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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 »
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Tagline:
The tide of terror that swept America IS HERE [UK Poster] 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 & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Eeriness surpassed by class See more (1244 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:
142 min (cut) | 119 min (cut) (European version) | 144 min (original version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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) | 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the British TV spot for the film, Jack can be seen tearing through the second door panel, a shot that was never used in the final cut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The positioning of Danny's hands and the ice cream bowl when he and Hallorann are talking about Shining.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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Soundtrack:
De Natura Sonoris No.1See more »

FAQ

How does Hallorann know something is wrong at the Overlook?
Is this film available on Blu-ray?
Why isn't the hedge maze visible in the exterior shots of the hotel at the end of the title sequence?
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70 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Eeriness surpassed by class, 24 November 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Sometimes all good horror needs is a good idea. But sometimes, rarely indeed, a horror masterpiece will reach us by the hand of a Kubrick, with the adept, elusive touch of a great artist to guide the vision, and we know what separates it from all else.

Okay, the story has enough promise that even a hired gun would have to try to fail. Heck, even Stephen King himself didn't fare so bad. It's how Kubrick perceives King's universe however, how he fills the frame with it, that renders THE SHINING a feast for the senses.

Horror that will reach us through the mind and body alike, an assault as it were, tending eventually its pitch to a crescendo, yet curiously not without a delicate lull.

Kubrick's cinema is, as usually, a sight to behold. We get the adventurous camera that prowls through the lavish corridors of the Overlook Hotel like it is some kind of mystic labyrinth rife for exploration, linear tracking shots exposing impeccably decorated interiors in symmetric grandeur. The geometrical approach in how Kubrick perceives space reminds me very much of Japanese directors of some 10 years before. In that what is depicted in the frame, the elements of narrative, is borderline inconsequential to how they all balance and harmonize together.

Certain images stand out in this. The first shot of Jack's typewriter, ominously accompanied by the off-screen thumps of a ball, drums of doom that seem to emanate from the very walls or the typewriter itself, an instrument of doom in itself as is later shown. A red river flowing through the hotel's elevators in a poetry of slow motions. Jack hitting the door with the axe, the camera moving along with him, tracking the action as it happens, as though it's the camera piercing through the door and not the axe. The ultra fast zoom in the kid's face violently thrusting us inside his head before we see the two dead girls from his POV. And of course, the epochal bathroom scene.

Much has been said of Jack Nicholson's obtrusive overacting. His mad is not entirely successful, because, well, he's Jack Nicholson. The guy looks half-mad anyway. Playing mad turns him into an exaggerated caricature of himself. Shelley Duvall on the other hand is one of the most inspired casting choices Kubrick ever made. Coming from a streak of fantastic performances for Robert Altman in the seventies (3 WOMEN, THIEVES LIKE US, NASHVILLE), she brings to her character the right amounts of swanlike fragility and emotional distress. A delicate, detached thing thrown in with the mad.

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