MiseryDirector: Rob Reiner
Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. He gets into a severe car accident and is saved by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a reclusive woman who nurses him back to health. Annie is a huge fan of the Misery novels, and she finishes reading the new one while Paul is convalescing. She becomes enraged when she discovers that Paul has killed off Misery. Annie injures Paul's foot severely so that he is unable to leave her house, and forces him to write a new Misery novel. A local sheriff (Richard Farnsworth) and Paul's agent (Lauren Bacall) both attempt to track down what happened to the missing author. Misery shot the relatively unknown Kathy Bates to stardom, winning her one of the few Best Actress Oscars ever bestowed for portraying an evil character.
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Cast & Crew
|James Caan||Paul Sheldon|
|Kathy Bates||Annie Wilkes|
|Richard Farnsworth||Buster, Sheriff|
|Lauren Bacall||Marcia Sindell|
|J.T. Walsh||Park Ranger (uncredited)|
|Julie Payne||Reporter #1|
|Rob Reiner||Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)|
|Philip C. Cory||Special Effects|
|David R. Ellis||Stunts|
|Norman Garwood||Production Designer|
|Gloria Gresham||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|M. Todd Henry||Cinematographer|
|K.N.B. EFX Group||Special Effects|
|Garry Lewis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Mansbridge||Art Director|
|Steve Nicolaides||Co-producer,Production Manager|
|Marc Shaiman||Score Composer|
|Stan Tropp||Set Decoration/Design|
|Stephen King||Source Author|
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A suspensful thriller! A must see!I loved the book and the film. Kathey Bates gives a great performance as the crassed Annie Wilkes. Even though some parts are changed from the book I still loved it!
Bates does an outstanding job at being the ''bad guy.'' Stephen King has an awsome mind for making anything scary.
This movie was so good, it almost isn't worthy of a review. That's the magic of Stephen King, he can take a seemingly rediculous scenario and make it totaly believable.
This movie was great. I gave it 5 stars because it was awesome. Here's the description. A novelist named Paul Sheldon drove off the road and got bruised a little. He winds up in the home of Ms. Annie Wilkes who is his #1 fan. He doesn't remember winding up in her home. Annie is a little coo-coo. Her moods switch. She has a pig named Misery. She thinks that Mr. Sheldon killed her. After a few days, in the news, Paul was presumed dead soon.(But Paul is really alive, but no one knows.)One day, Annie buys a typewriter and lets Paul write the rest of his books. When Paul found out that Annie was a murderer, he knew he was in danger.
Wow. This is one of my favorite Steven King movies. Everybody in this film is witty and funny. You even get a couple of laughs out of Annie once and a while. James Caan's performance is brilliant. The torture that he goes through makes you wonder if he was better off being shot to death in The Godfather. But the best performance has to be Kathy Bates who plays Annie. Even though this is just a movie you can't help but think if Annie is real. Bates's performance is not only scary but enjoyable. It's just amazing at one time Annie can be a nice nurse that takes care of Paul. But all of a sudden she's bringing out a sledge hammer on his ankles. That kind of thing we don't see a lot. And I am very happy to see something that different.