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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

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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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This store want's to collect the ultimate price only See more »


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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Very Enjoyable Trip to Castle Rock
10 March 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The small town of Castle Rock suddenly changes when Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow) opens a store called Needful Things. Soon, everyone finds something they want, and have a high price to pay for it. The town turns itself inside out!

I enjoyed this film, watching it at a friend's house while swirling a glass of zinfandel. It is really made by having Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt. Without von Sydow in this role -- looking very much the successful of Vincent Price -- the film may have become just another poor King adaptation. But I think this one is one of the better attempts, or at least above average.

I find it interesting that Sheriff Alan Pangborn, played here by Ed Harris, also appears in "The Dark Half" (1993), released earlier the same year, in which the part is played by Michael Rooker. I wish they would have kept the casting the same. King's novels overlap, and I think if the films did, too, it would create more of a demand for them, and make the overarching story more interesting. This story connects also to "Stand By Me", but you would never know it from the film.

The film was directed by Fraser C. Heston, the son of actor Charlton Heston. It was Heston's first project, and an admirable one. To me, it feels like many of King's films have a similar look or feel to them, and I wonder if this is intentional, or if I am just crazy. But if it is intentional, Heston nails it.

While there are other King adaptations I would recommend first -- It, The Shining, Carrie and Dead Zone, just off the top of my head -- this is still better than some, and a good deal better than a lot of the horror films out there. If you are unsure, I say go for it.


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