For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the props department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The props department were then forced to build a stronger door.
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Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall have expressed open resentment against the reception of this film, feeling that critics and audiences credited Stanley Kubrick solely for the film's success without considering the efforts of the actors, crew, or the strength of Stephen King's underlying material. Nicholson and Duvall have said that the film was one of the hardest of their careers. In fact, Nicholson considers Duvall's performance the most difficult role he's ever seen an actress take on. Duvall also considers her performance the hardest of her life.
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Stanley Kubrick originally wanted Slim Pickens to play the part of Hallorann, but Pickens wanted nothing to do with Kubrick, following his experiences working with him on "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)."
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To get Jack Nicholson in the right agitated mood, he was fed only cheese sandwiches for two weeks, which he hates.
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The throwing around of the tennis ball inside the Overlook Hotel was Jack Nicholson's idea. The script originally only specified that "Jack is not working."
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There were so many changes to the script during shooting that Jack Nicholson claimed he stopped reading it. He would read only the new pages that were given to him each day.
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Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the elevators in only three takes. This would be unremarkable if it weren't for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up. Every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick would say, "It doesn't look like blood." In the end, the shot took approximately a year to get right.
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Tony Burton, who had a brief role as Larry Durkin the garage owner, arrived on-set one day carrying a chess set in hopes of getting in a game with someone during a break from filming. Stanley Kubrick, an avid chess player who had, in his youth, played for money, noticed the chess set. Despite production being behind schedule, Kubrick proceeded to call off filming for the day and engage in a set of games with Burton. Burton only managed to win one game, but nevertheless Kubrick thanked him, since it had been some time that he'd played against a challenging opponent.
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Jack Nicholson suggested Scatman Crothers for the film. Crothers had a tough time on this movie, with Stanley Kubrick making him do over one hundred takes for one scene. Crothers' next film was "Bronco Billy (1980)," directed by Clint Eastwood, who was famous for generally only going with one take. Crothers broke down in tears of gratitude on his first scene in the film when he realized he wouldn't have to do endless take after take again.
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Shelley Duvall suffered from nervous exhaustion throughout filming, including physical illness and hair loss.
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Anjelica Huston lived with Jack Nicholson during the time of the shooting. She recalled that, due to the long hours on the set and Stanley Kubrick's trademark style of repetitive takes, Nicholson would often return from a day's shooting, walk straight to the bed, collapse onto it, and would immediately fall asleep.
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The "snowy" maze near the conclusion of the movie consisted of nine hundred tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
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As he lived in England, Stanley Kubrick was not at all familiar with the "Heeeeere's Johnny" line (from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)) that Jack Nicholson improvised. He very nearly didn't use it.
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Stephen King was quite disappointed in the final film. While admitting that Stanley Kubrick's visuals were stunning, he said that was surface and not substance. He often described the film as "A fancy car without an engine."
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After "Barry Lyndon (1975)," Stanley Kubrick started researching his next project by reading a lot of recent books. His secretary could hear him throwing rejected books at the wall in his office. One day, he started reading Stephen King's novel and, after a few hours, when his secretary hadn't heard the familiar sound of a book hitting the wall, she knew he had found his next project. Interestingly, Stephen King is skeptical of this account, as he felt that the novel begins rather slowly.
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Stanley Kubrick had envisioned Shelley Duvall as his more timid, dependent version of Wendy Torrance from the very beginning. However, Jack Nicholson after reading the novel, wanted Jessica Lange for the role of Wendy, and even recommended her to Kubrick, as he felt she fit Stephen King's version of the character. After explaining the changes he had made, Kubrick convinced him that Duvall was the correct choice, as she best suited the emotionally fragile Wendy he had in mind. Many years later, Nicholson told Empire magazine he thought Duvall was fantastic and called her work in the film, "the toughest job that any actor that I've seen had."
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Jack Nicholson claimed that the scene where Jack snaps at Wendy for interrupting his writing was the most difficult for him, as he was a writer himself and had gotten into similar arguments with his girlfriend. Being a method actor, he drew on his memories of those arguments and added the line "Or if you come in here and you DON'T hear me typing, if I'm in here that means I'm working!"
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Despite Stanley Kubrick's fierce demands on everyone, Jack Nicholson admitted to having a good working relationship with him. It was with Shelley Duvall that he was a completely different director. He allegedly picked on her more than anyone else, as seen in the documentaries Arena: Making 'The Shining' (1980) and Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001). He would really lose his temper with her, even going so far as to say that she was wasting the time of everyone on the set. She later reflected that he was probably pushing her to her limits to get the best out of her, and that she wouldn't trade the experience for anything, but it was not something she ever wished to repeat.
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The shot of the tennis ball rolling into Danny's toys took fifty takes to get right.
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According to Vivian Kubrick in her "making of", Stanley Kubrick's secretary spent weeks, if not months, typing dozens of pages "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" for the scene where Wendy discovers those pages that Jack has been typing.
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All of the interior rooms of the Overlook Hotel were filmed at Elstree Studios in England, including the Colorado Lounge, where Jack does his typing. Because of the intense heat generated from the lighting used to recreate window sunlight (the room took seven hundred thousand watts of light per window to make it look like a snowy day outside), the lounge set caught fire. Fortunately all of the scenes had been completed there, so the set was rebuilt with a higher ceiling, and the same area was eventually used by Steven Spielberg as the snake-filled Well of the Souls tomb in "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)."
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The story was eventually re-adapted as a 1997 miniseries that followed Stephen King's book more closely, because of King's dissatisfaction with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation. However, Kubrick owned the rights to the 1980 adaptation, so in order for King to get the right to re-adapt his own book into the miniseries, Kubrick required that he sign a legally-binding contract that forced King no longer to be able to bring up frequent public criticism of Kubrick's film, save for the sole commentary that he was disappointed with Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance, as though he had been insane before his arrival at the Overlook Hotel.
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The only shot in the film not achieved in-camera was the slow zoom in on the model of the maze, with the tiny figures of Danny and Wendy walking around at the center. To achieve this shot, a model of the maze was shot from six feet above. Then the small central section of the maze was built to scale next to an apartment complex. Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd then walked about in the central section while the camera crew filmed it from the roof of the apartment building. The two shots were then simply composited together.
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Stanley Kubrick considered Robert De Niro and Robin Williams for the role of Jack Torrance, but decided against them. Kubrick did not think De Niro would suit the role after watching his performance in Taxi Driver (1976), as he deemed De Niro not psychotic enough for the role. He did not think Williams would suit the role after watching his performance on Mork & Mindy (1978), as he deemed him too psychotic for the role. According to Stephen King, Kubrick also briefly considered Harrison Ford.
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Stanley Kubrick wanted to shoot the film in script order. This meant having all the relevant sets standing by at all times. In order to achieve this, every soundstage at Elstree Studios was used, with all the sets built, pre-lit and ready to go during the entire shoot at the studios.
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Despite his reported abuse of Shelley Duvall on-set, Stanley Kubrick spoke very highly of her ability in interviews, and found himself quite impressed by her performance in the finished film.
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While director Stanley Kubrick was famously very demanding and intimidating on set, to the point of driving both Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers to tears, he had a good relationship with the young Danny Lloyd. In later interviews as an adult Lloyd mentioned that Kubrick even used to play ball with him; for years after the movie Kubrick sent Christmas cards to the Lloyd family and even phoned Danny to congratulate him for his high school graduation.
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On the DVD commentary track for Arena: Making 'The Shining' (1980), Vivian Kubrick reveals that Shelley Duvall received "no sympathy at all" from anyone on the set. This was apparently Stanley Kubrick's tactic in making her feel utterly hopeless. This is most evident in the documentary when he tells Vivian, "Don't sympathize with Shelley." Kubrick then goes on to tell Duvall, "It doesn't help you."
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During an interview for Britain's The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003), Shelley Duvall revealed that due to her role requiring her to be in an almost constant state of hysteria, she eventually ran out of tears from crying so hard. To overcome this, she kept bottles of water with her at all times on-set to remain hydrated.
