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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was spoofed at-length for an episode of Rick & Morty (s1, ep9), in which Rick challenges an evil-shopkeeper who gives objects to people and has them pay a terrible and ironic price with each object. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Sheriff Pangborn comes to the door of the "Dot" Restaurant. He has a band-aid around his index finger. When he gets inside of the restaurant, the band-aid has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Nettie Cobb: You killed my doggy, you bitch!
Wilma: You broke my microwave, you crazy fuck!
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A man buys a first edition, signed copy of Treasure Island by 'Robert Louis Stevenson', and a girl steals it. Subsequently, both refer to the title as Huck Finn by Mark Twain. The goof remains in the theatrical and TV versions, but in the video and DVD releases, his words are dubbed over to correct the mistake. See more »

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Great Balls Of Fire
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Hell Breaks Loose in a Nice Place to Live and Grow
21 March 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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