A "heart-stopping psychological thriller" (Joel Siegel) this Academy Award®-winning* film is "one of the best horror movies" (Time) ever. Adapted from a Stephen King story by Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman (All the President's Men) and directed by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men), this chiller starring Kathy Bates (Titanic) and James Caan (The Godfather), is "a Hitchcockian kind of cat-and-mouse" (The New York Times) gameplayed between two cunning mindsone as sharp as a tack and the other as blunt as a sledgehammer. Novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) doesn't remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. Nor does he remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. All he remembers iswaking up in the home of Annie Wilkes (Bates)a maniacal fan who is bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his "cock-a-doodie" life!
Cast & Crew
Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.
Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.
A skillfully pared-down (if psychologically thin) horror thriller.
It is a good story, a natural, and it grabs us.
Kathy Bates has a gift for playing cheerily hostile, paranoid misfits.