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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?


The miniseries brings back the animate hedge animals from the novel; these were replaced with a hedge maze in The Shining (1980) because Stanley Kubrick felt the effects of the time were not up to it. See more »


When the family runs out of the hotel following the first snow storm, a yellow rental truck is visible on the far right of the screen, at the corner of the hotel (possibly widescreen only). See more »


Lady in Room: [Danny] With a little boy here. And a little boy there. Here a boy, there a boy, everywhere a boy, boy. Hello, Danny. I've been waiting for you. We've all been waiting for you.
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Referenced in Supernatural: Home (2005) See more »


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Music by Vernon Duke
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More of a Reinterpretation than a Remake
27 October 2002 | by (Chicago, IL USA) – See all my reviews

I have loved Kubrik's interpretation of The Shining since the first time it scared me. But that's what it really is, an interpretation. It's well known how Kubrik did his work and the limited amount of input that King had in the original movie. This new interpretation stays closer to the book and you genuinely get the idea that it's the hotel that is evil, while I've always felt that Kubrik's design made it feel more like the Jack went mad. The final scene of Kubrik's version, where he pans over the photos and you see Jack in all of them, has always felt like an homage to what the true meaning was supposed to be. This new version filled me with chills and goosebumps the whole way through. In one scene, when all the chairs in the dining area slide from their tables to the floor, not only was I shivering but I actually jumped. I've read the book; I knew it was coming but it was so perfectly executed that the creepiness was sustained throughout the entire show. That kind of horror/suspense is so rare nowadays, especially for a television mini-series! I truly feel that both versions stand on their own and applaud King for showing the chutzpah to go back and show us another view of The Overlook.

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