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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)  »

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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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Danny goes back to the apartment he lived in with Jack and Wendy and it looked just the same in Doctor Sleep. See more »


Jack goes to the shed to get an insect-bomb. As he leaves, he places the canister under his arm. When seen from the outside, the canister has switched arms. See more »


[Addressing the Overlook Hotel]
Dick Hallorann: Hello, you old bitch. You're just as ugly in wintertime as you are in summertime.
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Referenced in Fired Up! (2009) See more »


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Music by Vernon Duke
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When it's Kubrick vs. King...
6 July 2000 | by (Davenport, Iowa) – See all my reviews

A single statement: No film will be done justice if produced for a network. The censorship laws will simply not allow it. This is why I'm so perplexed as to why Stephen King has done two of his most prolific novels ("The Stand" and "The Shining") through network miniseries format. There's also one other reality our dear Mr. King is going to have to realize: While cornering the market on the written word, King's ideas fall as flat as two-day old soda on the big screen. The horrific adaptation of "Pet Sematary" and the cornball delivery of "The Stand" are just testaments that SK's books should remain locked in the binding. "The Green Mile" is the ONLY true-to-book adaptation of a King novel, and that's just because the director and studio deemed it necessary. I have heard an exorbitant amount of comparison between the miniseries "The Shining" and the Kubrick film, or the lack thereof, to be more precise. King has often said that he didn't like the 1980 film, and it should be used as an example of how not to make a horror film. King should realize that Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", while deviating from aspects of the author's story and changing the end, is still better than his own vision of the adaptation. As a King fan, one becomes aware of a certain mystique that makes his books addictive. However, seeing his films make one realize that King has quite a different opinion on the delivery of his work, as opposed to the darker opinions of his readers. In 1980, Stanley Kubrick presented the world with the first epic horror film. The fact that he changed the story and ending are dismissable, simply because Kubrick removed the useless flab from a mass of back story and (forgive me) somewhat cheesy happenings in the Overlook. The Kubrick film is better for two reasons: 1) It's a dark, moody descent into madness. The cinematography in Kubrick's film is revolutionary. King's own brainchild is lumbering and standard fare. 2) The ending of Kubrick's film is simply better. It's incredibly distrubing, whereas King's thoughts on the end of Jack Torrance's odyssey are somewhat... more redeeming. One gets the idea from Kubrick that the Overlook's evil is insurmountable and, indeed, necessary. King's conclusion is the common end of good overcoming evil, etc. End result -- When it's Kubrick vs. King, good ol' Stanley (R.I.P.) comes out on top. Regardless of whether King originated the story, Kubrick delivered it to glory, and made it an instant classic. King merely proved he could make a version of the film himself, and make the effort seem completely unnecessary in the process.

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