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When Steadicam inventor and operator Garrett Brown was hired to work on the picture, he was assured that there was no way the shoot would run over six months, as he had to be back in the United States in six months time to shoot "Rocky II (1979)." Six months into the shoot, less than half the film had been shot, and for several months, Brown worked one week in London on this movie, and one week in Philadelphia on "Rocky II (1979)," commuting by Concorde every Sunday.
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Much like the casting of the character Jack, Stephen King also disliked the casting of Shelley Duvall as Wendy. King said that he envisioned Wendy as being a blond former cheerleader type who never had to deal with any true problems in her life, making her experience in the Overlook all the more terrifying. He felt that Duvall was too emotionally vulnerable and appeared to have gone through a lot in her life, basically the exact opposite of how he pictured the character.
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Stanley Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive (as they do in the book) was unworkable, due to restrictions in special effects, so he opted for a hedge maze instead.
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According to Variety Magazine, the film took almost 200 days to shoot. However, according to assistant editor Gordon Stainforth, it took much more, nearly a year. The film was originally supposed to take seventeen weeks, but it ultimately took fifty-one. Because the film ran so long, Reds (1981) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) were delayed, as they were waiting to shoot in Elstree Studios.
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Neither Lia Beldam (young woman in bath) nor Billie Gibson (old woman in bath) appeared in another movie before or after this one.
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There is a great deal of confusion regarding this film and the number of retakes of certain scenes. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the scene where Wendy is backing up the stairs swinging the baseball bat was shot 127 times, which is a record for the most takes of a single scene. However, both Steadicam operator Garrett Brown and assistant editor Gordon Stainforth say this is inaccurate. The scene was shot about thirty-five to forty-five times.
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Stanley Kubrick's perfectionism extended to insisting that the cast members be on-set to be measured for the lighting of the scene, something that is normally done with stand-ins. Jack Nicholson claimed that Kubrick was the only director he ever worked with who required the actual cast members to pose for the lighting, which required that they arrive on-set several hours earlier than usual.
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One of Stanley Kubrick's favorite films was Eraserhead (1977), directed by David Lynch. Kubrick cited the film as a creative influence during the making of this movie, and screened it to put the cast and crew in the mood he wanted to achieve for the film.
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Philip Stone recalled of his scene with Jack Nicholson, "We shot it 50 or 60 times, I should think - always in one take. Then Jack Nicholson, Stanley and I would sit down and look at each take on a video. Jack would say, 'That was pretty good, wasn't it, Stanley?' And Stanley would say, 'Yes it was. Now let's do it again'."
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There was no air conditioning on the sets, meaning it would often become very hot. The hedge maze set was stifling. Actor, actress, and crew would often strip off as much of the heavy clothing they were wearing as quickly as they could once a shot was finished.
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Saul Bass reportedly produced around three hundred versions of the film's poster before Stanley Kubrick was satisfied.
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Stephen King was first approached by Stanley Kubrick about making this movie via an early morning phone call (England is five hours ahead of Maine in time zones). King, suffering from a hangover, shaving, and at first thinking one of his kids was injured, was shocked when his wife told him Kubrick was really on the phone. King recalled that the first thing Kubrick did was to immediately start talking about how optimistic ghost stories are, because they suggest that humans survive death. "What about Hell?" King asked. Kubrick paused for several moments before finally replying, "I don't believe in Hell?" King replied stating that there are people who believe in Hell, and that they fear it more than death itself. This was tremendously effective in helping Kubrick understand the feel of the story.
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Stephen King tried to talk Stanley Kubrick out of casting Jack Nicholson in the lead, suggesting, instead, either Michael Moriarty or Jon Voight. King had felt that watching either of these normal-looking men gradually descend into madness would have immensely improved the dramatic thrust of the storyline.
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Stephen King did not know that "murder" spelled backwards was "redrum" until he actually typed it. He loved the various connotations of the word. Red Rum was a famous racehorse in the 1970s.
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Outtakes of the shots of the Volkswagen Beetle travelling towards the Overlook Hotel at the start of the film were later used by Ridley Scott when he was forced by Warner Bros. to add a "happy ending" to the original release of Blade Runner (1982). Stanley Kubrick, who was a fan of Scott's previous film Alien (1979), happily gifted the footage, under the condition that only shots were used that haven't been used in The Shining. This was no problem, as enough unused footage of the scene was available.
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Stephen King got the idea for the book while his family were staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. They were the last guests before it shut down for the winter. He saw a group of nuns leaving the hotel, and it got him thinking that the place had suddenly become godless. The King family stayed in Room 217, the haunted room in the novel, but Room 237 in the film. A fire hose also resembled a snake (which doesn't appear in the movie, but does in The Shining (1997) television miniseries), and King had already been playing around with a story idea about a boy with ESP, so he combined the two plotlines.
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Prior to hiring Diane Johnson as his writing partner, Stanley Kubrick rejected a screenplay written by Stephen King. King's script was a much more literal adaptation of the novel, a much more traditional horror film, than the film Kubrick would ultimately make. He was considering hiring Johnson because he admired her novel "The Shadow Knows", but when he found out she was a Doctor of Gothic Studies, he became convinced she was the person for the job.
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Garrett Brown accomplished many of the ultra-low tracking corridor sequences from a wheelchair, on which his Steadicam invention was mounted. Grips would either pull backward or push forward the wheelchair, depending on the requirement of the shot.
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The scene of Hallorann approaching the hotel in the snow-cat was shot in real snow approaching the real Timberline hotel in Oregon.
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Stephen King has never understood why people find this movie so scary.
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To construct the interiors of the Overlook Hotel, Stanley Kubrick and production designer Roy Walker purposely set out to make it look like an amalgamation of bits and pieces of real hotels, rather than giving it one single design aesthetic. Kubrick had sent many photographers around the country photographing hotel rooms and picking his favorite. For example, the red men's bathroom was modelled on a men's room in the Biltmore Hotel in Arizona, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Colorado lounge was modelled on the lounge of the Ahwanee Hotel in the Yosemite Valley. Indeed, the chandeliers, windows and fireplace are nearly identical, so much so that people entering the Ahwahnee Hotel often ask if it's "the Shining hotel".
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The MPAA did not allow blood to be shown in any trailers that would be seen by all ages. Stanley Kubrick persuaded them that the blood was rusty water and got the trailer passed.
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Music would often be played on-set to help Danny Lloyd get into the right spirit for each scene.
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According to Stephen King, the title is inspired by the refrain in the The Plastic Ono Band's song, "Instant Karma" (by John Lennon), which features the chorus: "We all shine on".
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During the scene where Wendy brings Jack breakfast in bed, it can be seen in the reflection of the mirror that Jack's t-shirt says "Stovington" on it. While not mentioned in the film, this is the name of the school that Jack used to teach at in the novel.
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During filming, Stanley Kubrick made the cast watch "Eraserhead (1977)," "Rosemary's Baby (1968)," and "The Exorcist (1973)" to put them in the right frame of mind.
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Stephen King was disappointed in this film. In an interview in the June 1986 issue of American Film, he said "It's like a great big beautiful Cadillac with no motor inside, you can sit in it and you can enjoy the smell of the leather upholstery, the only thing you can't do is drive it anywhere. So I would do everything different. The real problem is that Kubrick set out to make a horror picture with no apparent understanding of the genre. Everything about it screams that from beginning to end, from plot decisions to the final scene." In particular, King disliked the casting of Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. This was because he felt that in the novel, it was pivotal that Jack is initially a good man who is slowly overcome by the forces of evil, and who is fighting a losing battle against alcoholism. King was of the opinion that, due to the casting of Nicholson, who was well known for playing unstable characters, Jack in the film is very much on the edge when the story begins, and the character does not possess the inner goodness so vital to Jack of the novel. King wanted to cast someone who could play the character as more genial in the early stages. Apparently, he was very keen on Jon Voight. He was also hugely disappointed that the themes of the evils of alcoholism, and the disintegration of the family unit were relatively unimportant in the film, due to his own battle with alcoholism, and because of this personal investment in that aspect of the novel, he was largely disheartened by the film.
