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Misery (1990)

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After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

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Rob Reiner

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Paul Sheldon
Kathy Bates ... Annie Wilkes
Richard Farnsworth ... Buster
Frances Sternhagen ... Virginia
Lauren Bacall ... Marcia Sindell
Graham Jarvis ... Libby
Jerry Potter Jerry Potter ... Pete
Thomas Brunelle Thomas Brunelle ... Anchorman (as Tom Brunelle)
June Christopher ... Anchorwoman
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Reporter #1
Archie Hahn ... Reporter #2 (as Archie Hahn III)
Gregory Snegoff ... Reporter #3
Wendy Bowers Wendy Bowers ... Waitress
Misery the Pig ... Herself
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Storyline

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... Written by Andrew Backhouse (andback74)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miseria See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,076,834, 2 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,276,872
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Carol Burnett was considered for the role of the agent, and Vicki Lawrence was considered for the role of Annie Wilkes. See more »

Goofs

In two exterior shots of the house, one where Paul is writing and the other when he is sleeping, it shows Paul typing wearing a blue shirt (through the window ) even though he is wearing a red shirt in that scene. In the second exterior shot of the house, later on in the film, it shows that the light is on and Paul can be seen typing even though the light should be off and him being asleep. This reveals that instead of doing two different sequences of rain scenes, they just used the same one instead of both of them. Thus, it does not look like James Caan at all from the distance shown. See more »

Quotes

Annie Wilkes: Now that's an oogie mess.
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Crazy Credits

Misery the Pig - Herself See more »

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SHOTGUN
Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (as Junior Walker & The Allstars)
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Written by Junior Walker (as Autry DeWalt)
Published by Stone Agate Music
A division of Jobete Music Co., Inc.
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King Sized adaptation by Goldman; superb Bates & Caan
11 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

MISERY (1990) *** Kathy Bates, James Caan, William Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall. Bates, perfectly cast as loony tune Annie Wilkes, won an Oscar for Best Actress as the self-proclaimed `#1 fan' of bodice-ripping novelist Caan, who finds himself in her web of horror after a car crash landing him in the snow engulfed remote home of his sociopathic, homicidal nurse who will not take no for an answer. William Goldman expertly adapts the Stephen King best seller with a few nice nasty turns here and there and Rob Reiner gives just enough gruesomeness (watch the sledgehammer scene a few times; you'll see what I mean) for frightful flavor.


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