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Misery (movie)

1990 film based on the novel directed by Rob Reiner

Misery is a 1990 American psychological horror thriller movie set in Colorado. It is based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name. The movie stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Frances Sternhagen, and Richard Farnsworth. It was directed by Rob Reiner.

Directed byRob Reiner
Produced byRob Reiner
Andrew Scheinman
Jeffrey Stott
Steve Nicolaides
Screenplay byWilliam Goldman
Based onBook:
Stephen King
StarringJames Caan
Kathy Bates
Lauren Bacall
Richard Farnsworth
Frances Sternhagen
Music byMarc Shaiman
CinematographyBarry Sonnenfeld
Edited byRobert Leighton
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[1]

Bates plays an abusive woman psychopath who imprisons and tortures a novelist (Caan) in her rural home. She does this after he accidentally crashes his car and she pretends that she is going to look after him until he recovers from his injuries.

Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie was well received by critics and audiences. King has stated that Misery is one of his top ten favorite movie adaptations.[2]


  1. Box Office Information for Misery. The Wrap. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  2. Stephen King, Stephen King Goes To The Movies, page 579 (Hodder & Stoughton, 2009). ISBN 978-0-340-98030-9