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Jack tells Lloyd in the bar that Danny once messed around with his work papers. This mirrors an event in Stephen King's life, when his son once started playing around with his writing notes. He felt like killing him.
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Upon seeing the movie, Stephen King reportedly said "I think he set out to make a film that hurts people."
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During this grueling shoot, the Wimbledon tennis tournament was in full swing in the UK and Jack Nicholson, an avid tennis fan, had to find a way to take time out to attend, so he feigned back pain and asked for a few days off. Because of his star status, Stanley Kubrick granted him the break. Unfortunately for Jack, Kubrick later saw him on a production TV set seated in the Wimbledon crowd flanked by two women. Kubrick was apparently furious about the whole incident.
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Danny Torrance's imaginary friend, Tony, isn't given much of an explanation in the 1980 film, however, in the book, Tony is actually Danny's adult self speaking to him from the future (in the book, Danny's middle name is Anthony, or "Tony" for short). Furthermore, in the book, Tony is a benevolent imaginary friend who acts as a sort of conscience, as well as a sixth sense, and a companion for Danny since he doesn't have many friends at school. Tony is also fully visible to Danny as a person. In the film, Tony is invisible, and is only a high-pitched voice, which speaks to Danny's parents through Danny himself. In the film, Tony also appears almost evil, or a sign that Danny is mentally disturbed, often making Danny pass out or scaring his mother, showing him graphic images and eventually full-on possessing Danny and making him write "REDRUM" on the hotel wall with Wendy Torrance's lipstick.
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To achieve the smoothness of the opening shots, cameraman Greg MacGillivray secured a wide angle Arriflex camera to the front of a helicopter, then balanced the blades to remove any vibrations. Even the shot where the camera comes down behind the car, passes it out, and goes over the edge, is done via the helicopter.
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Scatman Crothers was friends with Jack Nicholson, and when he heard about the role of Dick Hallorann, he asked Nicholson to talk to Stanley Kubrick about casting him.
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The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon, was used for the front exterior, but all of the interiors, as well as the back of the hotel, were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. Legend says that the management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237.
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Although a key point in the novel, the hotel boiler is only mentioned once in the film.
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The scrapbook that Jack finds in the novel makes a brief appearance next to his typewriter when Jack tells Wendy never to bother him while he's working. Behind the scenes photos exist of Jack standing with the open scrapbook suggesting the scene was indeed filmed.
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Jack Nicholson and Joe Turkel rehearsed the "Gold Room" scene for six weeks. Turkel said it was his favorite scene in the film.
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Most of the elaborate urban legends and conspiracy theories surrounding this film (ranging from it serving as a Holocaust metaphor to a confession that Kubrick helped fake the moon landings) were refuted by Stanley Kubrick during his lifetime or later by the surviving cast and crew. For example, the famous "impossible corridors" are a result of set logistics, Kubrick wanted to shoot Danny on his big wheel in unbroken takes, so the hallways had to connect, and the only way the crew could construct them to fit Kubrick's vision, meant mirroring the set to fit available soundstage space. The shadow of the helicopter in the opening shot was the result of a framing error.
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The "Making-of" documentary shot by Vivian Kubrick shows that the hedge maze set, while nowhere nearly as large as the maze in the film (which was mostly a matte painting), was still large and complex enough to require a detailed map. In the commentary for her documentary, she notes that many crew members really got lost in the maze, dryly noting that it now reminds her of the lost backstage scene in This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
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The role of Lloyd the Bartender was originally to have been played by Harry Dean Stanton, who was unable to take the role due to his commitment to Alien (1979).
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The maze was constructed on an airfield near Elstree Studios, by weaving branches to chicken wire mounted on empty plywood boxes. The maze was shot using an extremely short lens (a 9.8 mm, which gives a horizontal viewing angle of ninety degrees) which was kept dead level at all times, to make the hedges seem much bigger and more imposing than they were in reality.
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During the making of the movie, Stanley Kubrick would occasionally call Stephen King at 3:00 a.m. and ask him questions like "Do you believe in God?" Steven Spielberg had heard this story, and asked Kubrick if it was true. Kubrick denied that it happened.
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The color red is visible, either overtly or subtly, in nearly every shot of the film. This is presumably because Colorado was so named because it is another Spanish word for "red".
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Filmmakers tend to strictly follow what is known as the 180-Degree Rule when filming two characters in a scene. The first shot of a scene typically establishes each character as being on either the left or right hand side of the screen. Although the camera may change angles many times over the course of a scene, it never moves more than 180 degrees from its original position. Keeping it less than that keeps the characters on their established sides of the screen, while going over (referred to in film-making jargon as "crossing the line") causes the characters to reverse position, disorienting the viewer. Kubrick breaks this rule during Jack's meeting with Grady in the men's room, visually hinting to the viewer that Jack is becoming more like Grady.
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In the British television ad for the film, Jack can be seen tearing through the second door panel, a shot that was never used in the final cut.
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The famous opening scene was shot in Glacier National Park in Montana just north of St. Mary's Lake. The road seen in the scene, Going-to-the-Sun Road, does actually close down during winter and is only negotiable by snowcat. Kubrick initially sent a second unit to the Rockies in Colorado, but they reported back that the area wasn't very interesting. When Stanley Kubrick saw the footage they had shot, he was furious, and fired the entire unit. He then sent Greg MacGillivray, a noted helicopter cameraman, to Montana and it was McGillivray who shot the scene.
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This film was shot in the same film studio that was used for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In fact, much of the same fake snow used for this film was used for the Hoth scenes. Stephen King visited the set of both films, and met director Irvin Kershner. This later became the basis for part of his book "It". Kershner had been nicknamed "Kersh", and was directing the first Star Wars film to feature Yoda. In the Stephen King book "It", there is a character named Mrs. Kersh, who is said to sound like Yoda when she talks. As well as countless other mentions of Star Wars in various King books.
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Stanley Kubrick's first choice to play Danny Torrance was Cary Guffey, the young boy from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Guffey's parents apparently turned down the offer, due to the film's subject matter.
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One of the shots in the part where Jack is bouncing a ball against a wall took several days to film. This was because the shot entailed the ball bouncing from the wall onto the camera lens as it filmed. As Stanley Kubrick was so determined to get this precise shot, the camera kept rolling while the ball was continually hit against the wall in the hope of it bouncing back and hitting the lens. It took everyone on the entire unit having a go at it in between other shots before the shot was finally achieved after several days.
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Along with "Bound for Glory (1976)," "Marathon Man (1976)," and "Rocky (1976)," this was one of the first films to use the recently developed Steadicam.
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Despite the critical success of the film, it was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Actress for Shelley Duvall and Worst Director for Stanley Kubrick. It "lost" both awards.
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Danny Lloyd grew up to be a professor of biology at a community college in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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The 1921 photograph prop still survives, intact, and can be seen in Stanley Kubrick exhibitions. It is possible to notice, on a close inspection, how Jack Nicholson's airbrushed head was pasted on the photo, as it sticks out a bit.
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Approximately 4,000 people auditioned for the role of Danny Torrance over a six-month period. The interviews were carried out in Chicago, Denver, and Cincinnati by Stanley Kubrick's assistant Leon Vitali, and his wife, Kersti Vitali. Aspiring actors were asked to send in photographs of themselves, and from the photographs, a list was made of the boys who looked right, who were then called in to interview. Vitali would then have the boys do some minor improvisation on-camera, and Kubrick would review the footage, gradually narrowing the list down.
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James Mason can be seen visiting the set of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) in Arena: 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).
