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.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
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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 ... Self
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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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Drama | Thriller

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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 »

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Annie Wilkes: No! Not my Misery! No, no, no! Not my Misery!
[Paul the grabs the typewriter and hits her violently in the head, causing that Annie's sleeve catches fire]
Annie Wilkes: No!
[Annie turns off the fire, moves the typewriter aside and gets up to grab Paul]
Annie Wilkes: I'm gonna kill you, you lying cocksucker!
[Paul gouges her eyes with his thumbs and hits her in the nose - Annie takes her gun and shoots Paul in the shoulder, then he jumps out of the wheelchair and attacks Annie]
Paul Sheldon: [Paul takes the burnt paper] You want it? You want ...
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Misery the Pig - Herself See more »

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Referenced in Supernatural: The Monster at the End of This Book (2009) See more »

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I'll Be Seeing You
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Published by Williamson Music Company and Bienstock Publishing Company (o/b/o Redwood Music, Ltd.)
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Perfect performances by Bates and Caan
7 May 2003 | by rbverhoefSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,076,834, 2 December 1990

Gross USA:

$61,276,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,276,872
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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