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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 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lia Beldam ...
Young Woman in Bath
Billie Gibson ...
Old Woman in Bath
Lisa Burns ...


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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Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'  »


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$622,337, 26 May 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,017,374, 31 December 1980
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(cut) | (cut) (European) | (original) | (US dvd release: B002VWNIDG)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The magazine that Jack reads in the lobby and tosses back onto the chair when arising to greet Stuart Ullman is the January 1978 issue of "Playgirl". See more »


When Danny is writing "REDRUM" on the wall, the knife's cable is turned to him. When he approaches Wendy, the knife's cable is turned to her. 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 party music plays over the closing credits. After it ends, we hear the Overlook Hotel ghosts applaud. They then talk amongst themselves until their voices fade away. See more »


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The Shining (Main Title)
Written by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
Performed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
Based on "Dream of a Witches' Sabbath" from Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz and traditional requiem "Dies Irae"
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Best Horror Film I've Ever Seen
27 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

When this film first came out in 1980, I remember going to see it on opening night. The sheer terror that I experienced in viewing "The Shining" was enough to make me go to bed with the lights turned ON every night for an entire summer. This movie just scared the life out of me, which is what still happens every time I rent the video for a re-watch. I have seen The Shining at least six or seven times, and I still believe it to be simultaneously and paradoxically one of the most frightening and yet funniest films I've ever seen. Frightening because of the extraordinarily effective use of long shots to create feelings of isolation, convex lens shots to enhance surrealism, and meticulously scored music to bring tension levels to virtually unbearable levels. And "funny" because of Jack Nicholson's outrageous and in many cases ad-libbed onscreen antics. It never ceases to amaze me how The Shining is actually two films in one, both a comedy AND a horror flick. Ghostly apparitions of a strikingly menacing nature haunt much of the first half of the film, which gradually evolve into ever more serious physical threats as time progresses. Be that as it may, there is surprisingly little violence given the apparent intensity, but that is little comfort for the feint of heart as much of the terror is more implied than manifest. The Shining is a truly frightening movie that works symbolically on many levels, but is basically about human shortcomings and the way they can be exploited by unconscious forces combined with weakness of will. This film scares the most just by using suggestion to turn your own imagination against you. The Shining is a brilliant cinematic masterpiece, the likes of which have never been seen before or since. Highly, highly recommended. - Paul

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