Leland Gaunt

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  1. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I need to watch this movie. I just found out Max von Sydow played Leland Gaunt. The book was quite good and probably the movie won't be as good but I think I should watch this some time. Max plays a great 'bad guy'
  2. 91rewoT
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    I really enjoyed this book - but I'm always leery of the movie adaptations...(hated The Shining)...but Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt?! I could see that!
  3. Robert J.A.
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    I actually enjoyed the movie for what it was, it had a decent line up of a cast and Max Von Sydow was completely enjoyable in it as to be expected.
  4. MadamMack
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    I have always found him to be so intriguing and I felt he played Leland so very well. I also used to think of (our beloved) J.D. as Leland
  5. Neesy
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    Reaally? I thought Leland Gaunt was an evil man - in the end did he not more or less turn into Satan and fly away on a horse (or something equally strange?) J.D. (although I never knew him) seemed to be a kind person from what I have read of his posts
  6. MadamMack
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    He was . . .but he had his moments . . .

    I've been here a long, long time . . .was here before J.D.
  7. DiO'Bolic
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    Max von Sydow was a great casting choice for Leland Gaunt. I really enjoy diabolic movie characters played well. It was one of my all time favorite movie adaptations of a Stephen King character. Would love to see a sequel made with von Sydow, but they would have to hurry it along. What is Max, like about 100 now?

    (Don't know which I like more, Leland Guant or Dick Cheney. ;))
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  8. FlakeNoir
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    I thought he looked a lot like JD too!
    JD would definitely have been the first to admit that like everybody else on the planet, he was no Angel... :) he had a very impish side to him as well.
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  10. Spideyman
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    Never thought about JD playing LeLand, but you are spot on with your comparison. Wow!
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  11. Sundrop
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    Sundrop the Great & Wonderful

    I enjoyed the movie. Max was an excellent choice for Leland Gaunt

    .....I'll refrain from commenting on the comparison of JD ♥
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  12. doowopgirl
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    While Max was great casting, and most of the casting was good, IMO the movie was a major car crash. My least favorite adaptation.
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  13. MadamMack
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    Yep . . .
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  14. Sunlight Gardener
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    Von Sydow was a fantastic Leland Gaunt. I also really liked Ed Harris as Alan Pangborn. Whatever the movie lacked, I thought the casting was good at least in those two instances.
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