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Misery

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Based on the chilling bestseller by Stephen King, Misery was brought to the screen by director Rob Reiner as one of the most effective thrillers of the 1990s. From a brilliant adaptation by screenwriter William Goldman, Reiner turned King's cautionary tale of fame and idolatry into a mainstream masterpiece of escalating suspense, translating King's own experience with obsessive fans into a frightening tale of entrapment and psychotic behavior. Kathy Bates deservedly won an Academy Award for her performance as Annie Wilkes, an unbalanced devotee of romance novels written by Paul Sheldon (James Caan), whose books provide Annie with a much-needed escape from her pathetic life and her secret, violent past. After Annie rescues the injured Sheldon from a car accident, she seizes the opportunity to nurse her favorite writer back to health, but her tender loving care soon turns to terrorism as she demands that Sheldon write his latest novel according to her wish-fulfillment fantasies. From this point forward, Misery percolates to a boil as equal parts mystery, thriller, and cleverly dark comedy, with the helpless author pitched in deadly warfare against his number one fan. While Bates carefully modulates her role from doting kindness to sympathetic loneliness and finally to horrifying ferocity, Caan is equally superb as the celebrated author who must literally write for his life. It's essentially a two-actor film, but Richard Farnsworth and Lauren Bacall are excellent in supporting roles as they investigate the writer's mysterious disappearance. Frightening, funny, and totally irresistible, Misery was such a hit that some of Bates's dialogue entered the popular lexicon (particularly her nagging reference to Caan as "Mister Man"), and its nail-biting thrills remain timelessly intense. 
--Jeff Shannon

On The DVD Back

A "heart-stopping psychological thriller" (Joel Siegal), this Academy Award-winning film is "one of the best horror movies" (Time) ever.  Adapted from a Stephen King novel by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (All The President's Men) and directed by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men), this chiller starring Kathy Bates (Titanic) and James Caan (The Godfather) is "a Hitchcockian kind of cat-and-mouse" (The New York Times) game played between two cunning minds - one as sharp as a tack and the other as blunt as a sledgehammer.

Novelist Paul Sheldon (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 (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!

DVD Scene Selections
1. Main Titles 14. Searching The House
2. The Misery Business 15. Back To Bed
3. "I'm Your Number One Fan" 16. The Rewrite
4. A Long Recover; Marcia's Concern 17. Buster's Literary Affair
5. The Swearing Disturbs Annie 18. Dinner For Two
6. Scene Of The Accident 19. Annie Declares Her Love
7. Misery's Child 20. The Scrapbook
8. Misery's Namesake 21. Hammered!
9. "You Murdered My Misery!" 22. Following A Hunch
10. The Lady And The Lighter Fluid 23. Buster Calls Annie
11. Paul's New Studio 24. The Last Chapter
12. Out Of His Room 25. 18 Months Later; End Credits
13. Searching The House

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