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)
Paul's thumbs and thumbnails look completely different when he is first examining the two "Novril" pills handed by Annie, and later in the film when he is crushing them to get to the powder inside. See more »
[Virginia and Buster are driving along the mountain road]
Well, this sure is fun.
[She later takes her hand and lovingly rubs Buster's leg]
Sheriff John T. 'Buster' McCain:
[Buster is sensing what's going on]
Virginia, when you're in this car, you're not my wife, you're my deputy.
[He takes her hand and puts it back on the steering wheel]
Well, this deputy would rather be home under the covers with the sheriff.
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King Sized adaptation by Goldman; superb Bates & Caan
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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