Misery Movie Review

Movie Details

Rated: R

Director: Rob Reiner

Released: November 30, 1990

Runtime: 107 mins

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth

Budget: USD 20 million

Box Office: USD 61.3 million

My Thoughts

Kathy Bates gave an Award-winning Academy performance with her portrayal of Annie Wilkes. This movie does an outstanding job of bringing you directly into the world of Paul Sheldon. He has hope in the begining, but it doesn’t take him long to realize that he’s in for trouble. Sure, Annie Wilkes seems innocent enough. She rescued him from a blizzard and appeared to be doing her best to nurse him back to health. Something just isn’t right. Like, why isn’t he in a hospital? Paul has all the same questions the viewers have. This movie does a great job of building and maintaining a feeling of suspense throughout.

I truly felt for Paul when Annie spilled the wine during their dinner. I couldn’t help but think about all the effort he’d put into his plan, only to all have it all spoiled over a spilled drink. It’s one of those moments that hit me deep down in the gut. Then, It finally seems like Paul’s injuries are finally healing up a bit. He’s playing with a knife and plotting an escape. Just then, Annie appears out of nowhere to foil yet another plan. I just couldn’t help but cringe as I watched Annie place a wooden block between Paul’s feet. Car Wreck Moment! You just know what’s coming, yet you can’t bring yourself to take your eyes off the screen. Wham! Bam! Thank you, Ma’am! It seems like all hope is lost yet again. As a viewer, you’re forced to empathize with what Paul is going through. 

 Richard Farnsworth does a great job as Sheriff Buster. He cracked me up a couple of times, especially when he asks Marcia if Paul usually phones her before checking out of a hotel. HAHAHA! I was a bit saddened to see Buster have to get shot, but I wasn’t that surprised. I was more surprised at how it happened as I was expecting it when he was looking at Annie’s “writing studio.” I must admit when I saw him walk out of the house after refusing the cocoa, I thought he may get out alive. But only for a moment. I love the struggle in the scene where Paul finally gets away. You can just feel the emotion as he’s stuffing the burnt up remains of the manuscript. Annie basically forced him to write down her throat. 

This movie is thoroughly enjoyable from begining to end. I would highly recommend giving it a view. For those who have already seen it, it’s definitely good enough to watch again.

Best Quotes

“When I wrote my first book, I used to carry it around in this while I was looking for a publisher. I was a writer then.” -Paul Sheldon

“You’re still a writer.”-Marcia Sindell

“I haven’t been a writer since I got into the Misery business.” -Paul Sheldon

“I’m your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. Your gonna be just fine. I’ll take good care of you. I’m your number one fan.” -Annie Wilkes

“How come I’m not in the hospital?” -Paul Sheldon

“Your shoulder was pretty badly dislocated. It was a little stubborn, but I finally popped it back in. What I’m most proud of is the work I did on those legs. Considering what I had around the house, I don’t think there’s a doctor that could’ve done any better. ” -Annie Wilkes

“Well I don’t know, does he usually phone ya before he checks out of a hotel?” -Sheriff Buster

“You! You dirty bird. How could you! She can’t be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN cannot be DEAD!” -Annie Wilkes

“I thought you were good, Paul. But you’re not good. You’re just another lying old dirty birdy.” -Annie Wilkes

“And don’t even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. ‘Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you’re here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die…you die.” -Annie Wilkes

“Great. I always wanted to visit the other side of the room.” -Paul Sheldon

“You do understand that this is not the ordinary way in which books get written. I mean, some people might actually consider this an oddball situation.” -Paul Sheldon

“This isn’t what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn’t fair! He didn’t get out of the COCK- A-DOODIE CAR!” -Annie Wilkes

“I have this gun. Sometimes I think about using it. I better go now. I might put bullets in it.” -Annie Wilkes

“Paul,..my little ceramic penguin in the study always faces due south.” -Annie Wilkes

“I know you’ve been out twice, Paul. At first, I couldn’t figure out how you did it. But, last night, I found your key.” -Annie Wilkes

“Last night, it came so clear. I realize you just need more time. Eventually, you’ll come to accept the idea of being here.” -Annie Wilkes

“The operation was called hobbling.” -Annie Wilkes

“Annie, whatever you’re thinking about doing, please don’t do it.” -Paul Sheldon

“Almost done. Just one more.” -Annie Wilkes

“I don’t think I’ll ever understand you. I cook your meals, I tend to you practically 24 hours a day, and you continue to fight me. When are we going to develop a sense of trust?” -Annie Wilkes

“Now our time in this world must end. But don’t worry, Paul. I’ve prepared for what must be done. I put two bullets in my gun. One for you and one for me. Oh, darling, it’ll be so beautiful.” -Annie Wilkes

“You want it? You want it? Eat it! Eat it till ya choke, you sick, twisted fuck.” -Paul Sheldon

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