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Needful Things (1993)

R  |   |  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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Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
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Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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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

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The town of Castle Rock just made a deal with the Devil... 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)  »

Also Known As:

Begærets butik  »

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$15,185,672 (USA)
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'Buster' Keeton kills his wife with an Estwing framing hammer, easily noticed with its all-metal, one-piece construction. See more »

Goofs

One man buys a first edition, signed copy of "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. In later scenes, he and the little girl who stole it refer to the title as "Huck Finn" by Mark Twain. In the video and DVD release, his words are dubbed over to correct the mistake. On the television broadcast, the mistake was not corrected. This is an audio mismatch and a continuity error, depending on which version you saw. See more »

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Leland Gaunt: Don't be afraid of it, Hugh. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
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Referenced in The Night Flier (1997) See more »

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Faust revisited
1 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that this film is based on yet another Stephen King novel, it is worth watching -- especially for the performance by Max von Sydow as the "old boy himself."

I watched the "director's cut" once on TV that had many scenes in it which were cut from the theatrical version. None of the restored scenes was especially good. It is interesting to note that practically every moment of Max von Sydow's performance is in both versions. He holds the screen with every sly look, every smooth utterance. He is a true joy to watch in this retelling of the Fause legend. It proves what a wonderful actor he is -- he has played Jesus (THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD), Ming the Merciless (FLASH GORDON), and many other parts. Playing the Devil allows him to chew the scenery in grand style.


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