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The Shining -- All work and no play makes Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson, the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall ("Roxanne").
The Shining -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the scariest movies ever---8/10 See more (1279 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel)

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
Diane Johnson (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Fryer .... associate producer: The Producer Circle Organization
Jan Harlan .... executive producer
Mary Lea Johnson .... associate producer: The Producer Circle Organization
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Martin Richards .... associate producer: The Producer Circle Organization
 
Original Music by
Wendy Carlos 
Rachel Elkind 
 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
 
Casting by
James Liggat 
 
Production Design by
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie Tomkins  (as Les Tomkins)
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Daly .... makeup artist
Leonard .... hair stylist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Douglas Twiddy .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Terry Needham .... assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Arnold .... property man
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Karen Brookes .... property buyer
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
John Fenner .... draughtsman
Len Furey .... construction manager (as Len Fury)
Fred Gunning .... head carpenter
Peter Hancock .... property master
Michael Lamont .... draughtsman
Philip McDonald .... property man
Edward Rodrigo .... property buyer
Del Smith .... head painter
Peter Spencer .... property man
Thomas Tarry .... master plasterer (as Tom Tarry)
Bob Walker .... decor artist (as Robert Walker)
Barry Wilson .... drapes
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Norman Dorme .... additional art director (uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick .... art department (uncredited)
Miguel Sá Fernandes .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Charman .... boom operator
Richard Daniel .... sound recordist
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor (as Jack Knight)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... sound recordist
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Rodney Glenn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Gravenor .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Winston Ryder .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Arnold .... focus puller
Lou Bogue .... gaffer
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
James Devis .... camera operator
Dan Grimmel .... video operator
Jim Kelly .... head rigger
Martin Kenzie .... assistant camera
Dennis Lewis .... grip
Douglas Milsome .... focus puller
Douglas Milsome .... photographer: second unit
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Peter Robinson .... assistant camera
Danny Shelmerdine .... assistant camera
Larry Smith .... gaffer
Ray Andrew .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
John Fenner .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Paul Kenward .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Greg MacGillivray .... helicopter photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
Ken Lawton .... wardrobe supervisor
Veronica McAuliffe .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Eddie Gordon .... color grader
Steve Pickard .... second assistant editor
Gill Smith .... assistant editor
Gordon Stainforth .... assistant editor
Adam Unger .... second assistant editor
George Akers .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Rust .... music advisor: 20's music
John Wadley .... music advisor: 20's music
Jorge Calandrelli .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... secretary to producer
Marlene Butland .... production secretary
Murray Close .... location researcher
Emilio D'Alessandro .... production assistant
Andros Epaminondas .... assistant to producer
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Katharina Kubrick .... location researcher
Tad Michel .... hotel consultant
Pat Pennelegion .... production secretary
June Randall .... continuity
Jan Schlubach .... location researcher
Leon Vitali .... personal assistant to director
Paul Cadiou .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Anthony Frewin .... assistant: Stanley Kubrick (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
144 min (cut) | 119 min (cut) (European version) | 146 min (original version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Denmark:16 (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1992) | Finland:K-18 (1980) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Greece:K-17 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2007) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Philippines:X | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2004) (uncut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2007) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (Approved #25995) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Stephen King first got the idea for Doctor Sleep in 1998 at a book signing when somebody asked him what happened to Danny. This was a question King had often asked himself as well as what would have happened to Jack Torrance had he found AA. King started thinking about how old Danny was and where was Wendy now and decided to find the answers with a sequel. But it was a tall order. He considered Doctor Sleep the true history of the Torrance family.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the job interview Ullman tells Jack that there is no skiing in the area, but in the first aerial shot of the hotel, to the left, a ski lift is clearly seen extending up the mountain.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 616: Paranormal Incident (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
De Natura Sonoris No.2See more »

FAQ

Why isn't the hedge maze visible in the exterior shots of the hotel at the end of the title sequence?
What are some of the themes of the film?
Is "The Shining" based on a book?
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167 out of 260 people found the following review useful.
One of the scariest movies ever---8/10, 28 February 2005
Author: Sfpsycho415 from San Francisco

I was never a big fan of horror movies. They usually try cheap tricks to scare their audiences like loud noises and creepy children. They usually lack originality and contain overacting galore. The only horror movie i like was Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon. It was well-acted, and had a great story. But it has been joined and maybe even surpassed by Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, quite possibly the scariest movie ever.

The movie follows a writer (Jack Nicholson) and his family who agree to watch over a hotel while it is closed for the winter. There were rumors of the place being haunted and the last resident went crazy and murdered his family. But Jack is convinced it will be OK and he can use the quiet to overcome his writer's block. After months of solitude and silence however, Jack becomes a grumpy and later violent. Is it cabin fever or is there something in the hotel that is driving him mad?

One of the creepiest parts about the movie is the feeling of isolation that Kubrick makes. The hotel is very silent, and the rooms are huge, yet always empty. It is also eerily calm when Jack's son is riding his bike through the barren hallways. Jack Nicholson's performance is also one of his very best, scaring the hell out of me and making me sure to get out once in awhile. My favorite scene is when he is talking to a ghost from inside a walk-in refrigerator.

The Shining is tops for horror movies in my opinion, beating the snot out of crap like the Ring and The Blair Witch Project. It may be a oldie, but is definitely a goodie. 8/10

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