MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,100 this week

Needful Things (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  27 August 1993 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 15,080 users  
Reviews: 84 user | 41 critic

A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director:

(as Fraser C. Heston)

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 02 Aug 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 24 Nov 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Needful Things" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Needful Things (1993)

Needful Things (1993) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Needful Things.

User Polls

1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Tommyknockers (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates.

Stars: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton
The Dark Half (1993)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A writer's fictional alter-ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker
Thinner (1996)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director: Mark Pavia
Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan
Sometimes They Come Back (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler
Storm of the Century (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Horror | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives ... See full summary »

Stars: Becky Ann Baker, Kathleen Chalfant, Adam Zolotin
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer
Silver Bullet (1985)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story.

Director: Daniel Attias
Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige
Cujo (1983)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro
The Stand (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
...
...
...
Nettie Cobb
...
...
...
Valri Bromfield ...
...
...
Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
...
Campbell Lane ...
Eric Schneider ...
Frank C. Turner ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt opens the store Needful Things, he seems to have the object of desire for each dweller. He charges small amounts to the things but requests a practical joke for each of them against another inhabitant. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and Sheriff Pangborn discovers that Leland Gaunt is the devil himself. Further, Gaunt is manipulating the population like puppets exploring the weakness and greed of each person. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The town of Castle Rock just made a deal with the Devil... Now it's time to pay! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Begærets butik  »

Box Office

Gross:

$15,185,672 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'Buster' Keeton kills his wife with an Estwing framing hammer, easily noticed with its all-metal, one-piece construction. See more »

Goofs

When Danforth "Buster" Keaton grabs Norris Ridgewick's ears in the police station, he yells, but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Leland Gaunt: Oh. You know, there are days I really hate this job. This is not my best work, not by a long shot. Oh, sure, a few murders and a couple of rather lovely explosions. I would hardly call it a rousing success, but what the hell? I'll be back. In the meantime, you and Polly, you are two terrific kids, and you'll marry her. Trust me. She's a lovely girl, Alan. You'll have a wonderful family. Oh, by the way, give my regards to your grandson. Bob will be his name, International Trade his game. I'll ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VIII (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Reg Powell
Performed by Nicole Tibbels
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Could have been better, could have been worse
20 August 2006 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

"Needful Things" is a typical mediocre Stephen King adaptation. The drawn out book itself isn't among King's best work. Still, the fascination of the story lies in the detail and that had to be trimmed down for a 2 hours-movie version (there is another cut of the movie that's one hour longer, by the way). A lot of things had to be kicked out, but there was way too much changing around of events, items and characters. Ace Merril, a very important character for the novel's big finale, was ignored completely, for instance. I could understand things like that if they improved the movie. Kubrick made a lot of changes with his version of "Shining" and at least one could see why. With "Needful Things" the changes seem totally random and that's rather annoying for someone who has read the book.

If you don't know the story beforehand the movie will probably still seem rushed. You can't really make a connection with the many characters and Sheriff Alan Pangborn finding out what's going on in the town seems unbelievable. It didn't really work in the book, but in the movie it's just stupid that he would draw such far fetched conclusions so quickly.

The acting, on the other hand, is solid. Max von Sydow is a good choice for the part of Leland Gaunt, and Ed Harris is great as ever, although he has to work with a rather mediocre script. The sidecharacters are okay for the most part, even though Polly Chalmers and Wilma Jerzyck are maybe exaggerated.

Unlike a lot of latter King adaptations this one seems to have been made with a decent budget. The locations look good and there are a few nice special effects. At times the explosions and the score can be too much, though. It's as if director Fraser Clarke Heston realized his movie wasn't turning out as exciting as he hoped, so he decided to blow it up with some dramatic music and fire.

Well, as I've said in the headline. This movie could have been a lot better, but it could also have been a complete failure. As it is, it's good for one viewing but if you've read the novel you're going to be disappointed.


33 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One of the worst movies I have ever seen! aj-1985
Max von Sydow - Greatest Actor Ever ss_xfp
Flagg/Leland Gaunt soggytwinkies
Alan Pangborn is a Gunslinger... kind of TopBoost
Region 2 DVD? mjj24_2002
This would make an excellent television series Mister_Scratch
Discuss Needful Things (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?