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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 »
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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 »
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Perfect performances by Bates and Caan See more (308 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
 
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)
Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. .... location manager
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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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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Trivia:
A video of When Harry Met Sally... (1989) (also directed by Rob Reiner) is visible in the general store.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Buster reads one of the "Dragon Lady" articles in the library, under the picture it says, "...There is a higher justice than that of man, I will be judged by Him." In the close-up shot, the mistake is corrected and now says, "...There is a justice higher than that of man, I will be judged by Him."See more »
Quotes:
Annie Wilkes:The swearing, Paul. There, I said it.
Paul Sheldon:The, uh, profanity bothers you?
Annie Wilkes:It has no nobility.
Paul Sheldon:These are slum kids, I was a slum kid. Everybody talks like that.
Annie Wilkes:THEY DO NOT! What do you think I say when I go to the feedstore in town, "Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that F-in' pig feed, and ten pounds of that bitchly cow corn"? And the bank do I tell Mrs. Bollinger, "Oh, here's one big bastard of a check, give me some of your Christ-ing money?" THERE, LOOK THERE, SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rock and Roll Fantasy (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
LOVE CONNECTIONSee more »

FAQ

Does Stephen King have a cameo?
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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99 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Perfect performances by Bates and Caan, 7 May 2003
Author: rbverhoef (rbverhoef@hotmail.com) from The Hague, Netherlands

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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