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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An entertaining, very well acted and intelligent thriller. See more (296 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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Runtime:
107 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [J.T. Walsh]State of Colorado Police Chief.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Paul gets the knife, an exterior shot of Annie's house is shown and her Jeep is already parked next to the house, even though in a later shot her headlights flash through Paul's window as Annie pulls up to her house.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Sheldon:You know I never tasted meatloaf quite like this, what's your secret?
Annie Wilkes:My secret is, I always use fresh tomatoes, never canned. And to give it that extra zip, I mix a little Spam with the ground beef!
Paul Sheldon:Can't get this in a restaurant in New York.
Annie Wilkes:Oh, no.
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Movie Connections:
References King of the Rocket Men (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
LOVE CONNECTIONSee more »

FAQ

I'm confused about 'Misery's Child' and the book Annie makes Paul burn. Are they the same?
Does Stephen King have a cameo?
Is "Misery" based on a book?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining, very well acted and intelligent thriller., 30 December 2000
Author: ngalliani from Ontario, Canada

Successfully adapting a good book into a movie is not easy. There are numerous reasons why this is a hard task, one of which is the Hollywood rule of movie adaptations that suggests the following:Many bad books make great movies,but most great books make bad movies. This is true for most movies but MISERY is a definite exception.

MISERY is the story of a writer being rescued by his number one fan who he soon discovers is a psycho. It's a simple but effective premise and one which grabs us from the start and doesn't let go until the very end. The movie is all the more frightening when one considers that it could actually happen.

It's very good when judged on its own, but is also one of the best Stephen King adaptations.

The acting is the primary reason why the film succeeds. Kathy Bates is amazing in her ability to switch moods in an instant. "You better pray that I'm in a good mood. Because if I die,you die,"she says. And we don't doubt her for a second. She's so convincingly able to change emotions that we never know whether she's entering with a bowl of soup in her hand or a sludge hammer. It's this unpredictability that keeps the movie going. When the script calls for her to go over the top we realize that virtually no other actress could do what she does here. Hence the Oscar. It's a tricky performance because one misstep and it becomes ridiculous. But it works. And with Annie Wilkes, Kathy Bates has given movie history one of its scariest villains. As the bed ridden writer, James Caan does a good job as well. Although there isn't perhaps as much empathy as in the book,he still has some fine moments where we sympathize entirely with him. The supporting actors are fun to watch, although they aren't given much screen time. They don't need to because the film is basically a two person picture.

The tension between the two characters is sustained nicely throughout. There are times when Paul hates Annie or Annie hates Paul and there's irony in that they both are dependent on each other(Paul needs her to stay alive and Annie needs him to write the new book for her) even if Paul's reason is the more logical of the two. It's basically a battle of wits the entire film.

Although it is a horror film,the terror is gradual. The entire movie plays around the notion that we never quite know what Wilkes is thinking or what mood she's in. It's ingenious the way certain scenes are built up and then simmer down, while others seem calm and then explode.

Another part of the film's effectiveness lies is its ability to create sympathy for Caan's character. During the hobbling scene(which is by far the film's most memorable)the audience's sympathy is pushed to the extreme. Although very painful to watch, I found this to be the best scene in the film. We are allowed to experience Wilkes' psychotic behaviour at its scariest. It becomes clear that she will not let Sheldon go and wants no one else to have him. The entire development,build up and pay off of this scene is remarkable.

This is a change of pace for Rob Reiner,but he does a nice job,demonstrating his considerable range as a director. He handles it with a certain smoothness that feels right for the movie. The camera work employed here is excellent. Some shots in particular such as having the camera placed in the bed staring directly at the door,help to create moments of claustrophobic suspense. The stark cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld is also good,especially in the night scenes. They're lit in such a way that even a closed door looks scary.

There are also also moments of dark humor which are enjoyable. One scene has Annie,extremely excited about the new novel, asking Paul if he likes Liberace. He pauses for just a second,considering Annie will most likely go crazy if he says no,before replying correctly. He and we both know better.

The build up to the end is very well done. In fact it's only during the slasher inspired finale that MISERY dips a bit. That's not to say it's horrible. To the contrary, it's quite exciting, as Sheldon finally fights back against his captor. It's the part after this that is somewhat annoying due to it abruptly cutting from a character being in one location to an entirely different one without any explanation of how they got there. One would've been nice but this doesn't detract from the movie's enjoyment. In fact there are almost no lags in all of the film's running time. Not one wasted scene is to be found. Everything propels one scene to the next like it should. We, like Paul, are constantly on the edge of our seat (or bed, in his case).

MISERY doesn't contain many surprises, since we pretty much know what to expect in terms of how it will all end but it does have its share of chills. But the best thing about this movie is its staying power. It remains fresh when you see it again and again. Indeed, MISERY will stay with you for a long while after it's over. A testament to the nail biting story and an unforgettable performance by Kathy Bates.

Rating: **** out of *****



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