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Misery (1990) Movie Information

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265

Avg. Rating:

3.09/4

# of Ratings:

528

Genres:

Horror, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/30/1990

Director:

Rob Reiner

Actors:

James Caan
Kathy Bates
Richard Farnsworth
Frances Sternhagen
Lauren Bacall
Graham Jarvis

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A famous novelist crashes on a snowy Colorado road. He is rescued by his "number one fan" but soon finds that she is unstable and willing to do anything to have her way.

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Matthew Brady 02/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

A famous novelist crashes on a snowy Colorado road. He is rescued by his "number one fan" but soon finds that she is unstable and willing to do anything to have her way. This movie is a scary thriller that your always glued to the screen and never looking away.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

I like some other Stephen King adaptations a little more, but this is still a really good film nonetheless. Kathy Bates is brilliant and completely deserved her Oscar. James Caan is also good.

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Yojimbo 05/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

A reasonable suspense movie with shades of Psycho, based on an unusually restrained albeit self-absorbed novel by Stephen King. Not bad, but undeserving of it's acclaim because of the flat direction that's completely lacking in atmosphere, and predictable storyline. But the main problems for me are the plot holes; the police really need weeks to figure out that a convicted murderess who is obsessed with the man and has recently bought a typewriter and a load of paper who just happens to live nearby might possibly have something to do with his disappearance? Please. And dowdy women with a penchant for romantic fiction just aren't scary. I don't care how loopy they are...

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mitchellyoung 01/13/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

In a slow-burn thriller from Stephen King, Kathy Bates is magnetic as the unhinged psycho fan of James Caan. The film mostly builds well on atmosphere and subtle tension, but isn't afraid to pull out the stops for a few brutal moments. A claustrophobic and well-done thriller.

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  memento_mori
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08/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Kathy Bates... And sleep I will no more.

I can't believe I've never talked about Misery.

Misery is a movie that fascinated me from a young age, when I was twelve, specifically.
I instantaneously fell in love with it. The claustrophobic atmosphere, the desolate characters, the slow and haunting script, and who isn't fascinated by Annie Wilkes? 'He didn't get out of the cock-a-doody car!'

I read the book right after I watched the movie, and while I prefer the book to the film, I love the atmospheric nature of Rob Reiner's version.
James Caan is not groundbreaking as writer Paul Sheldon, but he makes do with what he's got. Plus, everyone looks like Keanu Reeves standing next to Kathy Bates.
Kathy Bates deservedly won the Oscar for Annie Wilkes, because she is the only real character from the book where I could say: Yes, th...

Rating of
4/4 

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  mdtinney
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08/03/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I am your number 1 fan!!!

Misery is without a doubt one of the best horro films of the 90's, and in my opinion, Stephen King's third best adaptation into a movie behind Shawshank Redemption and Dolores Claibourne. This is TRUE horror, there's no monsters, no mega special effects, just Kathy Bates who is truly made the big time as one of the scariest villains in horror movie history. It's about a man named Paul Sheldon, he's an author, made incredibly famous by his popular books, specially his series called "Misery", the books are apparently about a woman in the old days who goes through heavy times in her life and he shares her pain and strength with the readers. When he finishes his last Misery book, he decides to celebrate and is heading back for his daughter's birthday, but he gets caught in a horrible blizzard...

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4/4 

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