Writers – Ella Lefland (novel) and Diane Ladd (screenplay)
Stars – Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern,
Kelly Preston and Shelley Winters
“EMOTIONAL WALLOP. An uproarious love story of bitter heartache and sweet revenge. ‘Harold and Maude’ meets ‘Misery’ in this unpredictable crossfire of love and rage. DIRECTING-WRITING DEBUT OF THREE-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE DIANE LADD. TERRIFIC DIALOGUE! STUNNING BREATHTAKING FILM. LADD IS GRISLY FUNNY IN THE TITLE ROLE, and the film is surprisingly effective as psychodrama, getting a special bite out of the casting of Lass’s own real ex-husband, BRUCE DERN, WHO STARS WITH A MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE in the part of the captive male. BOTH ACTORS SHOULD RECEIVE A NOMINATION PIERCING PERFORMANCES BY A SUPERB SUPPORTING CAST: SHELLEY WINTERS AND KELLY PRESTON… ‘MRS MUNCK’ in it’s own way, successfully mines some of the same terrain as ‘The Bridges of Madison County!’ Of the years (200 FILMS) AT THIS FESTIVAL ONE OF THIS REVIEWER’S TEN PERSONAL FAVORITES!”
– WILLIAM ARNOLD
Seattle Post Intelligence
"Ladd majestically sweeps away any questions about her ability. We're left to wonder only whether she is more impressive as a director, writer, star or casting agent. HER DIRECTION IS CLEVER AND SMOOTH AND HER PORTRAYAL OF 'MRS. MUNCK' IS STUNNING."
"A love story. All the qualities of a typical big budget Hollywood movie…Diane Ladd has made a stylish powerful film."
"The big SURPRISE is the way Misery turns into Harold and Maude! SENSITIVE! TOUCHING! Just the thing for which we have all been yelling! A FILM that WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY and THINK!"
"PROVOKED A POWERFUL AUDIENCE RESPONSE…this film could point a new direction for independent film makers."
"THIS REVIEWER hasn't been made to feel so personally VULNERABLE since WOODY ALLEN'S Husband and Wives! LADD, BRILLIANT! DERN, a performance of A LIFETIME! KELLY PRESTON - EXQUISITE! SHELLY WINTERS - NATIONAL TREASURE! BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, DREAMLIKE & TOUCHING! A FILM one EXPERIENCES rather than just watches!"