Misery

Misery

DVD - 2000?
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After an almost fatal car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon finds himself being nursed by a deranged fan who holds him captive.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [MGM Home Entertainment], [2000?]
ISBN: 9780792846444
0792846443
Branch Call Number: DVD MISERY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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AMerr22
Oct 22, 2017

Good movie based on a book. For a whole lineup of my favorite movies based on books visit my list.

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singidunum_25
Mar 14, 2017

Excellent horror movie based on Steven King's book. Great performances by Kathy Bates and James Caan.

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JillyDee
Mar 03, 2017

Kathy Bates at her scariest best!

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Dannyboy2452
Jan 28, 2017

Whenever I watch a film adaptation, I always find myself analyzing the deviations from the original novel. Most of the time I find the version of the story in the book is superior-one reason I loved the Lord of the Rings movies was because they hewed so close to Tolkien's vision (though I admit to being pleased that they cut the ponderous Tom Bombadil chapter from the film). With Rob Reiner's film version of Misery we get something of a hybrid. The parts of the movie dealing directly with Paul Sheldon (James Caan) and Annie Wilkes (a very funny and very scary Kathy Bates) are true to Stephen King's tension-filled novel. However, the film also contains a detective story element that is not a part of the original. Richard Farnsworth's portrayal of likably gruff local sheriff, Buster, provides a nice counterbalance to Bates' obsessive and unstable turn as Wilkes. Even if you're like me and you prefer a movie to stay faithful to its source material, you will enjoy this movie (but stay far away from another King film, The Running Man, which tells an almost wholly new story from the book, and not a very good one). As always, you should read the book first, and then enjoy one of the few worthwhile film adaptations of a King novel. Interestingly, the two best King movies, Misery and the Shining, both take place, not in King's favored Maine, but in Colorado.

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alicat1
Jan 27, 2017

Great adaptation of the book. A few slight changes, but fun to compare and contrast.
Kathy Bates is an excellent "number one fan".

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JihadiConservative
Oct 23, 2016

One of the best horror/suspense movies made. It might not be scary, but it is super creepy and extremely suspenseful. Great acting, directing and story.

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htliang
Apr 16, 2016

Two friends both said this was the scariest movie they have ever seen. I decided to check it out.
Definitely suspenseful and gripping. I was on the edge of my seat near the end and screamed a couple of times. The acting was superb throughout. There were even a few funny scenes.
On the down side - a bit of swearing, some scenes that could give sensitive people nightmares, and the portrayal of Christians as crazed weirdos (Annie Wilkes wears a cross necklace in every scene). Otherwise, a great film classic!

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trotter73
Dec 09, 2014

great movie

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TRANNY_CLONES
Sep 07, 2014

One of the actually good Stephen King book or short story based movies period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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petercorell
May 31, 2014

Kathy Bates and James Caan are practically in every scene in the movie Misery. James Caan has had an auto accident and recieves help from Kathy Bates. What follows will be film history because it is so well written. This movie will definitely get your attention!

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htliang
Apr 16, 2016

htliang thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Lexikal
Sep 24, 2011

Lexikal thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 11, 2010

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

I am your number one fan.

laustcawz Mar 01, 2012

Annie Wilkes: "He didn't get out of the cock-a-doody car!!!!!"

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Annie Wilkes: It's the swearing, Paul. It has no nobility.
Paul Sheldon: These are slum kids, I was a slum kid. Everybody talks like that.
Annie Wilkes: THEY DO NOT! At the feedstore do I say, "Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that F-in' pig feed, and a pound of that bitchly cow corn"? At the bank do I say, "Oh, Mrs. Malenger, here is one big bastard of a check, now give me some of your Christ-ing money!" THERE, LOOK THERE, NOW SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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.

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AMerr22
Oct 22, 2017

Violence: Contains the infamous hobbling scene.

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 11, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

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