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Misery (30-Nov-1990)

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: William Goldman

From novel: Misery by Stephen King

Music by: Marc Shaiman

Producers: Andrew Scheinman; Rob Reiner

Keywords: Horror

Novelist Paul Sheldon suffers an automobile accident during a blizzard, severely injured though rescued by retired nurse Annie Wilkes who is an enormous fan of his work. Annie's positive attitude changes, however, when she reads the latest installment in his Misery Chastain series, learning that the beloved main character is killed off. Engaging horror-thriller. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for Best Actress.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lauren Bacall
16-Sep-1924 12-Aug-2014 Key Largo
Kathy Bates
28-Jun-1948   Misery
James Caan
26-Mar-1940   Vegas
Richard Farnsworth
1-Sep-1920 6-Oct-2000 Comes a Horseman
Graham Jarvis
25-Aug-1930 16-Apr-2003 Canadian-American character actor
Julie Payne
11-Sep-1946   Improv and voice actress
Frances Sternhagen
13-Jan-1930   Misery


James Caan   ...   Paul Sheldon
Kathy Bates   ...   Annie Wilkes
Frances Sternhagen   ...   Virginia
Richard Farnsworth   ...   Buster
Special Appearance by
Lauren Bacall   ...   Marcia Sindell
Graham Jarvis   ...   Libby
Jerry Potter   ...   Pete
Tom Brunelle   ...   Anchorman
June Christopher   ...   Anchorwoman
Julie Payne   ...   Reporter #1
Archie Hahn III   ...   Reporter #2
Gregory Snegoff   ...   Reporter #3
Wendy Bowers   ...   Waitress
Misery the Pig   ...   Herself


Review by Jerry Marcolina (posted on 15-Jun-2009)

This film was one of Steven King's finer works of art. It's not your typical teenage slasher movie that goes on and on to be silly. It has depth, and suspense along with the creative cast ensemble of Kathy Bates and lead actor James Caan. It keeps you @ the edge of your seat and makes you wonder what is going to erupt next. This particular film actually puts Kathy Bates at the pinnacle of her career. Most people didn't realize that Ms. Bates had a list of credits that goes back to the 70's. However, in this role as "Annie Wilkes", she was a "Hit", and from then on, she has been able to parlay her acting abilities into other roles. Another fine movie that you simply will not forget is "Dolores Claiborne". Watch that film as well, and you will see that once again Kathy Bates shines!

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