The Film: Misery (1990)
The Film Thief: (Kathy Bates (Annie Wilkes)
Heist Moment: Everyone remembers the hobbling scene, but the genius of Annie is also in the buildup.
Bates is pitch perfect as the enthusiastic, ingratiating super fan to James Caan's neurotic novelist, Paul Sheldon.
It's a performance of layers and poised mannerisms and for all his roguish charm and power, Caan can't match her.
Memorable Line: “God I love you.” This, mind, shortly after she's smashed his ankles with a sledgehammer.
Tea-Leaf Trivia: In original cut of the film, there's a scene where Bates kills a cop by running him over with a lawnmower.
She was disappointed to see it edited out, but director Rob Reiner thought it would only get laughs.
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