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Misery (1990)

Director: Rob Reiner     Starring: James Caan Kathy Bates
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Learn more about Misery:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40140813
UPC: 027616851390
UPC 14: 00027616851390
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Theatrical Version, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/3/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000833
Video UPC UPC: 00027616851390
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lauren Bacall
Video Cast Info James Caan
Video Cast Info Kathy Bates
Video Cast Info Richard Farnsworth
Video Cast Info Frances Sternhagen
Video Cast Info William Goldman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stephen King - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Rob Reiner - Director
Plot 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

"You're a dirty little birdy."----Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) to Paul Sheldon (James Caan)

"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

"I'm your number one fan."----Annie to Paul

Professional Reviews

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

Los Angeles Times
"...[Caan] is often marvelous..." 11/30/1990 p.F1

"Bates perfectly balances comedy and cruelty." 04/01/2004 p.58

Entertainment Weekly
"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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Caan,James
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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