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The Shining (1997)

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Winifred Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
 John Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
 Tony (3 episodes, 1997)
 Daniel Anthony Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
Cynthia Garris ...
 217 Woman (3 episodes, 1997)
 2nd Waiter (3 episodes, 1997)
 Richard Hallorann (2 episodes, 1997)
John Durbin ...
 Horace Derwent / ... (2 episodes, 1997)


Television adaptation of Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on he and his family. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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110 empty hotel rooms - filled with horror! See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Shining  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen King said he wrote The Shining and Doctor Sleep because he wanted to tell a kickass story and follow the adventures of Danny Torrance. See more »


When Jack photographs the wasps in Danny's room, the flash does not appear as it did while photographing Danny and Wendy's stung areas on their bodies a few moments ago. This type of camera did not have an "on/off" flash option. (Part I) See more »


Jack: Give that man a cigar and a blow torch to light it with.
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Version of The Shining (1980) See more »


Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
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User Reviews

A decent into madness? No, just a waste of 6 hours.
23 July 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Claiming the TV mini-series of The Shining is better than the 1980 Kubrick film because it's more like the book is like saying the 1976 version of King Kong is better than the 1933 film because the special effects are better. Yes, the mini-series is more like the book, but that doesn't mean it is good.

I loved the book, and was surprised at some of the changes in the 1980 film. But I still loved the movie. Movies are a visual medium , so not every concept from a book will work. Best example is the topiary hedge scene. In King's book, the idea of attacking hedge animals was frightening. Kubrick didn't use the idea and inserted a hedge maze. The hedge animals show up in the mini-series and the scene is laughable. Visually, hedges aren't scary. I'm guessing Kubrick understood this.

Worst of all, the mini-series tries too hard to be a drama. The Shining is a scary story, why not concentrate on that fact? So much time is spent on exposition and character background, that the result is just frustration waiting for something to occur. Basically, the problem is pacing. Usually, people complain that Kubrick's film are long and drawn out, but his Shining is a crack of the whip compared to this adaptation. While the acting and look of the film is decent, I'd have to say that King's adaptation fails mostly because of the fact that it is just like the book. Books work cause they're in your head. Movies show you those images. Kubrick's version worked because he concentrated on the aspects of the story that worked best visually. That scene where Jack is in the empty bar which suddenly is fully stocked with an eager bartender is great stuff, and those moments tell us all we need to know about Jack's drinking problem and the effect the Overlook was having on him.

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