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Needful Things -- 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.
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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (book)
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 August 1993 (USA) See more »
Now it's time to pay! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Fraser C. Heston 
Writing credits
Stephen King (book)

W.D. Richter (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Cummins .... producer
Gordon Mark .... associate producer
Peter Yates .... executive producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Tony Westman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rob Kobrin 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Production Design by
Douglas Higgins 
Art Direction by
Sheila Haley 
Set Decoration by
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre 
Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme 
Makeup Department
Imelda Bain-Partin .... assistant makeup artist
Ian C. Ballard .... hair stylist (as Ian Ballard)
Sandy Cooper .... makeup artist
Brian Dott .... assistant special effects makeup artist (as Bryan Dott)
Tibor Farkas .... special makeup effects artist
Melanie Hughes .... makeup artist: Ms. Bedelia
Kandace Loewen .... assistant hair stylist
Roxanne Wightman .... hair stylist: Ms. Bedelia (as Roxanne Yahyavi)
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stewart Bethune .... unit manager
Gordon Mark .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bonnie Benwick .... third assistant director
Matthew Blecha .... trainee assistant director
Anthony Brand .... first assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... second assistant director
Art Department
John G. Anderson .... construction buyer (as John Anderson)
Chris Bartleman .... storyboard artist
Wayne Berarducci .... carpenter
Jim Burrage .... set decoration buyer
Doug Carnegie .... set dresser
Dave Conway .... construction foreman
Ken Coulter .... carpenter
Philip N. Day .... carpenter (as Phil Day)
Ivar Dirikis .... carpenter
Al Gunn .... carpenter
Chris Hayward .... stand-by painter
Erich Hepnar .... lead greensman
Susan High .... painter
Jennifer Hill .... painter
Terry Jarretti .... carpenter (as Terry Jarrette)
Philip Jean .... carpenter (as Phil Jean)
Paul Jenkinson .... set dresser
Della Mae Johnston .... set dresser
Herminio Kam .... head scenic artist
John G. Kennedy .... on-set dresser (as John Kennedy)
Mike Kruger .... on-set props
Mark Lane .... assistant set decorator
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Philip Lunt .... best boy greens (as Phil Lunt)
Philip Morgan .... painter
Tony Moscovitch .... carpenter
Vivien Nishi .... art department trainee
Rick Patterson .... on-set dresser
Steve Pooley .... painter
Mike Rennison .... carpenter
Paul Rinaldi .... carpenter
Ron Robinson .... carpenter
David Rosychuk .... property buyer
Mike Shoring .... painter
Macleod Sinclaire .... set dresser (as MacLeod Sinclaire)
Dan Sissons .... property master
Nicholas Tattersfield .... carpenter (as Nick Tattersfield)
Ray Taylor .... carpenter
Elmar Theissen .... lead hand painter
Marke K. Walker .... carpenter (as Marke Walker)
Chris Wills .... stand-by carpenter
Don Yanko .... carpenter
Helen Jarvis .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Margo Kaczynska McKenzie .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Terry Weaver .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Dana Austin .... foley recordist (as Dana A. Johnson)
Eric Batut .... sound mixer
Matthew C. Beville .... sound recordist
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Mike Chock .... dialogue editor (as Michael Chock)
Mike Chock .... dialogue recordist (as Michael Chock)
Mike Chock .... sound editor
Valerie Davidson .... foley editor
Ezra Dweck .... foley mixer
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator
John Hulsman .... sound effects editor
Allen Hurd .... dubbing recordist (as J. Allen Hurd)
Doc Kane .... adr mixer (as 'Doc' Kane)
Eric Lindemann .... sound effects editor
Nina McPeek .... cableperson
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moreana)
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound effects editor
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Sheppard .... adr mixer
Charles Ewing Smith .... dialogue editor (as Chuck Smith)
Charles Ewing Smith .... dialogue recordist (as Chuck Smith)
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor
Chris Sparkes .... pdl
Ralph Stuart .... first assistant sound editor
Norval D. Crutcher III .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeffrey Butterworth .... assistant special effects
Steve Davis .... effectsman
Marty Huculiak .... effectsman
Gary Paller .... special effects coordinator
James Paradis .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Marc Akerstream .... stunts
Brett Armstrong .... stunts
Curt Bonn .... stunts
Jim Broyden .... stunts
Mike Crestejo .... stunts
Garvin Cross .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator
Irene Ferguson .... stunts
Yvette Ferguson .... stunts
Delaina-Lu Ganiskin .... stunts
Mike Godenir .... stunts
Gene Heck .... stunts
Marty Huculiak .... stunts
Gary Lokken .... stunts
David McKeown .... stunts (as Dave McKeown)
Rick Pearce .... stunts
Trish Schill .... stunts
Bill Stewart .... stunts
Rene Van Hullebush .... stunts
Rob Wilton .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Akester .... still photographer
