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The Shining (1980)

R | | Drama, Horror | 13 June 1980 (USA)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Torrance
... Wendy Torrance
... Danny
... Hallorann
... Ullman
... Grady
... Lloyd
... Doctor
... Durkin
Lia Beldam ... Young Woman in Bath
Billie Gibson ... Old Woman in Bath
... Watson
... Forest Ranger 1
... Forest Ranger 2
Lisa Burns ... Grady Daughter
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Storyline

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. Written by J. S. Golden

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$622,337, 26 May 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,017,374, 31 December 1980
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(cut) | (cut) (European) | (original) | (US dvd release: B002VWNIDG)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason can be seen visiting the set of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) in Making 'The Shining' (1980). Stanley Kubrick did not usually allow visitors to his set, but made an exception for Mason, who had memorably played Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1962). See more »

Goofs

Wendy's hand placement on the bat when Jack is chasing her up the stairs. Up until the time she hits Jack with the bat, her hands are half way up the bat but when she hits Jack with the bat, her hands are at the base of the bat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Torrance: Hi, I've got an appointment with Mr. Ullman. My name is Jack Torrance.
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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening titles are also the only instance in any Kubrick film where scrolling credits, rather than title cards, are used. See more »


Soundtracks

Music for strings, percussion and Celesta (Movement III)
Music by Béla Bartók
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Recorded by Deutsche Grammphon
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker (uncredited)
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Jack Torrance Meets David Bowman
18 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

What can I say about the scariest movie I have ever seen that has not already been said by others more articulate than yours truly? Do not view this film expecting to see a screen version of the Stephen King novel. Rather, this is a Stanley Kubrick film, and to fully appreciate it one should judge it within the context of Kubrick's entire body of work as a serious filmmaker. Thematically, THE SHINING relates most closely to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, though flourishes of PATHS OF GLORY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and BARRY LYNDON do manage to figure prominently in the film's overall technique.

In a nutshell (no pun intended), Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall co-star with Oregon's Timberline Lodge - enlisted to portray the exterior of the Overlook Hotel - in a story that appears on the surface to be about ghosts and insanity, but deals with issues of child abuse, immortality and duality.

What the film might lack initially in terms of coherence is more than made up for in technique. Garrett Brown (the male voice in those old Molson Golden commercials), inventor of the Steadicam, chases young Danny Lloyd through hotel corridors and an amazing snow maze, providing magic-carpet-ride fluidity to scenes that ten years earlier would have been impossible to accomplish. If the film starts off too slow, remember who the director is. This man likes to take his time, and the results are well worth it: incredible aerial shots of the Overlook Hotel; horrific Diane Arbus-inspired twins staring directly at us; portentous room 237 and its treasure trove of terrible secrets; elevators that gush rivers of blood in slow-motion; Jack Torrance's immortality found via the hotel (akin to David Bowman's journey through the Space Gate); and some of the best use of pre-existing music ever assembled for a motion picture.

It would take a book to examine and defend the film's strong points and drawbacks. If you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch it alone with the lights off, with no interruptions, and make sure that it's raining. This is a cinematic experience that changed my life at the age of 14. Makes a great double feature with Robert Wise's 1963 thriller THE HAUNTING.


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