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Needful Things (1993)

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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Deputy Norris Ridgewick
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Hugh Priest
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Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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Reverend Rose
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Frank Jewett
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Henry Beaufort
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Myrtle Keeton
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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

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,202,478, 29 August 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,185,672
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Trivia

In the film, Hugh Priest buys Gaunt a football jacket while, in the novel, he buys a fox's tail just like the one he used to fix to the car's aerial. If you look closely, the tail is visible during the flashback scene, just when Hugh tries the jacket in the store. See more »

Goofs

When Brian Rusk takes the box of apples to the Jerzyk farm, there is a purple liner under the apples. The liner is gone in the next shot of the inside of the box. See more »

Quotes

Leland Gaunt: SHOOT THEM!
[Alan Pangborn fires his pistol in the air instead]
Leland Gaunt: OH YOU WUSSY!
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Referenced in The Night Flier (1997) See more »

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My Favourite Things
Written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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An entertaining film.
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have never read the King novel 'Needful Things' and so can't compare it with this film one way or the other.

But this film, about a mysterious character who sets up a shop in which local residents find various treasures and are then tricked into perpetrating horrors against their neighbours, is entertaining and contains some good characters and marvelously black comedy. Though there are a few cheesy moments (like that ridiculous model which is supposed to represent a skinned dog), the film is still a winner. Max Von Sydow is good as the literally devilish owner of the Needful Things store and the climax is nicely-done.


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