January 24, 2012
20th Century Fox
Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is disabled after a terrible car crash and is helped to safety by his "Number One Fan" Annie Wilkes. But when she discovers that he has killed off her favorite character Misery Chastain in his newest novel and plans to write "serious" works from now on, she holds him hostage and terrorizes him into writing a new book, one that will resurrect her beloved Misery.
In this chilling adaptation of a Stephen King story a romance novelist loses control of his car during a snowstorm in the Rockies and is rescued by a nurse who happens to be his "No.1 Fan." Recovering in her home he turns from patient to prisoner as his savior proves to be psychotically deranged. Academy Awards: Best Actress-- Kathy Bates.
"Misery" is director Rob Reiner's second Stephen King adaptation. The first was the 1986 film "Stand By Me," based on the short story "The Body."
Shot in Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Los Angeles, California, in CFI color.
Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times November 30, 1990.
Budget estimate $21 million. Began 2nd unit photography late January 1990 and principal shooting on February 20, 1990; completing May 31, 1990. Released in USA November 30, 1990. Released on video July 11, 1991.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
Titles and opticals by Pacific Title.