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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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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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Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now, he's writing to stay alive. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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James Caan and Kathy Bates clashed over their acting methods. Caan believed in as little rehearsal as possible. Bates, with her theater background, was used to practicing a lot. When she commented to Rob Reiner that Caan was not attempting to relate or listen to her, Reiner told her to use that frustration toward her character. See more »

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In the montage of shots indicating Paul's vast progress in the novel, we see a few shots of him writing the same paragraph over and over again, which begins, "for three days and three nights, Misery..." The same line appears again when Paul is typing the final chapter near the end. See more »

Quotes

Paul Sheldon: [Paul is trying to use his "key" to unlock the door of his room] Come on, you've written about this. Now, do it.
Paul Sheldon: [the "key" unlocks the door and he opens it] What do you know? It actually works.
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Misery the Pig - Herself See more »

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Referenced in Limitless: When Pirates Pirate Pirates (2015) 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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Perfect performances by Bates and Caan
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Based on the novel by him, 'Misery' is a real Stephen King film. It is a drama film, but also a thriller and sometimes even a horror. In one scene the horror is very clear, you will know what scene I mean.

Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) gets in a car accident. He is helped by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) who claims she is his number one fan. In his latest novel Sheldon has killed the favorite character of Annie making her a little mad. She keeps Sheldon in her home; he has to bring the character back to life in his next novel.

Bates, who won an Oscar, is terrific as Annie, one of her finest performances. James Caan who is in bed or a wheelchair most of the film is very convincing. The room he is living in is one of those spaces in the movies you will not forget very soon. Directed by Rob Reiner this is a great film, although it could be a bit slow for some from time to time.


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