27 August 2012 by Giulia Allione
MISERY is a psychological thriller film.
Based on a Stephen King‘s 1987 novel of the same name, it was shot in 1990 and directed by Rob Reiner.
The movie opens with the best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon (played by James Caan) that has just finished his new book and leaves the Hotel Boulderado in Colorado to drive to Los Angeles where his manager works. While Sheldon is driving in the mountains, a big snowstorm happens making him drive off a cliff and crash upside down into a snow bank. But fortunately his “number one fan” Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates) was there to rescue him…
This scene is when Annie finds out misery is dead and she gets…a bit upset with Paul! It is not an easy monologue at all, the actress has to be very good in changing mood and intention, but remaining always psychologically insane.
The movie received critical acclaim for Bates’ massive performance as the psychopathic Annie Wilkes. The film was ranked #12 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments (a television documentary miniseries about the 100 most frightening and disturbing moments in the history of movies) and Kathy Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Hereafter the words and the video!
So check this out and stay tuned…as every Monday I will post a “female movie monologue” hoping that this can make it easier for us girls!
Annie Wilkes: YOU! YOU DIRTY BIRD, HOW COULD YOU! She can’t be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN CANNOT BE DEAD!
(Paul Sheldon: Annie, in 1871, women often died during childbirth. But her SPIRIT is the important thing, and Misery’s spirit is still alive)
Annie Wilkes: I DON’T WANT HER SPIRIT! I WANT HER! AND YOU MURDERED HER!
(Paul Sheldon: No… I didn’t.
Annie Wilkes: WHO DID?
Paul Sheldon: No one! She… she died! She just slipped away!)
Annie Wilkes: SLIPPED AWAY! SLIPPED AWAY? SHE DIDN’T JUST SLIP AWAY! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU MURDERED MY MISERY! I thought you were good Paul… but you’re not good. You’re just another lying ol’ dirty birdy. And I don’t think I better be around you for a while. And don’t even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. ‘Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you’re here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die… you die.
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