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Despite receiving generally unfavorable reviews upon its initial release, the film is now regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made. In 2001, it was ranked twenty-ninth on AFI's '100 Years...100 Thrills' list. In 2003, Jack Torrance was named the twenty-fifth greatest villain on the AFI's '100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains' list. The film was named the scariest film of all time by Channel 4 in 2003, and Total Film had it as the fifth greatest horror film in 2004. Bravo TV placed it sixth on their list of the 100 Scariest Movie Moments in 2004. In addition, film critics Kim Newman and Jonathan Romney placed it in their all-time top ten lists for the 2002 Sight and Sound poll.
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Since Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall spoke in thick New Jersey and Texas accents respectively, Kubrick wanted the actor playing Danny to be from the Midwest as a compromise between the two, settling on Illinois born Danny Lloyd.
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Delbert Grady, the waiter and butler from 1921, spills Advocaat (a yellow liqueur) on Jack in the Gold Room, one of multiple instances where the color yellow gradually becomes more symbolically prevalent as the film moves closer to Jack's madness and the Overlook Hotel's resurrection.
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The film shows an upbeat relationship between Stuart Ullman and Jack Torrance, in contrast to the novel, which describes it as being very stilted and sour. Torrance views Ullman as a pompous official, and Ullman tells Torrance he is not fit for the caretaker position, due to his history of abuse. He only gives Torrance the job because his own employer is Torrance's old friend Al Shockley, who overrides Ullman's refusal. Later, Torrance phones Ullman in retaliation, and threatens to write a book detailing the hotel's sordid past. Ullman attempts to fire him, but Shockley intervenes and saves Torrance's job after admonishing him over the phone.
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The eerie "music for strings" section of the soundtrack was previously used in two Doctor Who (1963) serials in 1967.
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The magazine that Jack reads in the lobby and tosses back onto the chair when arising to greet Stuart Ullman is the January 1978 issue of "Playgirl". That issue listed on the cover an article on incest and another titled, "Interview: The Selling of (Starsky and Hutch (1975)'s) David Soul." It could have been a very subtle foreboding plot device placed in the scene by Stanley Kubrick, or it could just be a meaningless joke Kubrick had nothing to do with. In either case, it's unlikely a pornographic magazine would be available for viewing in the lobby.
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Although the Grady girls are often referred to as twins by outside sources, they are actually 8 and 10 years old, as mentioned by the hotel owner in the first scene.
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Stephen King was highly critical of Shelley Duvall's portrayal of Wendy, and for Stanley Kubrick's conceptualization and direction of her. He said Kubrick's Wendy was one of the most misogynistic characters ever put to film; and he insisted that is not how he wrote the character. Duvall struck back, saying "The Shining was a success. Stanley Kubrick took a 2nd rate novel and made a first rate movie. It was a success.". For his part, Kubrick never counter attacked King, although in private Kubrick did say King's writing was "weak" (he threw away his script that King submitted to him and the studio, and he refused to take any of King's suggestions or field his questions during the shoot). Kubrick did say publicly, with regards to King's take on Wendy, that he never bought that the strong, pretty, self reliant Wendy (as described in the book) would stay with a loser like Jack for so long. Kubrick thought there had to be something desperate, pathetic and codependent about her, something that the audience would have to recognize instantly for us to believe that she would stay with this abusive alcoholic. And this is what drove Kubrick to cast Duvall, who could sell that, unlike Jessica Lange, also considered for the role.
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Stephen King said Stanley Kubrick's version of Wendy Torrance is one of the most misogynistic characters ever to be put to film. He said, "She's just there to scream and be stupid."
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Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind wrote and performed a full electronic score for the film, but Stanley Kubrick discarded most of it and used a soundtrack of mostly classical music. Only the adaptation of the "Dies Irae" ("Day of Wrath") melody (from the traditional requiem mass) during the opening credits, the music during the family's drive to the hotel, and a few other brief moments (such as Hallorann's plane trip) survive in the final version. Wendy Carlos once noted that she'd like to see the original score released on CD, but there were too many legal snags at the time. As of 2005, Carlos' score for the film has been remastered, and is a part of "Rediscovering Lost Scores Volumes 1 and 2".
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Lia Beldam, who plays the nude young woman in the bathtub, said in a 2018 interview that she was working as a photographic model in London and her agent was approached by Hawks Films to supply girls for the ballroom scene, so she was sent along. She brought her modeling portfolio and when the director and producers saw the several nude photos she posed for, they changed their minds and offered her the part of the woman in the bath instead. She said she enjoyed working with Stanley Kubrick who was a true gentleman on set. They ended up filming an incredible amount of takes and she spent a week walking around naked and kissing Jack Nicholson over and over. She had years of experience posing nude as a model and she wasn't shy, so she had no issue being totally naked in a room full of men for so long.
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The paintings of topless African American women with huge afros on the walls of Hallorann's bedroom in Florida are of a style that were very popular in the late sixties and seventies. The fact that he had them in his bedroom make a point of the notion that his "shining" is not because he is a holy man of some sort, but just an everyday guy. It might also be noted that the ochre-brown walls are reminiscent of the Overlook Hotel, which could be a way of inferring that the fellow is never completely free of the place.
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Steven Spielberg visited Elstree Studios to prepare to film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and got to meet Stanley Kubrick, leading to a twenty year friendship between the two. In addition to taking over A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) after Kubrick's death, Spielberg went on to cast Wolf Kahler (from Barry Lyndon (1975)) in Raiders, and Philip Stone in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He also makes reference to this film in Jurassic Park (1993) and Ready Player One (2018).
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John Williams was initially set to provide the score, until Stanley Kubrick decided to go with a selection of music from different composers.
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The ghost of an injured guest says "Great party, isn't it?" In the book, the ghost of Horace Derwent, the late owner of the Overlook Hotel, says this to Wendy and Danny.
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Knowing of his interest in the paranormal, then-Warner Bros. president John Calley sent Stanley Kubrick a galley copy of "The Shining" novel.
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According to Vivian Kubrick in her commentary on Arena: Making 'The Shining' (1980), Margaret Adams, listed in the credits as the director's secretary, and also the production manager on Eyes Wide Shut (1999), was the person who typed up all the hundreds of various "Dull Little Boy" pages that are used in this movie. It apparently took her a few months.
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In the party scene, Stanley Kubrick told the extras to mouth their words.
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In the bar scene where Jack has some bourbon, the dialogue includes: "I like you Lloyd. You were always the best goddamn bartender from Timbuktu, to Portland, Maine, or Portland, Oregon for that matter." This is taken directly from the novel, and coincidentally a reference to their host city of Portland, Oregon, where they filmed the exterior scenes of the hotel, which was the Timberline Lodge on nearby Mt. Hood.
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The movie's line "Here's Johnny!" was voted as the #68 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100), and as the #36 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere magazine in 2007.
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Stanley Kubrick also made casting decisions for dubbing actors in other countries. In Spain, actor and actress Joaquín Hinojosa and Verónica Forqué did the voices of Jack and Wendy Torrence, respectively. Both had little experience in dubbing. In Spain, this dubbing is considered one of the worst dubbings ever made, due to that casting choice.
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Was selected for preservation in the National Film Registy by the Library of Congress in 2018 for being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.
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The most accurate model of the famous maze prop that Jack looks over in the lobby was made by Adam Savage (MythBusters (2003)).
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Danny's Shining is more powerful than Dick's in the novel. Danny can get information about someone just by touching them (even though his predictions are sometimes wrong), but Dick believed everyone has a bit of Shining in them. Danny's Shining can increase and decrease in frequency, but he doesn't like reading people's most private thoughts. The Shining can be suppressed by an injection.
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The two Ray Noble and His Orchestra songs used were not actually from the 1920s: "Midnight, the Stars and You" (played in the ballroom) was recorded February 16, 1934, and "It's All Forgotten Now" (heard faintly when Grady is talking to Jack in the bathroom) was recorded July 11, 1934.
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Shelley Duvall has said that the incredible stress of filming under the direction of perfectionist Stanley Kubrick caused her to grow physically ill. Jack Nicholson even once said that she showed him clumps of her hair that had fallen out. Duvall said working under Kubrick was so brutal that she also once told movie critic Roger Ebert that the experience was "almost unbearable." She's quoted in the book "The Complete Kubrick" saying: "From May until October I was really in and out of ill health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and prodded me further than I've ever been pushed before. It's the most difficult role I've ever had to play."
