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Misery-Collectors Edition

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Novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) doesn't remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. Nor does he remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. All he remembers is waking up in the home of Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a maniacal fan who is bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his "cock-a-doodie" life!

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Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 204970464
UPC 027616089885
UPC 14 00027616089885
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Caan,James
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Cast & Crew
Barry Sonnenfeld - Cinematographer
James Caan - Actor
Kathy Bates - Actor
Lauren Bacall - Actor
Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Mark W. Mansbridge - Art Director
Norman Garwood - Production Designer
Richard Farnsworth - Actor
Rob Reiner - Director
Rob Reiner, et. al. - Producer
Robert Leighton - Editor
Stephen King - Based On Novel By
William Goldman - Screenplay
Awards
Winner (1991) Golden Globe, Kathy Bates, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Kathy Bates, Best Actress in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource The Flick Filosopher
Review [Stephen King's] novel was adapted by William Goldman and directed on film by Rob Reiner, but you can't ever get rid of the King trademarks: the ordinary world turned terrifying, and seemingly ordinary people turned maniacal...Annie Wilkes is King's best psycho and one of the most banally malevolent visions of evil ever depicted onscreen -- as played by the extraordinary Kathy Bates (Primary Colors, Titanic), she is a terror of frighteningly everyday proportions. A lonely, abandoned woman living in the Colorado mountains, her greatest solace comes from the romance novels of author Paul Sheldon (James Caan: Mickey Blue Eyes, This Is My Father), all of which feature an heroine with the unlikely name of Misery...Part of the startling horror of Annie is that she is just about the last person in the world from whom you'd expect antisocial or violent behavior.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer MaryAnn Johanson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Caan, who has been hyper in some of his recent performances, is controlled and even passive here, the disbelieving captive of a madwoman. Bates, who has the film's key role, is uncanny in her ability to switch, in an instant, from sweet solicitude to savage scorn. Some of the things Stephen King invents for her to do to the writer are so shocking that they could be a trap for an actor - an invitation to overact. But she somehow remains convincing inside her character's madness...It is a good story, a natural, and it grabs us. But just as there is almost no way to screw it up, so there's hardly any way to bring it above a certain level of inspiration. Many competent directors could have done what Reiner does here, and perhaps many other actors could have done what Caan does, although the Kathy Bates performance is trickier and more special. The result is good craftsmanship, and a movie that works. It does not illuminate, challenge or inspire, but it works.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Caan,James
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier Bates deserves her Oscar as the psychopath fan; a deft blending of comedy and horror.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice A convincing psychological thriller with a powerful performance by Kathy Bates.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide A Stephen King white-knuckler!
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star A stunning, harsh drama that lingers in the memory because of its cruel strokes.
Scott Weinberg, Apollo Movie Guide Caan and Bates are nothing short of hypnotic.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson, SBS.IS Kathy Bates is beyond amazing in the part of the psychotic fan Annie Wilkes.
Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com Horrifying tale with deserved Oscar performance by Kathy Bates.

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