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'
     
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  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!
     
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  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.
     
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  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
     
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  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
     
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  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.
     
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  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

    :biglove:....JD
     
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  10. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member


    Never thought about JD playing LeLand, but you are spot on with your comparison. Wow!
     
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  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 ♥
     
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  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.
     
  13. MadamMack

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Yep . . .
     
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  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.
     
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  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......
     
  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 Accent a droite

    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.
     
  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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