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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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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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Based on the bestseller from Stephen King See more »


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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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$5,202,478 (USA) (29 August 1993)

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$15,185,672 (USA)
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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

In the first scene with the Mercedes-Benz 300 old-timer, the (brake) lights of the filming car is visible in the chrome of the bumper. See more »

Quotes

Buster: I just killed my wife. Is that bad?
Leland: Hey, these things happen.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VIII (1997) See more »

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In The Hall Of The Mountain King
From Peer Gynt Suite
Composed by Edvard Grieg (as Edvard Hagerut Grieg)
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Faust revisited
1 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that this film is based on yet another Stephen King novel, it is worth watching -- especially for the performance by Max von Sydow as the "old boy himself."

I watched the "director's cut" once on TV that had many scenes in it which were cut from the theatrical version. None of the restored scenes was especially good. It is interesting to note that practically every moment of Max von Sydow's performance is in both versions. He holds the screen with every sly look, every smooth utterance. He is a true joy to watch in this retelling of the Fause legend. It proves what a wonderful actor he is -- he has played Jesus (THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD), Ming the Merciless (FLASH GORDON), and many other parts. Playing the Devil allows him to chew the scenery in grand style.


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