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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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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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One of Stephen King's biggest objections to the Stanley Kubrick version was that Jack Nicholson played Jack Torrance as if he was already mad. This adaptation takes great pains to make Torrance seem fine at the start, slowly succumbing to madness as he endures an isolated winter at the Overlook Hotel. See more »


When Halloran draws the moustache on Ulman's picture it is different from when the picture is shown later on. See more »


Jack Torrance: [to Delbert Grady] My wife, Wendy, personifies the "Three B's": Blonde, Beautiful, and full of Bull!
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Complete Waste!!!
3 September 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This movie was utterly awful. I was waiting for something to happen and nothing did. 6 hours of my life wasted. This movie pales in comparison to Kubrick's version. Some of the special effects looks fake. It suppose to make you scared, but it fails to do that. Steven Webber's acting looks forced. His portrayal of a drunken mad man is pathetic. Jack Nicholson's performance in Kubric's version was infinitely better. It doesn't matter that this movie is closer to the way Stephen King's book is. I thought the ending would make up for the slow beginning, but it only disappointed me.

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