Needful Things (film)

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Needful Things
Needful Things Move Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fraser C. Heston
Produced by Jack Cummins
Screenplay by W.D. Richter
Based on Needful Things 
by Stephen King
Starring Max von Sydow
Ed Harris
Bonnie Bedelia
J. T. Walsh
Amanda Plummer
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Tony Westman
Edited by Rob Kobrin
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates August 27, 1993
Running time 120 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office $15,185,672 (USA)

Needful Things 1993 horror film, and an adaptation of Stephen King's 1991 novel Needful Things. The film was directed by Fraser C. Heston. It stars Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia and J. T. Walsh.


A mysterious proprietor named Leland Gaunt, claiming to be from Akron, Ohio,[1] opens a new antiques store called "Needful Things" in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The store sells various items of great personal worth to the residents (some of which, like a pendant that eases pain or a toy which predicts the outcome of horse races, are clearly supernatural), and Gaunt demands payment both in cash and in small "favors", usually pranks played by his customers on their neighbors. Gaunt seems to have an innate knowledge of the townspeople and their history, and the pranks exploit their previous rivalries and prejudices, causing them to attack each other. When the normally peaceful townsfolk begin to commit acts of violence and murder, Sheriff Alan Pangborn investigates Gaunt and becomes convinced that his machinations are the source of the unrest. Gaunt is revealed to be the Devil, traveling from place to place, manipulating people into destroying themselves. Acting primarily through a corrupt boat salesman and gambler named Danforth Keeton, Gaunt succeeds in sparking a riot in the town square.

Pangborn manages to stop the violence before the town destroys itself, and the townspeople admit their pranks, exposing Gaunt's web of manipulation. Keeton, despondent at the death of his wife earlier in the film, blows up Needful Things with Gaunt inside. Defeated, the mysteriously impervious Gaunt emerges completely unharmed from the burning wreckage of his store, predicts he will encounter Pangborn's grandson in 2053, exclaims "Bob will be his name", then departs, presumably to continue his vicious, evil work. He leaves in the same sinister black car (revealed as similarly supernaturally indestructible in the extended cut), in which he arrived at the beginning of the film.



  1. ^ "Official website of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.". 2002-08-27. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 

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