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Needful Things (1993) Poster

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The setting of Needful Things is a fictional town called Castle Rock, Maine - as in Stephen King's novel. The distribution company Castle Rock was named after it when it released Stand by Me (1986). Castle Rock was also the setting for The Dead Zone (1983), Cujo (1983), and The Dark Half (1993).
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Stephen King's original novel also featured a return appearance by Ace Merrill, the bully played by Kiefer Sutherland in Stand by Me (1986).
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This was the feature film debut for director Fraser Clarke Heston, who had played the infant Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956). During the filming, he took Max von Sydow (who played Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)) aside to discuss how he would play the upcoming scene. One observer noted, "That's something you don't see every day - Moses telling Jesus how to play the devil."
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.
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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.
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Brian Rusk's mother appears in the longer, 3 hours version. In her sidestory she purchases sun glasses worn by Elvis Presley. She can still be seen in the cut version of the movie at the end wearing the sun glasses.
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'Buster' Keeton kills his wife with an Estwing framing hammer, easily noticed with its all-metal, one-piece construction.
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For its release in Germany the film's title was changed to "In einer kleinen Stadt", meaning "In A Small Town". This title was also used for the German version of the novel.
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For its release in Spain the film's title was just "La Tienda", but in Argentina it was "La Tienda de los deseos malignos", which translates to "The Shop of Evil Desires".
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