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Misery (1990)

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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Paul Sheldon
... Annie Wilkes
... Buster
... Virginia
... Marcia Sindell
... Libby
Jerry Potter ... Pete
Thomas Brunelle ... Anchorman (as Tom Brunelle)
... Anchorwoman
Julie Payne ... Reporter #1
... Reporter #2 (as Archie Hahn III)
... Reporter #3
Wendy Bowers ... Waitress
... Herself
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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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This Christmas there will be... Misery. See more »

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30 November 1990 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Anjelica Huston was offered the role of Annie Wilkes, and was interested, but was unable to accept it, due to her commitment to The Grifters (1990). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when main character drinks champagne and lights a cigarette, you can see a patch of matchbox material glued to his thumb, when he lights a match with his finger. See more »

Quotes

Annie Wilkes: MISERY IS ALIVE, MISERY IS ALIVE! OH, This whole house is going to be full of romance, OOOH, I AM GOING TO PUT ON MY LIBERACE RECORDS!
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Misery the Pig - Herself See more »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

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TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO #1
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Arranged by Liberace
Published by AVI Music Publishing Group
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King Sized adaptation by Goldman; superb Bates & Caan
11 April 2003 | by See 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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