Misery script
Misery (1990)
Synopsis: After a serious car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, where her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers Sheldon is killing off her favorite character from his novels. As Sheldon devises plans for escape, Annie grows increasingly controlling, even violent, as she forces the author to shape his writing to suit her twisted fantasies.

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THE ROAD. Snow is piling up.

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PAUL driving confidently, carefully. Now he reaches out, ejects

the tape, expertly turns it over, pushes it in and, as the MUSIC

continues, he hums along with it.

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THE SKY. Only you can't see it.

There's nothing to see but the unending snow, nothing to hear but

the wind which keeps getting wilder.

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THE ROAD. Inches of snow on the ground now. This is desolate and

dangerous.

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PAUL, driving.

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THE SNOW. Worse.

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THE ROAD, curving sharply, dropping. A sign reads: "Curved Road,

Next 13 Miles."

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THE MUSTANG, coming into view, hitting the curve -- no problem --

no problem at all -- and then suddenly, there is a very serious

problem and as the car skids out of control --

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PAUL, doing his best, fighting the conditions and just as it looks

like he's got things going his way --

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THE ROAD, swerving down and

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THE MUSTANG, all traction gone and

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PAUL, helpless and

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THE MUSTANG, skidding, skidding and

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THE ROAD as it drops more steeply away and the wind whips the snow

across and

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THE MUSTANG starting to spin and

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THE MOUNTAINSIDE as the car skids off the road, careens down,

slams into a tree, bounces off, flips, lands upside down, skids,

stops finally, dead.

HOLD ON THE CAR A MOMENT.

There is still the sound of the WIND, and there is still the music

coming from the tape, perhaps the only part of the car left

undamaged. Nothing moves inside. There is only the WIND and the

TAPE. The wind gets louder.

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THE WRECK looked at from a distance. The MUSIC sounds are only

faintly heard.

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THE AREA WHERE THE WRECK IS -- AS SEEN FROM THE ROAD. The car is

barely visible as the snow begins to cover it.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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