won an Oscar for this movie, and whole-heartedly deserved it.

Side note: This is one of the few films which took an Oscar, that you can actually say the Academy had the guts to give out. Can anyone name another horror film which won such a notable prize?

ANyway...by the end, the novelist and the viewer or put through some torturous activity. We sometimes feel his pain, and it is so much fun to hate this woman................the book is excellent.....the movie is just as good in about 1/6th of the time it would take to read. Either way, enjoy!

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