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This was voted the ninth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
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Stanley Kubrick was a huge fan of David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977). Lynch's absurdist fantasy-horror epic had a huge influence on the style Kubrick chose for this movie.
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Denver media was used twice in the film. While driving up to Sidewinder in a blinding snowstorm, Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) is listening to AM disc jockeys Hal Moore and Charley Martin. Denver's KHOW was top 40 pop music at that time, and Hal and Charley were actually morning drive-time DJs. They used elements of their show in a scripted segment for the audio. Also, the television in the Overlook Hotel was able to pick up Denver's channel 9. On-air talent Bertha Lynn and Bill Custer taped a scripted segment for use on the Overlook's television. The weather report that Dick Hallorann watched in Miami featured Glen Rinker, who was a well-known Florida news anchor at the time.
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Chevy Chase, Martin Sheen, Leslie Nielsen, and Christopher Reeve were considered for the role of Jack Torrance.
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When discussing the original Stephen King book in an interview with critic Michael Ciment, director Stanley Kubrick commented: "The novel is by no means a serious literary work, but the plot is for the most part extremely well worked out, and for a film that is often all that really matters".
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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The original theatrical aspect ratio for this movie is 1.85:1, however the film was shot using the entire film frame (1.37:1 or 4x3 as is known in current technical set-ups). The film has been known to be shown full screen on VHS, LaserDisc, television, and more in the 1.37:1 or 4x3 aspect ratio, revealing more picture information on the top and bottom of the screen. For many years with 4x3 televisions, Kubrick much preferred the movie be shown this way, to avoid any cropping at the sides of the image, and as most of his photography was centered and vertical, it also added to the effect on smaller television screens. However, this movie has always been intended as a 1.85:1 presentation, despite many conflicting opinions and viewpoints to the contrary. Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) was also shot this way, and while Eyes Wide Shut (1999) was believed to have been shot in 1.37:1, this was proven incorrect by examining the 35mm prints of the film, where hard mattes and camera equipment were present outside the 1.85:1 safe zone. The 1.85:1 versions are the director's intended versions, and are now available on Blu-ray, digital platforms, and DVD.
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The hedge maze is original to the film. Though in 2015 the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King and filming location for The Shining (1997), began growing a hedge maze on their lawn.
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Judging by the size of the stack of the manuscript, Jack has typed approximately four hundred pages of nonsense.
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The title theme is an expanded version of a specific excerpt in the A Clockwork Orange (1971) main theme.
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The film was released in the United States on Scatman Crothers' seventieth birthday.
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When Danny goes to explore Room 237 (Room 217) in the novel, there's also a scary fire hose outside that menaces Danny like a snake. It's not in the film, but it is in the 1997 miniseries.
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Monday, September 29th, 1980 was the night of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)'s annual anniversary show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 18th Anniversary Show (1980). It was ten weeks after the release of this movie, but most Americans had not yet seen it and were not aware of any details, beyond it being some sort of horror film starring Jack Nicholson. That evening, when people tuned in for the show, it did not start off with the normal theme song and visuals, but for no apparent reason there was an immediate cut from the normal "coming up next" bumper to a film sequence. There was Nicholson running with an ax, Shelley Duvall screaming, the ax going through the door, then Nicholson saying the now famous "here's Johnny" line, at which time the Tonight Show theme played and the show started. It was one of the funniest moments in the history of television. It also drove another couple of million people to see the movie, giving it an unexpected extended run.
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In 2015, visual effects creators Adrien Dezalay, Emmanuel Delabaere, and Simon Philippe directed a digitally edited "mashup" film called The Red Drum Getaway. The story begins with an Everyman played by James Stewart (using footage from his films with Alfred Hitchcock) being pursued by Jack Torrance. The increasingly agitated Stewart character then falls into a world inhabited entirely by characters from all of Stanley Kubrick's films from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) onward.
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Shelley Duvall suffered from several anxiety attacks and near mental collapse during the 56 weeks of filming. In a 2016 interview on Dr. Phil (2002), she revealed that Stanley Kubrick, known for pushing his actors to their breaking point, had bullied her throughout the production and treated her more severely than any other cast member, a point Jack Nicholson affirmed. Duvall pointed out that her character was in a near constant state of panic, anxiety and fear; given the punishing shoot schedule (six days a week averaging sixteen hours per day) she had no relief, telling Dr. Phil, aka Phil McGraw, she believed the film caused her permanent psychological damage.
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Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers appeared in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Fortune (1975), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
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The movie has achieved the status of classic and is generally considered a horror masterpiece in spite of several factors apparently working against it. It's the first and only horror film for director Stanley Kubrick and for most of the actors. Author of the source material Stephen King famously had major issues with the narrative and the cast, although he praised the visuals. When it was released, the movie was not as well-regarded by critics. Director Brian De Palma criticized it, claiming that Kubrick, "can't direct horror because he doesn't like or understand people".
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Wendy, at the breakfast scene in the beginning of the film, is reading "The Catcher In The Rye" by J.D. Salinger.
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In the scene where Wendy and Danny are watching TV; they are watching Summer of 42.
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The outtakes link between this movie and Blade Runner (1982) was not the only element that connected the two. Joe Turkel, who played Lloyd (the bartender who serves Jack), also played Dr. Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner (1982).
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When Jack uses an axe to break through the bathroom door, he shouts "Here's Johnny". This was a reference to the catchphrase of talk show host Johnny Carson, which had been ad-libbed by Jack Nicholson. However, an alternative explanation is that it is a reference to an incident that occurred in the 1960s, when Johnny Cash used a fire axe to break a connecting "doorway" between two motel rooms that he and his band members were using while on tour, and then broke through one of the doors from the corridor, to make it look as if a thief had broken in and trashed the rooms.
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Danny hid the Shining from Jack and Wendy in the book.
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In a recent interview, Stephen King said that although there were bad feelings and a lot of bitterness and rivalry associated with his relationship with Stanley Kubrick, he did have a twinge of satisfaction in knowing he outlived Kubrick.
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Like a lot of critics, Stephen King included, Pauline Kael marvels at the technological accomplishments of this movie, but also finds it cold: "What's increasingly missing from Kubrick's work is the spontaneity, the instinct, the lightness that would make us respond intuitively. We're starved for pleasure at this movie; when we finally get a couple of exterior nighttime shots with theatrical lighting, we're pathetically grateful. As Wendy, trying to escape from Jack, opens a window and looks at the snowstorm outside, and then as she pushes Danny out and he slides down the snowbank, we experience, for a second or two, the spectral beauty we have been longing for. Earlier (in the film's most imaginative, chilling scene), when Wendy looked at the pile of manuscript that her husband had been working on, she found only one sentence, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,' typed over and over. Well, all work and no play makes Stanley a dull boy, too. He was locked up with this project for more than three years, and if ever there was a movie that expressed cabin fever, this is it."
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This movie, after Carrie (1976), is the second theatrical adaptation based off of a work of Stephen King.
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Shelley Duvall appeared in two movies in 1980, this one and Popeye (1980). This one was a huge hit, and wound up being one of the most critically acclaimed horror movies ever made, and Popeye was a disappointment, a minor hit which almost permanently derailed the careers of Robert Altman and Robin Williams.
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Room 237 (217 in the novel) continues a theme in Stephen King novels of rooms with numbers having significance. The numbers 2 and 17 used in the novel add to 19, which is significant in several of King's novels, most prominently The Dark Tower.
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The famous line, "Here's Johnny," was originally removed in the Spanish dubbed voice-over, as Johnny Carson and The Johnny Carson Show (1953) were totally unknown in Spain. It was changed to "Aquí está Jack" ("Here's Jack") to make the scene easier to understand, with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) referring to himself.
