Needful Things (1993)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

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  • Ed Harris in Needful Things (1993)
  • J.T. Walsh and Max von Sydow in Needful Things (1993)
  • Max von Sydow in Needful Things (1993)
  • Max von Sydow in Needful Things (1993)
  • Shane Meier in Needful Things (1993)
  • Ed Harris and Bonnie Bedelia in Needful Things (1993)

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13 February 2012 | TransAtlantyk
| Max on Sydow saves this King adaptation
I'm not a big Stephen King fan but the premise to this story is just great. It should make for a great film but for some reason the film disappoints. Not terribly but you feel like you should have gotten more.

Enter Max von Sydow. The man is an absolute pleasure to watch in any film he is in and no matter how long he appears in a given film it is better for his involvement. Without question one of the world's greatest actors of the twentieth century. This is obviously not his best role but he lends a wonderful Old World charm to this American story, his turn as the shopkeeper saves this movie from being low- quality and brings it up to a decent spooky story.

I have heard that the TBS version is much better as it feature more characterization (what I found to be the weakest part of the film) but I have not seen it. If anyone has any idea where to acquire it please leave a comment.

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This is not a factual error on the part of "Polly" or the director(s) of the film. People with arthritic hands very often won't shake hands due to the unpredictability of the grip used by the other party. Squeezing the knuckles together, as is done in a handshake, can be excruciatingly painful to the arthritic and has no bearing on whether that same person might be able to lift and pour coffee from a pot.

Original post: There are inconsistencies in how Polly's arthritis is portrayed. When she introduces herself to Mr. Gaunt, she says she doesn't shake hands; later, she is unable to put on the silver charm; and the degree of her pain is frequently alluded to in dialog. However, she is shown carrying a nearly full coffee pot, carrying a cup and saucer, holding a phone receiver: a person with advanced arthritis would be unable to do any of those things.

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