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Needful Things (1993)

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.

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Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
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Deputy Norris Ridgewick
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Hugh Priest
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Father Meehan (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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Henry Beaufort
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Myrtle Keeton
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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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27 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,202,478, 29 August 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,185,672
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Trivia

For its release in Germany the film's title was changed to "In einer kleinen Stadt", meaning "In A Small Town". This title was also used for the German version of the novel. See more »

Goofs

There are inconsistencies in how Polly's arthritis is portrayed. When she introduces herself to Mr. Gaunt, she says she doesn't shake hands; later, she is unable to put on the silver charm; and the degree of her pain is frequently alluded to in dialog. However, she is shown carrying a nearly full coffee pot, carrying a cup and saucer, holding a phone receiver: a person with advanced arthritis would be unable to do any of those things. See more »

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[Alan is trying to break up an argument between Deputy Norris and Danforth]
Alan: You know, guys, I moved here and I thought, Great! I'm outta the big city and I'm finally in a place where everybody isn't gonna be crawling up everybody's asshole every day! A place where maybe my biggest nightmare is gonna be getting some goddamn cat out of a tree! But forget that! EVERYBODY IS INSANE, EVERYWHERE!
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My Favourite Things
Written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Hell Breaks Loose in a Nice Place to Live and Grow
21 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Castle Rock, New England, is a nice place to live and grow and Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris) moves from the big city to the town expecting a quiet life. When Leland Gaunt (Max Von Sydow) 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.

"Needful Things" is a horror movie with black humor with a story of greed and evilness. Max Von Sydow has a great performance and his personification of evil is scary. There are interesting characters and situations and this movie is entertaining and surprisingly underrated. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Trocas Macabras" ("Macabre Exchanges")


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