The Shining (1997)

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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 John Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Winifred Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Daniel Anthony Torrance (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Tony (3 episodes, 1997)
Cynthia Garris ...
 217 Woman (3 episodes, 1997)
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 2nd Waiter (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Richard Hallorann (2 episodes, 1997)
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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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27 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's The Shining  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The role of Jack Torrance was originally offered to Tim Daly. He was interested but unavailable, and suggested they offer the part to his Wings (1990) co-star and good friend Steven Weber. Daly eventually worked with Stephen King in the mini-series Storm of the Century (1999). See more »

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The blood on Jack's face disappears and reappears in between scenes. See more »

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[shoving his face through a hole in a door, a la Jack Nicholson]
Jack Torrance: Boo!
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
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Kubrick's version of "The Shinning" may not have followed the book as well, but was a better movie.
14 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

The problem with this movie like all other Stephen King television movie adaptations is that it is a watered down and neutered version of the book. You have the basic plot intact, however all the best bloody scenes, all the cussing, the nudity, and all the other stuff present in the novel is taken from the movie and you are left yawning because somehow the edge is gone and so are all the scares. I will be the first to say Kubrick's version was almost an entirely different entity than the novel, but he probably knew some of the stuff in the book just would not fly or look very good. The hedge animals for instance, they look terrible here and you know they would have looked even worse then. These things could work in say a 100 million dollar movie made for the summer, but not a television movie. Jack Nicholson is another thing. Sure he was a bit to crazy early in the movie in the original, but he was perfect near the end. The overlook was much more sinister and you really had the feeling it was isolated, this one not so much. The plot is just like the original version though as a family moves into a house to take care of it in the winter. The cast just does not measure up to the first though, I will say Rebecca De Morney looks more like the gal described in the book then Shelly what's here last name. However, Shelly was much better at showing fear. True in the book Jack did swing around a type of croquette mallet, but I think an ax is far more scary and threatening. Then there is the ending, way to happy and sentimental for my tastes. In the end this movie is just a weak version of the book as far as being sinister and creepy, but it does get more of the basics down as far as the plot and the Kubrick does not even try to follow the book all that often, but it does offer scares so my pick is the Kubrick.


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