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So you like hobbling people, huh?! How about I hobble your face?!

  • Paul burning the manuscript in front of Annie while taunting her about how good it is. Of course, he was bluffing, but after spending the entire book at her mercy, the poor guy deserved to defeat the psycho.
    Paul: [tauntingly shows her the burnt pages] You want this? Then EAT IT! [shoves the paper down her throat] Eat it till you choke, YOU SICK, TWISTED FUCK!
    • To say nothing of the ensuing struggle; after getting beat on the head with a typewriter twice over, her arm set on fire, her nose broken, eyes almost gouged out, her scalp almost ripped off, choked with the charred remains of her dream novel and ultimately having her face caved in with a doorstop, it's safe to say Annie got a good idea of all the horrors she'd put Paul through. (Ironically, it was the typewriter to the head that killed her; it caused a brain hemorrhage, and so she was a dead woman walking without knowing it.)
      • Even better in the book, as he'd only put the cover page on the top, while the rest of the pile were blank sheets of paper, allowing him to publish his best story yet after the ordeal was over.
  • Likewise, the build-up to said scene-
    Paul: Remember how for all those years, nobody knew who Misery's real father was? Or if they'd ever be reunited? [shows her the manuscript] It's all right here. Does she finally marry Ian, or will it be Winthorne? It's all right here. [Reveals a lighter in one hand, and sets fire to the manuscript in the other]
    Annie: Paul, YOU CAN'T!
    Paul: [Smirks] Why not? I learned it from you.
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  • This film is to date the only Stephen King adaptation to win an Oscar. Yes, even among such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and Reiner's own Stand by Me.
  • King was actually so impressed by Kathy Bates' performance that he wrote Dolores Claiborne specifically so she could play the title character in a film adaptation.


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