Misery

Misery

Rob Reiner (1990)

103min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This superb adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller from director Rob Reiner deals with the trappings of celebrity, fanatical devotion, artistic dilemmas and the worthiness of commercial fiction within a psychological suspense context. Kathy Bates deservedly won an Oscar for her monstrously scary performance as novelist James Caan's "Number One Fan", turning from caring nurse to insane "Baby Jane" torturer after learning he's killed off her favourite literary character. While not a true-blue horror movie, Reiner's adept exercise in chilling claustrophobia nevertheless contains numerous jolts, with the sledgehammer "hobbling" scene certain to evoke screams of revulsion.

Summary

A successful author finds his relief at being rescued from a near-fatal car crash is severely tempered by the discovery that his saviour is a fan with psychopathic tendencies. The situation takes a turn for the worse when she discovers he has killed off her favourite character - and sets about coercing him to do a rewrite in nightmarish fashion. Oscar-winning thriller, starring James Caan, Kathy Bates and Lauren Bacall.

Cast & Crew

Paul Sheldon James Caan
Annie Wilkes Kathy Bates
Virginia McCain Frances Sternhagen
Sheriff John T `Buster' McCain Richard Farnsworth
Marcia Sindell Lauren Bacall
Libby Graham Jarvis
Pete Jerry Potter
Sherman Douglas JT Walsh
Director Rob Reiner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama