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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:
A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Don't EVER have a Number 1 fan... See more (294 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
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)
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)
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
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After seeing The Shining (1980). Rob Reiner was immediately inspired to direct a movie based on a Stephen King novel.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Annie Wilkes:Here's your pills.
Paul Sheldon:Annie? Annie, what is it?
Annie Wilkes:The rain. Sometimes it gives me the blues. When you first came here, I only loved the writer part of Paul Sheldon. Now I know I love the rest of him, too. I know you don't love me, don't say you do. You're beautiful, brilliant, a famous man of the world and I'm... not a movie star type. You'll never know the fear of losing someone like you if you're someone like me.
Paul Sheldon:Why would you lose me?
Annie Wilkes:Book's almost finished, your legs are getting better. Soon you'll be wanting to leave.
Paul Sheldon:Why would I leave? I like it here.
Annie Wilkes:That's very kind of you, but I'll bet it's not all together true.
[pulls out a gun]
Annie Wilkes:I have this gun.
[pulls the trigger]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO #1See more »

FAQ

Did Annie cause Paul's accident?
When did Sheriff Buster start to suspect Annie?
How does the movie end?
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50 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Don't EVER have a Number 1 fan..., 7 January 2006
Author: sngbrd39 from US

Horror movies generally aren't my cup of tea, but people have always talked about how great Misery is. So I decided to give it a look when it came on TV today. All I can say is that I was definitely not disappointed; this was an amazing movie.

Misery is the story of writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan), who is driving through a snowstorm after just having finished his newest novel. The car crashes, and it seems that Paul will die, trapped in his car in the snow in a deserted forest, when he is rescued by a mysterious stranger. She turns out to be Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a former nurse who dresses his wounds and gives him a comfortable bed. In addition, it turns out that Annie is Paul's self-proclaimed Number 1 Fan. Specifically, she is obsessed with the Misery Chastain series, Paul's major claim to fame. Annie keeps Paul in an isolated room for days, then weeks, as the outside world searches for him. Eventually, when Annie objects to the content of Paul's latest manuscript, and when she has a hysterical reaction to the death of Misery in the latest novel, Paul (and the audience) come to see that there may be something wrong with Annie.

Caan and Bates were absolutely stunning in their performances. The vast majority of this movie focused on them, so it was crucial that they both be able to convey the sense that something horrific was going on. It was no surprise that Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her role. Everything in this movie really worked to show just how trapped Paul was, and how hopeless his situation seemed. And of course, this movie left a few indelible images in the mind. (One in particular comes to mind, and I really wish that I hadn't seen that scene previously on some other TV show; that almost took away from the impact of seeing it in context.) So, if you are a fan of suspenseful fare, or you just want to see a horror movie (mostly) sans blood and guts, Misery is for you. You will never, ever want to hear anyone say that they're a fan of yours again.

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