Leland Gaunt

Discussion in 'Needful Things' started by Neesy, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Neesy

    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

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    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.

    Robert J.A. New Member

    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

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    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

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

    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

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    He was . . .but he had his moments . . .

    I've been here a long, long time . . .was here before J.D.
  7. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr Man

    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

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    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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  9. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

  10. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Never thought about JD playing LeLand, but you are spot on with your comparison. Wow!
  11. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny, 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 ♥
  12. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    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

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Yep . . .
  14. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I was going to watch it tonite for the Halloween Marathon. Worth it?
    Just re read the book.

    Its between that and this 1944 movie called "The Uninvited" - Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey (whomever they are) The description calls it a superb movie......
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  16. Neesy

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

    I just watched some truly bad movie called "the Clown Killers" with John Candy from 1976 on-line. Wow
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  17. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I love the movie!
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  18. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Just Purr-fect

    Needful Things is in my top 5 King adaptations. I like it more than The Green Mile, honestly. Great cast, great scenes, great score. A lot of the novel is left out (he said sadly) but it retains the dark humor feel of the written word. Definitely worth watching at least once.
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  19. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    THE movie adaptations have (as a whole) been so bad that I stopped even looking for them for a long time. This year is the first time I knew there were even movies of Dreamcatcher, Needful Things, and Desperation. If I was join to watch one, it would probably be Needful things, because of the cast.
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  20. mcpon14

    mcpon14 Well-Known Member

    I would definitely recommend it, although I didn't like it that they took out Ace.
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