A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.
Release Year: 1990
Rating: 7.8/10 (60,708 voted)
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Storyline Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)...
Writers: Stephen King, William Goldman
Cast: James Caan
(as Tom Brunelle)
(as Archie Hahn III)
Misery the Pig
The Tide Has Come.
Release Date: 30 November 1990
Filming Locations: California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,076,834
(2 December 1990)
Did You Know?
One of Stephen King's first typewriters had a malfunctioning "N" key, just like the one used by James Caan in the movie.
In the scrapbook paragraphs in many of the clippings are repeated several times.
Quotes: Annie Wilkes:
I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan.
Misery is a dark, but witty venture into Stephen King territory. It's
a popular novelist who crashes his car on a snowy mountain road and is
rescued by a nurse who claims she is his number one fan. As the time
by, he realizes she has no intention of letting him leave.
The film moves with a brisk, taut pace thanks to director Rob Reiner,
helmed another excellent Stephen King film, Stand By Me. Tension is
mostly throughout (there are some predictable moments...but who cares?)
the performances are also a major plus. James Caan is very easy to
empathize with, and he manages to keep his cynical sense of humor.
Farnsworth, as a grizzled sheriff was a nice addition to the film since
character didn't exist in the book. He also has a nice sense of humor,
he's the kind of guy who you want to root for. But the most amazing
performance is from Kathy Bates, who treads a fine line alternating
sweet and lovable to amazingly evil. She won an Oscar for this movie,
whole-heartedly deserved it.
Side note: This is one of the few films which took an Oscar, that you
actually say the Academy had the guts to give out. Can anyone name
horror film which won such a notable prize?
ANyway...by the end, the novelist and the viewer or put through some
torturous activity. We sometimes feel his pain, and it is so much fun
hate this woman................the book is excellent.....the movie is
as good in about 1/6th of the time it would take to read. Either way,