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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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Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
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Deputy Norris Ridgewick
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Hugh Priest
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Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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Frank Jewett
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Henry Beaufort
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Myrtle Keeton
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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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27 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$15,185,672
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For its release in Spain the film's title was just "La Tienda", but in Argentina it was "La Tienda de los deseos malignos", which translates to "The Shop of Evil Desires". See more »

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In the first scene with the Mercedes-Benz 300 old-timer, the (brake) lights of the filming car is visible in the chrome of the bumper. See more »

Quotes

Leland Gaunt: Oh yes, we're having fun now.
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Referenced in The Devil's Advocate (1997) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Max on Sydow saves this King adaptation
13 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm not a big Stephen King fan but the premise to this story is just great. It should make for a great film but for some reason the film disappoints. Not terribly but you feel like you should have gotten more.

Enter Max von Sydow. The man is an absolute pleasure to watch in any film he is in and no matter how long he appears in a given film it is better for his involvement. Without question one of the world's greatest actors of the twentieth century. This is obviously not his best role but he lends a wonderful Old World charm to this American story, his turn as the shopkeeper saves this movie from being low- quality and brings it up to a decent spooky story.

I have heard that the TBS version is much better as it feature more characterization (what I found to be the weakest part of the film) but I have not seen it. If anyone has any idea where to acquire it please leave a comment.


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