Misery | 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Main Plot

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.


  • James Caan's character in Misery is Paul Sheldon, a famous novelist who becomes trapped and tortured by his obsessed fan.
  • Kathy Bates' character is Annie Wilkes in Misery, who is a deranged fan who kidnaps and tortures a famous author.
  • Richard Farnsworth's character in Misery is Sheriff Buster, who helps investigate the disappearance of author Paul Sheldon.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Misery, Paul manages to outwit his captor, Annie, by manipulating her with a false manuscript. He then brutally attacks her, eventually killing her in self-defense. With Annie dead, Paul is finally free from his torment and is rescued by the local authorities. He returns to society, but the traumatic events he endured continue to haunt him. Paul eventually publishes a new novel, which becomes a success, but he remains haunted by his past experiences with Annie, forever changed by the horrors he endured.

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Rob Reiner James Caan Kathy Bates Richard Farnsworth