Misery is an American feature film of the horror genre. It is based on a novel written by author Stephen King. The movie was directed by Rob Reiner with a script written by William Goldman. It was presented by Castle Rock Entertainment in association with Nelson Entertainment. It premiered theatrically in the United States on November 30th, 1990. The movie stars James Caan as Paul Sheldon - a romance writer who has made a successful career for himself by writing books about a female protagonist named Misery Chastain. One night, Paul is an automobile accident, but is rescued by Annie Wilkes, played by Kathy Bates, who also happens to be Paul's number one fan. Annie brings Paul to her home where he hopes to heal from two broken legs. Sheldon quickly learns to his horror however, that his "number one fan" is not only nursing him, but many dark secrets as well.