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The Shining (1980)

R | | Drama, Horror | 13 June 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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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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He came as the caretaker, but this hotel had its own guardians - who'd been there a long time See more »


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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(cut) | (cut) (European) | (original) | (US dvd release: B002VWNIDG)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. Legend says that the management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237. However, this cannot be true, as the Timberline Lodge website states that there are only 70 guest rooms in the lodge. They do state, however, that room 217 is the most requested room by people wishing to stay there. See more »


After Wendy has locked Jack in the pantry, we hear him slamming against the door repeatedly in an attempt to escape. The door doesn't move an inch, yet, in the interior shot, we see the door giving when he's saying "go check it out" and slamming his hands against it. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Children of the Corn (1984) See more »


Midnight, the Stars and You
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, and Harry M. Woods
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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