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In the mid 2000s, there was a trend of editing trailers for famous movies which drastically changed the tone of the actual movie. One of the most popular was one that turned this film, now titled simply "Shining," into a tender-hearted family comedy. While Kubrick died several years before this edit, in a 1987 interview he said that he considered editing to be the one art form that was unique to film.
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Shelley Duvall is the only actor or actress who played a member of the Torrance family whose character name is not the same as his or her real-life name. Jack Nicholson played a character named Jack, and Danny Lloyd played a character named Danny.
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Conspiracy theorists point to several symbols in the film as "evidence" that Stanley Kubrick was involved in "faking" the footage of the moon landing; there are several symbols of "11" throughout the film, the pattern of the hotel carpet in which Danny is playing (in his Apollo 11 sweater) is the exact shape of the lunar launch pad, the pages of Jack's novel reads "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy." The "All" could be interpreted as "A11" or Apollo 11. The large Native American wall tapestry (against which Jack is throwing the ball) resemble rockets. The Apollo 11 vehicle that landed on the moon was called the Eagle; Jack's typewriter is an Adler which is the German word for eagle, there are several wooden eagles in the hotel manager's office, the manager has a U.S. flag on his desk and is wearing red, white & blue colors (some interpret this to mean that he represents the government with whom Jack has entered into a contract).
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The miniseries and the novel goes into more detail about Jack Torrance's relationship with his father than the film does. In fact, it doesn't even come up.
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The snow began to bury the Overlook Hotel in the novel.
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The film that Danny and Wendy are watching on television on a quiet afternoon at the snowbound hotel is Summer of '42 (1971).
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While script changes during a film production aren't uncommon, Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay) was introducing scene changes almost daily and after his actors had already learned their lines. Jack Nicholson said of the changes that eventually, when presented with with a revised scene he would throw it in the trash, knowing another was coming anyway.
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Peter Straub says The Shining "is obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years."
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As Hallorann's flight arrives in Denver just after eight a.m., this means that his flight from Miami departed some time after three a.m., which indicates that he left for the airport shortly after speaking with the forest ranger. The drive to the town nearest the Overlook takes another five hours. A snow cat under blizzard conditions can travel at speeds of about 15 miles an hour. As described by Ullman, the Overlook is about twenty-five miles from town. Counting the time making a call from the airport, renting a car, driving to the town, renting the snowcat and making the final leg, this would put Hallorann's arrival at around 4:45 p.m. Sunset at that time of year is at about 5:30 but where the Overlook is located, the sun would dip below the mountains at just about the time Hallorann arrives.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The back-and-forth camera movement where Jack is breaking through the bathroom door mimicks the pan-and-scan technique, used when widescreen formats are shown on a narrower screen, such as an older tube TV.
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Bill Watson was the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel the rest of the year in the novel. There is a "Bill" in Ullman's office at the start of the film, so that's probably him.
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Various critics have pointed out how this might be a coming of age story for the characters; particularly Jack and Danny. In the scene where Wendy discovers the pages and pages of gibberish; "All work and no play..."; etc; if you look closely on the pages Jack has types; many of the sentences say the following "All work and no play make Jack Adult boy." Adult as opposed to "a dull"; this is an obvious commentary on Jack's maturity issues and his unwillingness to embrace adulthood full on; and how this (along with everything else; the cabin fever, the alcholohism; the presence of supernatural in the house); might be generating the crisis.
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Longtime Denver-area television newscaster Bertha Lynn appeared in this movie, and the 1997 miniseries, in scenes where weather updates are broadcast on television.
The drinks that are spilled on Jack are advocaat (sometimes called advocatenborrel, which means "lawyers' drink") which is a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar, brandy, and sometimes cream, and has a smooth, custard-like consistency.
In an edition of Radio Times, in his Film of the Week column, Andrew Collins reviewed this movie. An extract read, "In 1997 King adapted his novel into a TV miniseries. It was rubbish. The original film is the best".
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Wendy Torrance swung the baseball bat forty-one times on film.
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The Overlook is built on one (Indian burial ground). In 1987 San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bill Blakemore penned a rather intriguing essay arguing that the film is a hidden commentary on the genocide of the American Indian.
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The movie Doctor Sleep (2019) clarifies that Norman Gay's character, the "injured guest" is none other than Horace Derwent who in the novel was a prior owner of the Overlook Hotel.
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The two tracked vehicles in the movie are the Activ Fischer VW Powered 4 Speed Snow-Trak (referred to, and labelled on the vehicle as a "SnowCat") and a Thiokol Imp SnowCat (this is the vehicle in which Wendy and Danny escape).
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Dick was pushing sixty in the novel, but Scatman Crothers was 69 going on 70.
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Danny was five in the novel, and eight by the time of the sequel, Doctor Sleep. In this film, he sucks his thumb, and in the sequel, Doctor Sleep (2019), he still does. Also Abra, another girl with the Shining does it too, as a security blanket.
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When Wendy is at Jack's desk in the dark main lobby, it is seen through the balcony that the haunted second floor is warmly lit and inviting.
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Warner Bros. previously offered Stanley Kubrick the chance to direct The Exorcist (1973). As well, the studio considered Jack Nicholson for the part of Father Karras in the same film, but eventual director William Friedkin didn't believe Nicholson could effectively play a priest.
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Jack's typewriter was an Adler Eagle.
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The Donner Party is a true story. It's what Donner Pass on Interstate 80 in Northern California is named for. Although what a bunch of people resorting to cannabalism has to do with The Shining is a mystery. (Except that it's an early indication Jack is psycho, the way he's maniacally grinning about it).
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
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Jack Nicholson plays a character named Jack, who, in the bar scene drinks Jack Daniels. The character's son is named Danny, played by Danny Lloyd, and the name of the bartender who serves Jack the Jack Daniels is named Lloyd.
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In the novel, Dick Hallorann's grandmother (and her great-grandmother) also had the Shining, and they carried on conversations mentally. Hallorann was sexually abused by his grandfather when he was five, who used to call Hallorann Dickie-Bird. He also burned Hallorann with a cigarette or bit him, but said nothing would happen if Dick told his parents because of their inheritance. He later died of a stroke, but he came back to haunt Dick, like Mrs. Massey came back to haunt Danny. Dick was quite a ladies' man.
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A prominent piece of music used in the film, Utrenja Ewangelia composed by Krzysztof Penderecki, is also partly used by Disney in one of their rides at Disney world in Florida. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride which is based at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM), has a section where you progress from the rear of the show building to the main ride/drop section. Once your vehicle has traveled through the 5th Dimension section and enters the final lift shaft, that is when the music can be heard.
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In the book and the 1997 miniseries, Jack is writing a play, but it's not known if that's what he came to the Overlook Hotel to write in the film.
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, for a television commercial in 2010 for Premier Inn hotels (UK), British comedian Lenny Henry reenacted Jack Nicholson's "Heeere's Johnny" scene ("Heeere's Lenny") in which he demolished a hotel bathroom door with an axe. The commercial was later banned due to complaints.
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Jack's car is a 1973 Volkswagen Sedan 'Beetle' [Typ 1].
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James Brolin and Harrison Ford were considered for the role of Jack Torrance. Ford was probably not the right type as his closest Shining-type role would ultimately be 1986's The Mosquito Coast (1986), also about an obsessed man terrorizing his family, it a movie that was not very well received. Brolin on the other hand might have been too on the nose, having just completed The Amityville Horror (1979) a year earlier which had almost exactly the same plot: a man, George Lutz, is disturbed by ghosts in his house of another man who killed his family, and is almost moved to do the same. Brolin was definitely scary enough, and could have probably done a more convincing arc from normal guy to psycho than Jack Nicholson did, and probably would have pleased some skeptics of the film like Stephen King. But if Brolin was cast, all people would see is the plot similarities between the two stories, and would have dismissed this movie as a ripoff, losing the striking originality of this subsequent movie. The casting of Nicholson takes typecasting and turns it on it's head. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Nicholson played Randall McMurphy, a lovable, heroic psycho who is terrorized by a female villainous woman, Nurse Ratched. In this movie, he's still a psycho, but instead of being lovable and heroic, he is evil, a symbol of mankind's never-ending depravity itself. Instead of being terrorized by a woman like he is in Cuckoo's Nest, he is instead terrorizing his wife. And unlike in Cuckoo's Nest, where he is trying to escape his home - a mental institution - he loves his home, the Overlook Hotel, and desperately wants to stay there, even after Wendy desperately asks him to leave.
