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NEW Misery - Misery (Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly good time Oct. 9 2006
this is one of the best movies ive seen. kathy bates just walks away with the whole picture, as she does in everything ive ever seen her do.shes so over the top in this character that you find yourself wondering what the heck shell do next.james caan turns in an understated performance, giving kathy first place and room for her characted to develop into what it does.well worth watching and owning as are fried green tomatoes and delores claiborne.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
By now pretty much everybody knows the rule that the best movies made from Stephen King novels do not put his name above the title and do not trumpet the fact in the trailer. This would be film's like "Stand By Me," "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile," and, of course, "Misery." Director Rob Reiner did the first and last films on that list, so he would know. The idea in this 1990 film is fairly simple and one that obviously would send shivers up and down King's own spine: what if an author became the captive of his "number one fan," who, needless to say, is a psychotic maniac?
Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is a famous writer, who has been turning out historical bodice rippers about a heroine named Misery Chastain. As was the case with Arthur Conan Doyle, who killed off Sherlock Holmes at one point, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, who tried to kill off Tarzan's Jane, Sheldon has enough of his fictional creation and has killed her off in a book about to hit the stands. Meanwhile he has just finished a new novel about the slums in which he grew up that he hopes will establish his reputation as a serious writer. However, after he leaves the secluded Colorado Hotel where he goes to write his books his car crashes during a snowstorm and he is horribly hurt. But before he dies he is taken from his car and when he awakes he finds himself in a bed, both of his legs broken, and in the care of Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a nurse who gleefully informs Paul that she is his "number one fan."
Grateful to be alive and believing Annie's story that they are snowed in and that the phone lines are down because of the storm, Paul recuperates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Stephen King movie May 17 2004
This is, by far, the best Stephen King movie of all time! I have one small complaint, which is one I have about MANY classic movies on DVD: WHERE ARE THE BONUS FEATURES?! For a movie this great, I would expect a documentary about it, maybe a commentary. But that's my only complaint about it. I love this movie so much. I could watch it over and over again. We are given perfect performances by James Caan and Kathy Bates. It's hard to believe that MGM originally wanted James Caan for the part of Rocky instead of Sylvester Stallone.
The movie begins with writer Paul Sheldon finishing his book at a lodge that he travels to, but on his way home he gets caught in a blizzard and crashes his car.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, he is rescued by Annie Wilkes, his "number one fan", who feels that she has found a prize and will do anything she has to to keep it.
I will not tell the whole story, I don't want to ruin it. All I can say is this: If you love every Stephen King movie you have seen, BUY THIS!!!; and, if you HATE every Stephen King movie you have seen, BUY THIS!!!
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When he manned the filmed adaptation of Stephen King's great 1987 best-seller MISERY in 1990, Rob Reiner, known at that time mainly for hilarious comedies like THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1983), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...(1989), showed that he could also direct a suspenseful thriller. He did a terrific job. Starring James Caan as injured, cynical romance novelist Paul Sheldon, and Kathy Bates as obsessed nurse and "Number-One Fan" Annie Wilkes, MISERY is perfectly cast and is one of the few truly successful Stephen King film adapatations. Indeed, in some ways it is even better than the book! It keeps the dark, cynical humor and concentrates more on the psychological cat-and-mouse game between Sheldon and Wilkes than on visual shocks. It definitely tones down the level of graphic violence from the novel; for example, Annie carries a sledgehammer instead of an axe. Also, she has no electric knife in the movie. Although the book's gore was effectively disturbing in written form, it would have been unnecessary and distracting in the film version.
Better yet, Reiner focuses on the character-driven psychological horror and suspense, which draws you in right from the beginning and never lets up. James Caan strikes the right note for his portrayal of the bedridden Paul Sheldon. With his subtle, cynical, sarcastic, detached tone, Caan conveys a talented author whose whole world turned upside down, along with his car, on an icy road in the middle of nowhere. Being cared for/imprisoned by crazy, obsessed nurse Annie Wilkes, Caan creates a sympathetic character who refuses to accept himself as a helpless victim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misery
Exeptional storyline in this very well written mystery and intrigue film. I don't get tired of this one. A fine mix of sick and twisted with a twist!
Published 18 months ago by Steve S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Misery VHS
The VHS arrived very quickly and was as described. It plays well despite being used. I would recommend this seller.
Published on March 23 2011 by teachtv1
4.0 out of 5 stars Misery DVD
Great deal. It just took a little time to arrive but I would definitely do business again with this seller.
Published on March 17 2011 by Michel Doiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The scary thing about Steven King's novels is that they're not that ridiculous. This one in particular, could very well happen. Just remember the penguin always looks south.
Published on July 16 2004 by Antonio Canas
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and very original.
Misery is by far one of my favorite movies. A writer gets in a car accident and ends up being held at this crazy nurse's home. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by RafaelDsilva
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Steven King Movie Ever
One of the best psychological thrillers ever made, "Misery" is a tride and true adaption of the classic Steven King bestseller, white - knuckle tale filled with suspense... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by anthony nasti
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Mr. Sheldon? I'm Your #1 Fan!
In this really engaging story (movie), a popular novelist gets in a car accident and is rescued and privately nursed by--you guessed it--his "#1 fan" Annie at her remote... Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
4.0 out of 5 stars "Dirty birdy..."
Paul Sheldon, an author famous for his Misery Chastaine novels, always goes to the same hotel to complete his novels. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm This Movie's Number 1 Fan!
MISERY is one of those movies that gets better with each screening. A genuine edge-of-your-seat, suspense nail-biter by Rob Reiner (STAND BY ME) based on the novel by Stephen King. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
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