Saturday, May 27, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Dir. Rob Reiner. 1990. 107 mins. 35mm. With James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall. Famous for his imposing presence and strapping physique, James Caan spends close to the duration of Misery physically broken and detained, subjected to everything from imprisoning idolatry to femur-cracking punishment. Adapted from the Stephen King novel, Caan plays Paul Sheldon, a famous author rescued from a snowy car crash by shut-in superfan Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). As his protracted convalescence finally nears an end, Wilkes becomes increasingly, and sadistically, unwilling to let him go. While Bates took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her hilarious and terrifying turn, Caan plays the perfect foil, the embodiment of a writer whose scorn for his own readers lies just beneath a beneficent surface.
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