Directed By: Rob Reiner Starring: James Caan Kathy Bates

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An injured novelist is held captive, and violently tortured, by a woman who claims to be his number one fan. Special features: collectible booklet, theatrical trailer, teaser, widescreen and fullscreen versions, subtitles in french and spanish.


Studio MGM
SKU 40140813
UPC 027616851390
UPC 14 00027616851390
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Romance author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) longs for parting with Misery. Sheldon's plucky heroine of seven novels has delivered Sheldon fame and fortune and recognition beyond the average writer's dreams, but she is also interminably linked to him. Determined to escape an eternal role as dimestore novelist, he kills her off in the eighth novel and heads to his New England cabin to work on his own Great American Novel. Upon completion, Sheldon excitedly sets out for his New York City publisher in the midst of a raging blizzard and within minutes veers into a desolate snowbank. From the brink of death, he is rescued from the snow by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who just so happens to be Misery's self-professed biggest fan. At first, she nurses him back to health in her remote cabin, telling him the roads and phones are knocked out by the storm, fawning over his literary accomplishments. However, things change when she purchases his eighth Misery book and reaches the point of Misery's death. Annie's psychotic underbelly swiftly surfaces as the unfortunate author is held clandestinely captive in her home. Meanwhile, a wily small-town sheriff (Richard Farnsworth) circles in....^Director Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's novel is an eerie tale of obsessiveness and isolation. The film features an excellent turn by Caan and an Oscar-winning performance by Bates.
Plot Summary
Summary In this chilling adaptation of a Stephen King story, a romance novelist loses control of his car during a snowstorm and is rescued by a nurse who happens to be his "number one fan." Recovering in her home, he turns from patient to prisoner as his savior proves to be psychotically deranged.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You're a dirty little birdy."--Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) to Paul Sheldon (James Caan)
Quote "It's a masterpiece! What was the name of that ceiling painted by that dago?"--Annie "The Sistine Chapel?"--Paul |"Yes. You and Michaelangelo. Geniuses."--Annie
Quote "I'm your number one fan."--Annie to Paul
Sight and Sound "...[Reiner] adopts Hitchcockian techniques which he uses to flawless effect..." 05/01/1991 p.55-6
USA Today "...MISERY is a robust audience-participation pic..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 11/30/1990 p.4D
New York Times "...A breakthrough of sorts....[Bates] gives a genuinely funny performance..." 11/30/1990 p.C1
Entertainment Weekly "...[Bates] illuminates an imagined extreme of heartland dementia that's far scarier than any of the undead creations that pepper King's other works..." -- Rating: B 11/10/1995 pp.72-3,"Bates and Caan simply dominate. MISERY builds economically to a climactic fight in which every scratch, ding, and wallop feels completely earned." -- Grade: B 10/05/2007 p.57
Los Angeles Times "...[Caan] is often marvelous..." 11/30/1990 p.F1
Premiere "Bates perfectly balances comedy and cruelty." 04/01/2004 p.58
Rob Reiner
James Caan
Kathy Bates
Cast & Crew
Lauren Bacall - Star
James Caan - Star
Kathy Bates - Star
Richard Farnsworth - Star
Frances Sternhagen - Star
William Goldman - Screenwriter
Stephen King - Source Writer
Rob Reiner - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 1000833
UPC 00027616851390
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Name Kathy Bates
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1990
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Theatrical Version, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Caan,James
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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