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Billie Gibson, the old woman in the tub, is often confused with Ann Gibson, Mel Gibson's late mother.
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Lloyd the bartender shares an old adage with Jack, "Women - you can't live with them; you can't live without them." It is a very hackneyed and overused statement. A few years before this film a comedian said the same line but with a twist: "Women - you can't live with 'em; you can't kill 'em." For those who were familiar with the second version, when Lloyd said this they immediately thought about the latter. This was very clever on the part of Stanley Kubrick. Since those days, the "can't kill 'em" version has been as overused as the original, popping up in a number of a number of movies over the years.
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Released just two weeks after Friday the 13th (1980).
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A stack of records can be seen on the floor beside Dick Hallorann's TV in his room. The record at the front of the stack is "Commoners Crown", a 1975 album by British folk-rock group Steeleye Span. The album's third track 'Long Lamkin' is based on a traditional song called "Lamkin", which gives an account of the murder of a woman and her infant son by a man; in some versions, a disgruntled mason, in others, a devil, bogeyman or a motiveless villain.
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Early on, Danny is watching a Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner cartoon on TV. Fans of the cartoon series will recognize the distinctive musical cue, which was used in "Stop! Look! And Hasten!" when the Coyote was chasing the Road Runner through a maze of railroad tracks. The film itself ends with a chase through a maze.
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Wendy smokes Virginia Slims Full Flavor 120s in the scene where she and the Doctor are discussing Danny.
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Stanley Kubrick was involved in the casting of the German dubbing of the movie. He chose Jörg Pleva as Jack Torrance. Kubrick previously gave Pleva the lead German dubbing roles for the characters of Redmond Barry in Barry Lyndon (1975) and Alexander DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange (1971). This movie was Pleva's last dubbing work in a movie. Ironically, Joachim Kerzel, who later became Jack Nicholson's standard German dubbing voice actor, did the voice of the character Stuart Ullman in this movie. It is also notable that the line, "Here's Johnny," was altered in the German version to "Hier ist Jackie!" - "Here's Jackie!" - referencing the character's name of Jack Torrance. This was done because Germans at that time weren't familiar with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
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Danny is five in the novel, but seven in the 1997 miniseries and this movie.
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When Hallorann makes the phone call, the set is very dark and with eerie blue overtones. In the background we see the warm, well-lit tones of the living room and hall that leads to the rest of his house. This indicates an ominous shift in the story and the beginning of the third act.
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Scatman Crothers would go on to be the voice of Autobot Jazz in the animated series The Transformers (1984).
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Danny riding his tricycle down the hallway is a nod to The Omen (1976).
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Barry Nelson, the interviewer at the start of the movie, was the first to play James Bond. Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) also starred Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre. Lorre and Jack Nicholson were both in The Raven (1963).
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Key scenes in this film are rendered in elaborate CG as being a level in the game that is central to the plot of the film Ready Player One (2018).
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Danny rides in circles around the Overlook hallways, including the Colorado Lounge and the room 237 hallway, giving the illusion of being followed as the camera tracks his route. He later does a loop upon himself in the maze while being chased by Jack, only to break the loop and find himself at the center of the maze.
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In the original novel, Bill Watson is described as a heavy set, foul mouthed older man. Here, he's played by Barry Dennen, a thin, slightly balding actor with a passing resemblance to Jack Nicholson.
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When Danny is eating his sandwich after the first scene of Jack's interview, Wendy is reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
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Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick both worked with several actors and directors on other films connected to Stephen King. James Mason, who visited the set and worked with Kubrick on Lolita (1962), appeared in Salem's Lot (1979). George C. Scott appeared in both Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Firestarter (1984). Herbert Lom appeared in Spartacus (1960) and The Dead Zone (1983), which also featured Scott's one time wife Colleen Dewhurst. Nicholson has appeared in two film for director Rob Reiner, who directed Stand by Me (1986) and Misery (1990). A Few Good Men (1992) featured actors from both those films: Kiefer Sutherland and [link=nm0000687. Morgan Freeman, Nicholson's The Bucket List (2007) costar, also appeared in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Dreamcatcher (2003).
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There are a lot of comparisons between this movie and Session 9 (2001), but blink and you'll miss it identical small giveaway and parallel: when Jack Torrance is locked in the kitchen closet, he wakes up next to open Oreos and peanut butter. Those are the same items Gordon from Session 9 picks up on the way home that are later seen in the mental hospital/work site and in the van, which is a foreshadowing only if you know The Shining that well. They also both have wives names Wendy.
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Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers had previously appeared together in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Nicholson's role in that movie was previously played on stage by Kirk Douglas, who worked with Stanley Kubrick in Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960).
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Blizzards are in both The Shining and Misery, another Stephen King novel. Incidentally, the weapons are switched around in the two movies from what they were in the books. In the book Jack wields a roque mallet whereas Annie wields the axe.
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There is a character named Richard Haloran (slightly different spelling) in the film Dementia 13 (1963), about an axe murderer. It was produced by Roger Corman, who directed several of Jack Nicholson's early films.
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A lot of the incidental music is very similar to that used in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Specifically, the star gate segment.
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Danny Torrance puts his hands over his face and then peeks through his fingers when he sees the ghosts of the Grady twins in this movie much in the same way Carrie White puts her hands over her face and then peeks out at the audience at the prom after she's been covered in blood in Carrie (1976). Stanley Kubrick might have just been ripping off Brian De Palma here since this was not described in the book at all.
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At the end of the theatrical version Jack tries to kill Danny and winds up freezing to death. In the TV movie version he blows Danny a kiss, in spirit form, to his son at graduation.
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Wendy Torrance says "like a ghost ship" when the manager Ullman tells her how deserted the Overlook hotel will feel when all the guests and staff leave on the last day of the season. Ghost Ship (2002), a horror movie that was released in 2002, is often described as The Shining on a cruise liner.
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The events that take place in Room 237 with the nude woman do not occur in the novel.
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The scene where Jack Nicholson is in the enormous hotel lobby, throwing a ball while he seeks inspiration, took 40 takes.
The maze scenes took a month to film.
There are 200 extras in the party scene.
In the German-language version instead of "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," Kubrick used "Never put off til tomorrow what may be done today."
The skeletons Wendy sees are those of certain people and extras seen alive in the ballroom scene. In the center is Grady, hair grown some after death, with the same drinks he spilled on Jack.
Final film of Pauline Chamberlain.
Jack Nicholson portrayed Jack Torrance in this movie. Carel Struycken portrays Grampa Flick in Doctor Sleep (2019). Nicholson and Struycken worked together in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
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Jack Black has stated that this movie is his favorite.
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In the novel and the film, people are still checking out of the Overlook Hotel when the Torrances arrive.
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Stephen King said that he really loved all of Stanley Kubrick's films a lot except for this one, the only film adaptation of one of his novels that he doesn't like to this day.
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Jack Nicholson went to play the Joker in Batman (1989). Batman & Robin (1997) featured his cast mate Pat Hingle, while Doctor Sleep (2019) featured Bruce Greenwood, who voiced Batman in various projects. Bryan Cranston, who has voiced Commissioner Gordon, also appeared in a Mountain Dew commercial that parodied this film. Stanley Kubrick's last two films also featured actors from the Batman franchise. Matthew Modine appeared in Full Metal Jacket (1987) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Eyes Wide Shut (1999) starred Nicole Kidman, had earlier appeared in Batman Forever (1995).
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The 7 minute scene where Hallorann discusses with Danny when he first arrives at the hotel about their shared ability to shine took a total of 148 takes.
