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Needful Things
Needful Things
Actors: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh
Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     2hr 0min

Stephen King adaptations are strictly hit-or-miss propositions, and this supernatural thriller from 1993 is definitely a "miss," based on one of King's lesser novels and starring Max von Sydow as the evil proprietor of a s...  more »


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Actors: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh
Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Creators: Tony Westman, Rob Kobrin, Gordon Mark, Jack Cummins, Peter Yates, Stephen King, W.D. Richter
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Polygram Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/22/1998
Original Release Date: 08/27/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 08/27/1993
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: French
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Movie Reviews

Why don't they release the extended edition?
Michael Littlefield | 09/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen two versions of "Needful Things" the regular theatrical cut which runs at about 113 minutes and the extended edition that used to play on TNT (which is actually better) that has a running time of about 175 minutes, the full program with commercials was about 4 hours long.

Where this version fails is that the character development is rushed and they focus more on the "deeds" than what the book does. The novel itself is very excellent and the first part allows the characters to be developed. Part two of the novel is left to the "deeds" and part three focuses on the chaos that results and the aftermath.

However, in the movie, the "deeds" and the chaos and not on the characters nor the aftermath. I think that "Needful Things" could be put on film, as long as it's a three part miniseries and not just one movie.

However, this film does have some good things about it, the main good thing is Max von Syndow's performance (although when I read the book I imagined someone like Christopher Lee). Another good thing is how accurate to the book that the "deeds" were carried out.

Some may say that this is the worst Stephen King adaptation, but I can think of a couple that are worse: Dreamcatcher, Graveyard Shift, Thinner, and Tommyknockers. This one, is only fifth worse."
The extended version is the one to hope for.
M. Daneker | Spinnerstown, Pa USA | 09/20/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There's at least a 3hr version of this film, most likely longer, it aired on television and cable, at 4rhs with commercials and with the R rated material edited.

This version is okay, but it's cut down to the bare bones of the plot(s) for time and space. The longer version has never been seen on video, but we can hope!"
A fun movie to watch.
LUCIEN LESSARD | Canada. | 03/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In the first month of 2000. I saw the Director`s Cut of the film adding one hour of additonal footage, it had one character, we saw her in the 120 mins version needful things, but only briefly as Brain Rusk Mother played by Lisa Blount as Cora Rusk. Inculding a different opening, a car chased scene with Ed Harris and Max Von Sydow. For sure they cut a few gory scenes but is worth it waiting for a Widescreen Director`s Cut on DVD, also i wish, they add Audio Commentary, that will be great for a Stephen King Fan. Who Knows, they show it on television. I seen it on TBS SuperStation. That Version earn 4½ Stars Or maybe Five Stars, if i seen it again."
A Great Film wasted
Grant Gooding | Indianpolis, IN United States | 07/06/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The original Needful Things was an hour longer than it appears on this DVD. Also, there is no widescreen version that is produced. This is probably the best adaptation of a Stephen King book ever brought to film, but it has not yet been deemed profitable enough to put any effort into the produciton of the DVD. The movie itself is superb (for its genre), 3 and 1/2 stars easy. However, this is one of the most shoddily made DVDs that I have ever seen. It is simply not worth buying."