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Needful Things (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama | Fantasy  -  27 August 1993 (USA)
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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.

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Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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Storyline

Leland Gaunt comes to Sheriff Alan Pangborn's pleasant little New England town, and opens a store. What this kindly Satan sells is whatever you need, from a surcease from pain to an object which you have always coveted. The Faustian price is, of course, corruption, and soon the poor sheriff's town is wracked by jealousy, spite, and violence. Written by Reid Gagle

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prank | sheriff | devil | desire | pain | See more »

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Now it's time to pay! See more »


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

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27 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Begærets butik  »

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$15,185,672 (USA)
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Sheriff Alan Pangborn, played here by Ed Harris, also appears in The Dark Half (1993), released earlier the same year, in which the part is played by Michael Rooker. See more »

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

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Leland Gaunt: When I started out I was just a peddler moving across the blind face of a distant land. Moving, always moving. Always gone... and in the end I'd always offer weapons. And they'd always take them. Of course I was gone before they realized what they'd purchased.
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The best King novel ruined.
13 October 1998 | by (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

This is by far my favourite Stephen King novel, and it was butchered. Almost nothing is like it was in the novel. The novel worked, so why change it? There were literally dozens of supporting characters cut out of the script that you cared about, and nobody had any character development. My recoMmendation, skip the movie, read the book. It's a masterpiece of dark comedy.


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