Kevin Black .... grip
Ron Bowen .... grip
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Richard Buckmaster .... best boy electric (as Richard 'Bucky' Buckmaster)
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Julian Chojnacki .... Steadicam operator
Gavin B. Craig .... grip (as Gavin Craig)
Robert Creese .... focus puller
Paul Cunningham .... generator operator
Bruce Fletcher .... lamp operator
Gil Forrester .... dolly grip
Tom Gregg .... best boy grip
Einar Hansen .... rigging gaffer
Simon Hunt .... lamp operator
Carrie Laurin .... camera trainee
Doug Lavender .... camera loader
Duncan MacGregor .... gaffer
Armin Matter .... camera operator
James Alfred Menard .... second camera operator (as Jim Menard)
Bruce Murray .... lamp operator
Jeff Pentecost .... lamp operator
Steve Ringwood .... rigging grip
Michael Wrinch .... focus puller: second camera (as Mike Wrinch)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Jeff Geneau .... extras casting assistant
Donna Lyn Greenbaum .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Donnalyn Greenbaum)
William Haines .... casting associate: Vancouver (as Bill Haines)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debbie Douglas .... costume supervisor
Lori Kenny .... costume cutter (as Lori Kenney)
Christina Petford .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Monique Klauer .... assistant film editor: USA
Mark Lemmon .... assistant film editor: Canada
Mark Solomon .... first assistant editor: film
Location Management
Paul Barry .... location production assistant
Scott Harper .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
John Bell .... orchestrator
Dean Beville .... dubbing music editor
Tonia Davall .... music contractor
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Gavin Greenaway .... additional music arranger
Paul Hulme .... score mixer (as Paul Hume)
Paul Hulme .... score recordist (as Paul Hume)
Roy Prendergast .... scoring music editor
Roy Prendergast .... supervising music editor
Maggie Rodford .... scoring coordinator
David Snell .... conductor: orchestra
John Stronach .... dubbing music editor
John Stronach .... music supervisor
David Arch .... musician: piano/ Keyboards (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Colin Banner .... driver
Tom Evans .... driver
Raymond Fairchild .... transportation co-captain (as Ray Fairchild)
Dan Groseclose .... transportation captain
Tim Jonsson .... driver
Jack Lopatinsky .... driver
Curt Martell .... driver
John Martin .... driver
Gord McMillan .... driver
Sylvia Nablo .... transportation coordinator
Terry Noble .... driver
Bruce Scott .... driver
Dale Shaben .... driver
Sidney L. Tencarre .... driver (as Sid Tencarre)
Steve Woods .... driver
Other crew
Tony Angellotti .... publicist (as Angellotti)
Matt Bilski .... assistant: Mr. Cummins
Heather Boyd .... production coordinator
Alison Cannon .... assistant accountant (as Alison Belanger-Cannon)
Marian Ciolfitto .... assistant production coordinator
Christine Dore .... production assistant
Mark Dumas .... animal handler (as Mark Wiener)
Jamie Finn .... accounting clerk
Elaine Fleming .... production coordinator (as Elaine Flemming)
Gisele Fredette .... craft service (as Giselle Fredette)
Gisele Fredette .... first aid (as Giselle Fredette)
James Grant .... stand-in
Dave Hardon .... representative: Gastown Film Labs
Alison Harstedt .... production accountant
Marilyn Heston .... unit publicist
Jill Levy .... assistant: Mr. Heston
Lori Lombardo .... assistant: Mr. Cummins
Perry Marriott .... security officer
Althea McAdam .... stand-in
Lisa Meilen .... production assistant
Amanda Richards .... caterer
Heather Roscorla .... accounting clerk
Lynda Smith .... assistant production coordinator
Erik Strandgaard .... caterer
Andy Thoma .... stand-in
John Tucker .... security officer
Jacqueline Wechselberger .... assistant accountant (as Jacquie Wechselberger)
Murray Weissman .... publicist (as Weissman)
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Steve Wright .... helicopter pilot
Mark Isaac .... the producers wish to thank
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence and strong language
120 min | USA:183 min (TV version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #32447)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Brain Rusk throws apples at the windows of a house. There's a shot of the boy from inside the house and there are three small flowerpots visible on the window sill. When the apple smashes the window and knocks the pots off, the pots are different ones. One is much larger and the other is a glass jar.See more »
Danforth:Everybody that's got it coming is gonna get it now!See more »
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Ave MariaSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hell Breaks Loose in a Nice Place to Live and Grow, 21 March 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris) moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt (Max Von Sydow) 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.

"Needful Things" is a horror movie with black humor with a story of greed and evilness. Max Von Sydow has a great performance and his personification of evil is scary. There are interesting characters and situations and this movie is entertaining and surprisingly underrated. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Trocas Macabras" ("Macabre Exchanges")

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