Needful Things

Needful Things

Director: Fraser C. Heston Cast: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia


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Satan opens an antique shop in a small town and lures the residents into evil actions in this supernatural chiller. Based on a novel by the prolific Stephen King, the film bears many of the author's trademarks, such as the New England setting and the focus on regular people tempted by the forces of supernatural evil. Here, the enticements toward bad behavior comes from the "Needful Things" shop, owned by new resident Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). Gaunt's shop offers an odd collection of goods, each of which happens to be the object of desire of a local resident. Instead of money, however, Gaunt demands that townspeople perform a series of simple pranks. He has a plan, and these actions escalate until the town is at violent war with itself. The residents are brought to life by a talented cast, led by von Sydow's suave devil and including Ed Harris as the local sheriff, J.T. Walsh as a corrupt politician, and Amanda Plummer as a seemingly innocent baker.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2015
UPC: 0738329163426
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 18,124

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Fraser C. Heston; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow Leland Gaunt
Ed Harris Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Bonnie Bedelia Polly Chambers
Amanda Plummer Nettie Cobb
J.T. Walsh Danforth Keeton III
Ray McKinnon Deputy Norris Ridgewick
Duncan Fraser Hugh Priest
Valri Bromfield Wilma Jerzyk
Shane Meier Brian Rusk
Stuart Aikins Actor
Mary Gail Artz Actor
Barbara Cohen Actor
Lochlyn Munro John LaPointe
Don S. Davis Reverend Rose
Campbell Lane Frank Jewett
Eric Schneider Henry Beaufort
Frank C. Turner Pete Jerzyk
Gillian Barber Myrtle Keeton
Deborah Wakeham Myra
Tamsin Kelsey Sheila Ratcliff
Bill Croft Andy Clutterbuck
D.J. Jackson Eddie Warburton
Gary Paller George Cobb
Sarah Sawatsky 14 Year Old Girl
Robert Easton Lester Pratt
Melvin Allen Baseball Announcer
William Morgan Sheppard Father Meehan
Lisa Blount Cora Rusk

Technical Credits
Fraser C. Heston Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Eric Batut Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Brand Asst. Director
Barbara Cohen Casting
Lawrence Cohen Screenwriter
Sandy Cooper Makeup
Jack Cummins Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre Set Decoration/Design
Sheila Haley Art Director
Douglas Higgins Production Designer
Rob Kobrin Editor
Gordon Mark Associate Producer
Gary Paller Special Effects
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
Tony Westman Cinematographer
Peter Yates Executive Producer

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3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this theatrical version that deletes more than an hour of great footage and storyline that truly makes the full-length version dramatically superior to this butchered version. I'm sure Mr. King was also disappointed in this "theatrical" version... which is why it didn't do well in theaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie worth seeing for all Stephen King fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was actually a good movie, which came as a shock to me. I've read every Stephen King book in the past four years, and seen a number of the movies, and my experience has not been good. More often than not, the story ends up getting mauled. I refer you to It and Cujo. Carrie was very good, but like Needful Things, seemed to be the exception rather than the rule. First off, Leland Gaunt is not Satan. He is clearly a Long-Time being ( if you've read Insomnia you'll at least have an inkling to what I mean), and quite a hardy one, at that, but he is not the prince of darkness. They omitted a few characters entirely from the book, but I think this worked out well for simplicity's sake. I also enjoyed the ending of the movie differently thant that of the book, the way Gaunt steps out of the fire and departs with an air of ' Well, if you're going to be THAT way, I'll just leave.' Several important elements were left out, like the spider-type inside Polly's locket, but this was compensated for by the EXCELLENT adaptation of the climactic knife-fight between Wilma Jerzyk and Nettie Cobb. I always pictured Brian a good deal younger, and the whole suicide thing could have made more sense if they had included his mother and brother, as their actions put more and more stress on him. Overall, an excellent movie, but read the book first, so you can point out all the foibles the filmmakers made.