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Needful Things (1993)

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A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

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Fraser C. Heston

Writers:

Stephen King (book), W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
Ed Harris ... Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Bonnie Bedelia ... Polly Chalmers
Amanda Plummer ... Nettie Cobb
J.T. Walsh ... Danforth Keeton III
Ray McKinnon ... Deputy Norris Ridgewick
Duncan Fraser ... Hugh Priest
Valri Bromfield ... Wilma Jerzyck
Shane Meier ... Brian Rusk
William Morgan Sheppard ... Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Don S. Davis ... Reverend Rose
Campbell Lane ... Frank Jewett
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Henry Beaufort
Frank C. Turner ... Pete Jerzyck
Gillian Barber ... Myrtle Keeton
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Storyline

Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt opens the store Needful Things, he seems to have the object of desire for each dweller. He charges small amounts to the things but requests a practical joke for each of them against another inhabitant. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and Sheriff Pangborn discovers that Leland Gaunt is the devil himself. Further, Gaunt is manipulating the population like puppets exploring the weakness and greed of each person. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begærets butik See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,202,478, 29 August 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,185,672
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, Max Von Sydow sings a line of "My Favourite Things" from The Sound Of Music. Amanda Plummer, also in Needful Things, is the daughter of Christopher Plummer who played Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music. See more »

Goofs

One man buys a first edition, signed copy of "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. In later scenes, he and the little girl who stole it refer to the title as "Huck Finn" by Mark Twain. In the video and DVD release, his words are dubbed over to correct the mistake. On the television broadcast, the mistake was not corrected. This is an audio mismatch and a continuity error, depending on which version you saw. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Do you believe in the Devil, Father?
Father Meehan: I guess I have to. You can't have one without the other. Do you believe in God, Alan?
Alan: What's he look like?
Father Meehan: Look like?
Alan: Yeah. The Devil. What the hell does he look like?
Father Meehan: Well, he looks like you and me, I imagine.
Alan: So he could get his claws in us without our ever knowing, make us do things that we normally would never do. Terrible things.
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Alternate Versions

A man buys a first edition, signed copy of Treasure Island by 'Robert Louis Stevenson', and a girl steals it. Subsequently, both refer to the title as Huck Finn by Mark Twain. The goof remains in the theatrical and TV versions, but in the video and DVD releases, his words are dubbed over to correct the mistake. See more »

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Follows The Dark Half (1993) See more »

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The best King novel ruined.
13 October 1998 | by ReagenSee all my reviews

This is by far my favourite Stephen King novel, and it was butchered. Almost nothing is like it was in the novel. The novel worked, so why change it? There were literally dozens of supporting characters cut out of the script that you cared about, and nobody had any character development. My recoMmendation, skip the movie, read the book. It's a masterpiece of dark comedy.


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