Misery

Continuity mistake: When Buster and his wife Virginia, first get in their 4x4 truck to head down the road, they discover that broken tree limb. Before he yells "stop!", the only part of the road not covered in snow is the tire tracks. After he walks back up the hill (and Annie drives by), the road has no snow on it.

Continuity mistake: Early in the movie there is a closeup of the typewriter as Paul is writing an early chapter in his Misery book for Anne. In one of the final scenes, as Paul is finishing the last chapter, there is a closeup of the typewriter. It is the exact same text as was written early in the movie, even the word "and" without the "n."

Continuity mistake: When Paul types "what else was there...?" on his typewriter, it is all on one line in a closeup. In the next shot it is on two separate lines when he writes "The End."

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Continuity mistake: When Paul hops out of bed after Annie yells at him for killing Misery, you can see his legs move in the braces several times, even though they should be immobile.

Continuity mistake: When the two main characters are having dinner together, the food on the plates varies in the amount that is eaten - a lot is gone, and then the original amount of food is back again. A bun on the table also goes through this obvious splicing of different takes, and moves around the table, seemingly unaided.

Continuity mistake: When Annie and Paul are having dinner together, Paul pours her a glass of wine. As he is doing so, a few drops spill on the cloth covering the table. The camera then cuts to Annie. As it cuts back to Paul, the few drops of spilt wine are gone. Later, they come back.

Continuity mistake: When Annie arrives with the tray with champagne etc Sheldon's newest chapter is placed next to his typewriter leaning one way, but in the next clip they are leaning the other way.

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Continuity mistake: After Paul burns the manuscript on the grill, Annie begins to take it out of the room after pouring water on it. In the shot in the room, the grill is smoking, but in the shot from the doorway, the papers have suddenly stopped smoking and there is no smoke anywhere else in the room.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Paul falls down the basement stairs we see a shot with a case of "Canadian" beer behind his head. In another shot the case is covered up with a blanket.

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon has knocked Annie out the first time you see a view of the room. But the ash is in a neat pile and not spread out as it would have been after he grabbed some of it and stuffed it in her mouth.

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Continuity mistake: When Annie refills her wine glass when having the toast, the amount of wine poured changes from under a third to about three quarters between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When we see one wideshot of Annie's house, we can see her car parked in the driveway. But in the next shot we see Paul's face being hit by the headlights of her vehicle, which is just pulling in.

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Continuity mistake: When it starts to snow, and Paul puts the windshield wipers on, the rate that they swing differs between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Buster parks his car outside Annie's house and is then shot inside her home. Then in a following wideshot of Annie's house, the car has vanished...

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene, where Paul just finishes his book, the typewriter he is on seems to change from a big, old typewriter to a newer, small electric one.

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Continuity mistake: When Annie Wilkes is shaving Paul Sheldon, when she is almost done she stops shaving and talks to him about something briefly. Before she stops talking there is still some shaving cream under his nose. Then when the camera goes back to Sheldon, after she's done talking, there is no shaving cream under his nose.

Revealing mistake: When Paul goes through Annie's scrapbook, a fast reader may notice that several newspaper clippings (although having different headlines and being based on separate events), have the exact same story underneath. The text has simply been repeated, rather than a new report being created for each story.

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Annie Wilkes: God came to me last night and told me your purpose for being here. I am going to help you write a new book.
Paul Sheldon: You think I can just whip one out?
Annie Wilkes: Oh, but I don't think Paul, I know.

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Trivia: There was a scene filmed in which Annie Wilkes runs over a younger police officer with a lawnmower, but it was cut because the director thought audiences would laugh at it.

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Suggested correction: The incident that this question is referring to is in the book - it was never added in the movie. Annie kills the young cop with her lawnmower. It was left out of the movie because the director didn't want the audience to hate the actress Kathy Bates, also which is why he had her use a sledgehammer instead of cutting off his feet.

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Question: Is there any reference to where Annie Wilkes goes at night when she is angry or depressed?

Answer: According to the book, she goes to what she calls her "laughing place" (itself a reference to the Disney movie "Song of the South" in which brer rabbit sings about having a "laughing place. A "laughing place" is where he goes when he's feeling blue, to cheer himself up. We can presume Annie has some cabin or clearing in the woods where she has made her own "laughing place.

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