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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, terrorizinghis young son and wife Shelley Duvall.
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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Release Date:
23 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »
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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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)
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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144 min (cut) | 119 min (cut) (European version) | 146 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Christopher Reeve and Leslie Nielsen were considered for the role of Jack Torrence.See more »
Continuity: The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 pictured in-flight as Dick Hallorann's trip from Miami to Denver's Stapleton Airport is Continental Airlines N658052 wearing Continental's Saul Bass designed "Jet Stream" livery with its "meatball" logo on the tail. The subsequent snowy scene showing a DC-10 landing is of a United Airlines aircraft wearing their 1974-1993 "Tulip" livery, also designed by Bass.See more »
[first lines]
Jack Torrance:Hi, I've got an appointment with Mr. Ullman. My name is Jack Torrance.
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457 out of 564 people found the following review useful.
Best Horror Film I've Ever Seen, 27 August 2000
Author: us012862 from USA

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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