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 preferred to write on white, long-grained mimeo paper. Paper cut long-grained resists curling, especially after having been hammered on by manual typewriters, or the heavy ink of pens, or changing weather conditions. Likewise, the dust jackets on hardback books, and the covers of larger paperbacks, are often shortcut. Thus they tend to curl away from, instead of hugging the book. See more »
At the beginning of the movie when Paul finishes his book, a bottle of Moet et Chandon is shown chilling. At the end of the movie when he finishes and tells Annie he will need three things, she says the cigarette, matches, and Dom Perignon, which she pronounces incorrectly, but he concurs. See more »
The swearing, Paul. There, I said it.
The, uh, profanity bothers you?
It has no nobility.
These are slum kids, I was a slum kid. Everybody talks like that.
THEY DO NOT! What do you think I say when I go to the feedstore in town, "Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that F-in' pig feed, and ten pounds of that bitchly cow corn"? And the bank do I tell Mrs. Bollinger, "Oh, here's one big bastard of a check, give me some of your Christ-ing money?" THERE, LOOK THERE, SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!
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Misery has to be the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel. A close runner up is Stand By Me, but for suspense and tension that just gets tighter and tighter, watch Misery. Kathy Bates can go from nice and cheerful to downright crazy like someone turning on a light switch. While watching James Caan suffer through the torture that Bates puts him through, you can't help but sympathize with the guy. Rob Reiner presents us with the problem, and he slowly escalates the tension and the dread that creeps over the movie. Even though the book was different in the "hobbling" process, Annie Wilkes' method of hobbling still gives me the chills whenever I watch it.
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