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The Shining (1980)

R | | Drama, Horror | 23 May 1980 (USA)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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Storyline

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. Written by J. S. Golden

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film's aspect ratio has always been 1.35:1 full screen, if filmed or viewed in 1.85:1 wide-screen the viewer will only see empty space and/or in some cases set pieces and props that would never be allowed in the shot, it was never specified why Stanley Kubrick filmed in full screen but some theories range from an artistic reason; by cramming as much of the action in the center of the frame as possible to give a "claustrophobic" feeling and add to the tension,to a personal belief that the film would just be cropped anyway into 1.35:1 for broadcast on television and any important imagery or scenery would be lost forever after the theatrical release anyway,(home video was not widely available at the time and even after it became popular it wasn't until the advent of DVD format where films preserved in their original aspect ratio) this is why the back of the DVD release says "full aspect ratio of the original camera negative,as Stanley Kubrick intended." as opposed to "This film has been modified from its original version, it has been formatted to fit your TV" it has never been formatted or modified at all. See more »

Goofs

When Jack enters Mr. Ullman's office for the interview, you can see Kubrick's head and a crew member reflected in the window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Torrance: Hi, I've got an appointment with Mr. Ullman. My name is Jack Torrance.
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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening titles are also the only instance in any Kubrick film where scrolling credits, rather than title cards, are used. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's All Forgotten Now
(uncredited)
Written by Ray Noble
Performed by Ray Noble Orchestra with Al Bowlly
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timeless terror
9 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though The Shining is over a quarter of a century old, I challenge anyone to not get freaked out by Jack Nicholson's descent into madness. This is a rare example of something so unique that no one has been able to rip it off; instead it has been referenced time and again in pop culture. The twins, the elevator of blood, RedRum, the crazy nonsense "writing"... this should be seen, if for nothing else, to understand all the allusions to it in daily life. The film is simultaneously scary, suspenseful, beautiful, and psychologically intriguing. It has the classic mystery of Hitchcock and the terror of a modern thriller. And it has what horror movies usually lack: a great script.


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