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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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Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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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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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A truly brilliant and scary film from Stanley Kubrick. See more (1226 total) »

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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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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 | 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:
Shelley Duvall suffered from nervous exhaustion throughout filming, including physical illness and hair loss.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The small painting above Jack & Wendy's bed is missing as Jack is talking to Danny.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:
Soundtrack:
Rocky MountainsSee more »

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401 out of 514 people found the following review useful.
A truly brilliant and scary film from Stanley Kubrick., 29 June 2003



I can't praise this film long enough!

The Shining is, without doubt, one of Stanley Kubrick's undisputed masterpieces and a true classic in horror cinema. It is a film that, over the course of the years, has managed to scare the living hell out of its audiences (and still does). The film is an adaptation of Stepehen King's original novel, written in the late '70s, and although the film is not very loyal to the book, it still stands as a thing of its own.

Right from the beginning, as we contemplate the car going to the hotel from those stunning aerial shots, deeply inside us we know that something in the film, somehow, sometime is going to go wrong. As we obtain that severe warning, an almost inaudible voice gently whispers to us 'sit tight', a sense of unexpectedness invades us all, and it is that very same feeling that makes our hair stand on end throughout out the entire movie.



The plot is simple: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd) to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long, isolated nights. During their stay, strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called 'the shining' and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him, Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.

The film, unlike many horror-oriented films nowadays, doesn't only rely on stomach-churning and gory images (which it does contain, anyway) but on the incredibly scary music based on the works of Béla Bartók and on the excellent cinematography (the Steadicam is superbly used, giving us a sense of ever-following evil), as well. The terrifying mood and atmosphere of the film is carefully and masterfully woven by Kubrick, who clearly knows how to really make a horror movie.

Jack Nicholson's powerful performance as the mad father and husband is as over the top as it is brilliant. Shelley Duvall, who plays the worrying wife who tries to help her son, is also a stand out; she shows a kind of trembling fear in many scenes and is able to display weakness and vulnerability in a very convincing way. Undoubtedly, The Shining is full of memorable moments (the elevator scene or the 'Heeeeeere's Johnny' one-liner for instance) and, simply put, it's flawlessly brilliant.

Stanley Kubrick's direction is pure excellence, giving the whole film a cold and atmospheric look, thus creating an unbearable sense of paranoia and terror. There are moments of sheer brilliance and exquisite perfection in this film; the horrifying maze chase is a perfect example. Every single shot is masterfully created and there are some genuinely scary scenes which will make you sit on the edge of your seat.

The Shining is, in my opinion, a special landmark in horror cinema which will always be regarded as one of the scariest movies in film history. Since I saw it last year, when I was 13, I have rarely been able to have a bath in my bathtub.Just in case, ya know. Overall, The Shining is incomparably the scariest film I've ever seen in my whole life (and I can tell you I've seen a great deal of horror films).

It is an unforgettable, chilling, majestic and truly, profoundly scary film crafted by an eccentric genius who wants to show that the impossible can be done. The Shining is a sublime, hauntingly intriguing and endlessly watchable film that shows Kubrick at his best.

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