Misery

Misery

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Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen

     
 

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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 womanSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Horror novelist Stephen King often tells the story of how he once took a picture with a fan whom he learned was Mark David Chapman, after Chapman had murdered John Lennon. It is that very kind of celebrity anxiety that fuels the film Misery, based on King's novel. James Caan plays Paul Sheldon, a romance novelist injured in a bone-breaking car wreck in the middle of nowhere and rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, in her Oscar-winning breakthrough role). For better and for worse, Annie happens to be Sheldon's "number one fan," and she turns from motherly rescuer to sadistic captor after learning that Sheldon will kill off her favorite character, Misery, in his next book. Director Rob Reiner, in his second King adaptation (Stand By Me), explores both the horror and the humanity in Bates's tragically deranged nurse, who is torn between her compulsions to nurture and destroy. William Goldman's script is sublime storytelling in what is essentially a one-location, two-character tale, both of whom by the end have brutally blurred the lines between insanity and the struggle for survival. Although slightly tamer than King's novel, Misery never once fails to shock, scare, or disturb.
All Movie Guide
A stark departure from director Rob Reiner's nostalgic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me (1986) and When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990) adeptly juggled agonizing suspense with cartoonish freakishness. Based on a Stephen King story, the film was generally well-liked by both audiences and critics, though it doesn't strive for the depth of Martin Scorsese's similar The King of Comedy. It does, however, allow for a restrained but offbeat performance from the previously little-known character actress Kathy Bates. Her compellingly deranged Annie is the film's centerpiece, and she won an Academy Award for her work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0883904150213
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
87,813

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Rob Reiner; Audio commentary by screenwriter William Goldman; Misery Loves Company featurette; Marc Shaiman's Musical Misery Tour featurette; Diagnosing Annie Wilkes featurette; Advice for the Stalked featurette; Profile of a Stalker featurette; Celebrity Stalkers featurette; Anti-Stalking Laws featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Paul Sheldon
Kathy Bates Annie Wilkes
Frances Sternhagen Virginia
Richard Farnsworth Buster, Sheriff
Lauren Bacall Marcia Sindell
Graham Jarvis Libby
J.T. Walsh Park Ranger (uncredited)
Wendy Bowers Waitress
Tom Brunelle Anchorman
June Christopher Anchorwoman
Archie Hahn Actor
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Pig: Misery Actor
Julie Payne Reporter #1
Jerry Potter Pete
Rob Reiner Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Greg Snegoff Reporter

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Co-producer
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
John Elliott Makeup
Margaret Elliott Makeup
David R. Ellis Stunts
Norman Garwood Production Designer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Todd Henry Cinematographer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
K.N.B. EFX Group Special Effects
Robert Leighton Editor
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Steve Nicolaides Co-producer,Production Manager
Andrew Scheinman Co-producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Misery
1. Main Titles / The Crash
2. I'll Take Care of You
3. Bed-Ridden
4. My Legs
5. Paul Is Missing
6. Close Shave
7. Investigation
8. The Swearing
9. What's Hidden in the Snow?
10. Misery Has Arrived
11. Misery, the Pig
12. Inside Annie's Head
13. Rage
14. Let It Burn!
15. Misery's Return
16. Home Alone
17. Discovery
18. My Way
19. Jump for Joy
20. Dinner for Two
21. Choose Your Weapon
22. The Sledge Hammer
23. A Visitor
24. Goodbye Sheriff
25. The Last Chapter
26. Face Off
27. The Witch Is Dead
28. It's a Rave / End Titles

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