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.

Director:

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

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Trivia

Ray McKinnon, who plays Deputy Norris Ridgewick, also appeared in another Stephen King adaptation. He played Charlie Campion, the soldier who unleashed the plague, in the 1994 mini-series The Stand, which also features Ed Harris. See more »

Goofs

During a flashback sequence that takes place in 1955, teenagers are driving around in a convertible as Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls Of Fire" blares from the car radio. Lewis recorded, and released the song in 1956, one year after the events depicted in this scene take place. See more »

Quotes

Father Meehan: When I was younger, people got along better.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996) See more »

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Ave Maria
Composed by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Reg Powell
Performed by Nicole Tibbels
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An entertaining film.
20 January 2000 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

I have never read the King novel 'Needful Things' and so can't compare it with this film one way or the other.

But this film, about a mysterious character who sets up a shop in which local residents find various treasures and are then tricked into perpetrating horrors against their neighbours, is entertaining and contains some good characters and marvelously black comedy. Though there are a few cheesy moments (like that ridiculous model which is supposed to represent a skinned dog), the film is still a winner. Max Von Sydow is good as the literally devilish owner of the Needful Things store and the climax is nicely-done.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,202,478, 29 August 1993

Gross USA:

$15,185,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,185,672
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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