Needful Things

1993

Needful Things

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Based on a novel by horror-meister Stephen King, Needful Things is set in a tiny New England town and refers to the name of a new second hand shop that is owned by a peculiar old man who, instead of demanding money to pay for his goods, requires that customers play practical jokes on each other. It doesn't take long before simple pranks take a serious and deadly turn and soon the townsfolk are hell-bent on destroying each other while the curio shop owner looks on with devilish amusement.

Cast

Max von Sydow
as Leland Gaunt
Ed Harris
as Sheriff Alan J. Pangborn
Bonnie Bedelia
as Polly Chalmers
Amanda Plummer
as Nettie Cobb
J.T. Walsh
as Danforth Keeton III
Ray McKinnon
as Deputy Norris Ridgewick
Shane Meier
as Brian Rusk
Don S. Davis
as Reverend Rose
Campbell Lane
as Frank Jewett
Eric Schneider
as Henry Beaufort
Frank C. Turner
as Pete Jerzyk
Gillian Barber
as Myrtle Keeton
Tamsin Kelsey
as Sheila Ratcliff
Lochlyn Munro
as John LaPointe
Bill Croft
as Andy Clutterbuck
Deejay Jackson
as Eddie Warburton
Ann Warn Pegg
as Ruth Roberts
D.J. Jackson
as Eddie Warburton
Gary Paller
as George Cobb
Sarah Sawatsky
as 14 Year Old Girl
Robert Easton
as Lester Pratt
Mike Chute
as Young Hugh
Melvin Allen
as Baseball Announcer
Mel Allen
as Baseball Announcer
Trevor Denman
as Race Track Announcer
Lisa Blount
as Cora Rusk
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Critic Reviews for Needful Things

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Audience Reviews for Needful Things

  • Oct 20, 2019
    The film is okay and passes the time without being the typical Stephen King adaptation around this time. The main issue I had was the pacing and overall storyline arc. They don't make too much of the characters and it's only the interactions with the villainous new store owner that shows us anything. The film is deeply flawed, but the cast is incredible and you might find yourself liking this more than it deserves, you're not alone. I had expected this to be a complete dud, but it was interesting. I'm now eager to see if they release the longer version on video. This would be interesting to see as a longer version due to the cast and subplots. Ed Harris has a showy confrontation at the conclusion, but he is not the central figure and in that sense, is wasted. 20/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    Not one of the better Stephen King adaptations, Needful Things doesnâ(TM)t have a compelling script, characters, or mood. It has the vibe of a TV movie, with unconvincing melodrama. There is some good work to be had, especially from Ed Harris, but most of the characters lack any depth. Far from being scary, Needful Things succeeds mostly at being bland and predictable.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2011
    'Needful Things' is my least favourite King novel - if you like reading a 700-page book about pranks then it may be for you. Moreover, there's nothing to be done with the source material except hire the greatest actor ever, Max Von Sydow, as the antagonist. And when boring pranks and Sydow's brilliant performance are the only two things running the show we get one depressing movie about nothing so - considering it was directed by gun-holding douche-bag Charlton Heston's son - just bow everything up. Terrible film. Max Von Sydow: amazing. Such a shame.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    Ed Harris did a good job. ... ...
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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