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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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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)  »

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Begærets butik  »

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$15,185,672 (USA)
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Bonnie Bedelia previously appeared in "Salem's Lot (1979)(TV)', which was also based on a 'Stephen King' novel, and was also about a mysterious stranger who moves into a small town and opens an antique shop. That film also featured two actors (James Mason and Clarissa Kaye-Mason) who were a real-life husband and wife, as does this film (Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount). They also both featured an actor whose spouse appeared in another film featuring the same characters. Julie Cobb appeared in Salem's Lot, which her husband James Cromwell appeared in the remake in 2004. Ed Harris's character previously appeared in The Dark Half (1993), which featured his wife, Amy Madigan. See more »

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In the first scene with the Mercedes-Benz 300 old-timer, the (brake) lights of the filming car is visible in the chrome of the bumper. See more »

Quotes

Father Meehan: If there's a devil in this town, it's that damned Reverend Willie Rose!
Alan: You believe me now, Father? You still think he's a decent man? The Devil just blew up your damn church!
Father Meehan: That's not the Devil. It's those God-damned Baptists!
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Featured in Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater: Viki Williamson Night (1995) See more »

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Great Balls Of Fire
Written by Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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An entertaining film.
20 January 2000 | by (UK) – 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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