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Needful Things (1993)

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A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director:

Fraser C. Heston

Writers:

Stephen King (book), W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
Ed Harris ... Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Bonnie Bedelia ... Polly Chalmers
Amanda Plummer ... Nettie Cobb
J.T. Walsh ... Danforth Keeton III
Ray McKinnon ... Deputy Norris Ridgewick
Duncan Fraser ... Hugh Priest
Valri Bromfield ... Wilma Jerzyck
Shane Meier ... Brian Rusk
William Morgan Sheppard ... Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Don S. Davis ... Reverend Rose
Campbell Lane ... Frank Jewett
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Henry Beaufort
Frank C. Turner ... Pete Jerzyck
Gillian Barber ... Myrtle Keeton
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Storyline

Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt opens the store Needful Things, he seems to have the object of desire for each dweller. He charges small amounts to the things but requests a practical joke for each of them against another inhabitant. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and Sheriff Pangborn discovers that Leland Gaunt is the devil himself. Further, Gaunt is manipulating the population like puppets exploring the weakness and greed of each person. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begærets butik See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,202,478, 29 August 1993

Gross USA:

$15,185,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,185,672
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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the novel, Gaunt is seen reading Treasure Island, and later quotes from Hamlet. Director Fraser C. Heston directed his father Charlton Heston in Treasure Island. The older Heston also played the Player King in Hamlet (1996). Amanda Plummer's father, 'Christopher Plummer, has played Hamlet himself. See more »

Goofs

Brian throws apples at the windows of a house. The fifth apple breaks the top pane of a window. It is the same window that was broken by the kid's second apple, and is a re-used shot. See more »

Quotes

Leland Gaunt: The young carpenter from Nazareth? I know him well. Promising young man. He died badly.
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Alternate Versions

On May 22, 1996, the TBS network aired a 187-minute extended edition. The extra footage includes more of the citizens of Castle Rock and their lives, namely the character of Cora Rusk, played by Lisa Blount, shown only in passing in the current version. See more »

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The best King novel ruined.
13 October 1998 | by ReagenSee all my reviews

This is by far my favourite Stephen King novel, and it was butchered. Almost nothing is like it was in the novel. The novel worked, so why change it? There were literally dozens of supporting characters cut out of the script that you cared about, and nobody had any character development. My recoMmendation, skip the movie, read the book. It's a masterpiece of dark comedy.


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