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Needful things

Don’t be afraid of it, Hugh. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. (Leland Gaunt)


Year: 1993
Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Screenplay: W.D. Richter
Actors: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, …
Runtime: 120 min


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Summary of Needful Things film plot

One day Leland Gaunt comes to Castle Rock, a pleasant little town in New England and opens a store with the name “Needful Things”. The store has an item for everyone in town. But the items are not for sale. Leland asks instead for small favors in form of a prank on someone else in the town.

Soon the town drowns in hatred, jealousy, violence and murder. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn realizes that Leland Gaunt is the cause for this chaos and tries to stop him.

Main differences between film and the Stephen King book - Needful Things

  • The film is quite close to the book, but the characters are less well-developed and many of the characters were left out in the movie.
  • Sheriff Alan Pangborne isn’t really shown as a grieving husband in the movie.
  • The ending isn’t as strong in the movie as it’s in the book.

What TheDarkKing thinks about the Needful Things film

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Needful Things is a movie that you’ll either love or hate.

Many readers of the book are disappointed of the film. In his book Stephen King describes the characters of the people living in Castle Rock and their development in great detail. We get to know each and every person in great depth. This depth is of course not possible for a movie of 2 hours. Instead the director Fraser Clarke Heston decided to focus on the root of the story which is the devil that wants to destroy the town.

Max von Sydow plays the devil masterfully. He seems to be such a nice old man, and noone could possibly guess that he’s pure evil. But afterall the devil is the master of deception. Ed Harris is a strong and powerful Sheriff and Bonnie Bedelia was an intriguing Polly.

The film is really enjoyable and leaves you thinking that you’d better watch out for what you are wishing for, because you might get it in a less desirable way.

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8 Comments »

  1. October 17, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    Gav said,

    One of my fave novels. I read this over and over again when it first came out back in early 90’s. When they reported a movie was being made I was so excited. As a movie I think it’s great! When compared to the book tho, I agree that too much has been left out. The relationshiop between Alan & Polly is only skimmed upon. And the spider in her locket? It never appeared in the movie, except for a bit of scrathing. I thought Nettie was played wonderfully in the film and the fight til the death sequence between her and Wilma was hauntingly stunning! Ave Maria playing in the backround just made the whole scene so tragic. For the book 10/10, the movie 8/10, points deducted for the rushed ending.

  2. December 4, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    Missi said,

    I too loved this book and was anxiously awaiting the movie. I would rate this as one of the most awful movies made out of a wonderful book. Almost everything in it was changed from the book (such as everyone’s “needful thing”, except for Polly’s) and I don’t understand that. At one point in the movie where the whole town was just rioting outside would have made no sense to someone that had not read the book. I know it was a long book and things have to be left out, but why all the unnecessary changes.

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