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In the French language dub of the movie, Jack says "Coucou Cherri!!" instead of "Heeere's Johnny!!"
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Jack asks the bartender for "hair of the dog that bit him" (slang for a strong drink to try and alleviate hangover effects). Jack Nicholson would later star in Wolf (1994) where he has to come to terms with having been bitten by a werewolf.
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In the New Year's Eve 1921 photograph, there's a man standing a little ways behind Jack Nicholson in the crowd that has a hairstyle, glasses and outfit that looks too modern for the time the picture was taken. That man also looks a lot like Stephen King.
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The exteriors of the Overlook Hotel where shot at Borehamwood Studios outside London.
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This film is well known by fans for being one of the scariest and simultaneously greatest horror films ever made.
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Right when he was offered to make the film, Stanley Kubrick already knew that he wanted to change the film from the Stephen King novel because he said that he thought the novel was sloppily written and he really wanted to make a great horror film.
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Stanley Kubrick had always made many changes to all of his films that were based on books.
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This film is in the Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films on Letterboxd.
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Scatman Crothers plays a character called Turkel in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Joe Turkel plays the barman in this movie, in which Crothers portrays Dick Hallorann.
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Stephen King references 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), another Stanley Kubrick film, on page 98 of his book The Institute.
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Regarded as the greatest horror film ever made by some and the most overrated horror film by others.
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Italian censorship visa # 75969 delivered on 10 December 1980.
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Vivian Kubrick: In the party scene. She wore a black dress and sat on the right side of the sofa closest to the bar.
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Stanley Kubrick: [Bathrooms] Jack speaks to the ghost of Delbert Grady in the men's room. Later, Jack makes out with the nude woman in the restroom of room 237. And at the end, Wendy hides from Jack in a bathroom.
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Stanley Kubrick: [three-way] Danny vs. the Overlook Hotel vs. Jack.
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Stanley Kubrick: [zoom] When Dick Hallorann is on his bed watching television.
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Because Danny Lloyd was so young, and since it was his first acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the child. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a drama, not a horror movie. In fact, when Wendy carries Danny away while shouting at Jack in the Colorado Lounge, she is actually carrying a life-size dummy, so Lloyd would not have to be in the scene. He only realized the truth several years later, when he was shown a heavily edited version of the film. He did not see the uncut version of the film until he was seventeen, eleven years after he had made it.
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According to Shelley Duvall, the famous "Here's Johnny!" scene took three days to film and the use of sixty doors.
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When first released, the film had an alternate ending. After the shot of Jack's body, the film dissolves to a scene of policemen outside the hotel. It then cuts to a scene in a hospital, where Wendy is resting in a bed, and Danny is playing in a waiting room. Ullman arrives and tells her that they have been unable to locate her husband's body anywhere on the property. On his way out, Ullman gives Danny a ball, the same one that mysteriously rolled into a hallway earlier in the film, before Danny was attacked in room 237. Ullman laughs and walks away, and the film dissolves to the move through the corridors towards the photo. Stanley Kubrick had the scene removed a week after the film was released.
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At the time of release, it was the policy of the MPAA to not allow the portrayal of blood in trailers that would be approved for all audiences. In 1980, the concept of green band and red band trailers were being introduced by the MPAA. Bizarrely, the trailer consists entirely of the shot of blood pouring out of the elevator. Stanley Kubrick had convinced the board the blood flooding out of the elevator was actually rusty water. The water also had red dye on it
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The scene where Jack is chasing Danny through the maze took over a month to shoot. During the shoot, crew members often found themselves lost, and had to use their walkie-talkies for assistance.
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For the scenes when Jack can be heard typing, but what he is typing is off-screen, Stanley Kubrick recorded the sound of a typist actually typing the words "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". Some people argue that each key on a typewriter sounds slightly different, and Kubrick wanted to ensure authenticity, so he insisted that the actual words be typed.
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Stanley Kubrick originally wanted approximately seventy takes of the scene where Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) gets killed by Jack Torrance, but Jack Nicholson talked Kubrick into going easy on the sixty-nine-year-old Crothers, and stopping after forty. At one point during the filming, Crothers became so exasperated with Kubrick's notorious, compulsive style of excessive retakes that he broke down and cried, asking "What do you want, Mr. Kubrick?"
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The 1921 photograph at the end of the film was a genuine 1920s photo, with Jack Nicholson's head airbrushed onto the body of another man. Stanley Kubrick originally planned to use extras and shoot the photo himself, but he realized he couldn't make it look any better than the real thing.
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The scene where Wendy is running and sees a room where a man in a bear costume is having sex with the former hotel manager was never explained in the movie, leaving the audience very confused as to why it was there. In the book, during a year at the hotel, the manager had a secret homosexual affair with a party guest dressed in a dog costume, which is the closest explanation.
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The scene towards the end of the film, where Wendy is running up the stairway carrying a knife, was shot thirty-five times. The equivalent of running up the Empire State Building.
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The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence ("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy") repeated over and over. Stanley Kubrick had each page individually typed and can be seen doing so in Arena: Making 'The Shining' (1980). For the Italian version of the film, Kubrick used the phrase "Il mattino ha l' oro in bocca" ("He who wakes up early meets a golden day"). For the German version, it was "Was Du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen" ("Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"). For the Spanish version, it was "No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano" ("Rising early will not make dawn sooner."). For the French version, it was "Un 'Tiens' vaut mieux que deux 'Tu l'auras'" ("A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush").
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Every time Jack talks to a "ghost", there's a mirror in the scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because he talks to (an unseen) Grady through a shiny metal door.
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Steven Spielberg praised the scene in which Wendy finds Jack's "novel" and is confronted by him, as a great example of counterintuitive direction by Stanley Kubrick. Spielberg noted that the obvious way of playing the scene would be to have Jack suddenly appear over Wendy's shoulder while she and the audience is preoccupied with the manuscript. Instead, Kubrick abruptly cuts away from Wendy to a shot from behind the pillar that tracks over to a distant view of Wendy from behind, thus preparing the audience for Jack's entrance into the frame and eliminating any shock of his appearance. Spielberg noted that Kubrick's unusual way of filming and editing the scene had two benefits: 1. It allowed the remainder of the sequence to maintain tension without a moment of relief that would follow from a "shock", and 2. By avoiding a surprise at that moment, Kubrick saved the biggest scare in the film for Hallorann's murder, in which Jack's sudden appearance does come as a shock.
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In Stanley Kubrick's original treatment, the resolution was completely different. Originally, instead of being confronted in her room by an axe wielding Jack after he is freed from the storage room by Grady, Wendy goes outside her room to see if Jack has indeed made his escape. He then jumps out and surprises her, chokes her, and smashes her head into the wall. Wendy then takes her knife and stabs him in the stomach, fatally wounding him. As she attempts to crawl away, however, Jack remains alive, crawling in pursuit, in an ensuing struggle, she finally manages to kill him, only to hear the sound of a SnowCat arrive outside. She then attempts to locate Danny, only to find he is not where she left him. Dick Hallorann then arrives at the door, only to encounter Grady. They have a brief conversation about "some business" Hallorann has to finish, to which he then gets hold of an ax, and then manically pursues Danny, much like Jack does in the final film. However, with the knowledge that they both share the same telepathic gift, Danny uses this to his advantage, throwing Hallorann into confusion. Then, just as it seems Hallorann is about to murder the child, Wendy locates both of them, and goes berserk, violently stabbing Hallorann to death. She then retrieves Danny, the two of them then bolt outside into the SnowCat and drive off. The camera would then focus on a scrapbook of the Hotel's history that Jack looked at early in the film, a mysterious hand comes in from off-screen and takes it, followed the sound of receding footsteps. The film would then end.
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Early in the film, Danny leaves a doll lying around in the lobby of the hotel. It is black, and wearing a red sweater. Later in the film, Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) is killed in the exact spot where the doll was lying.
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There is only one on-screen murder in the film.
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In the source novel, Dick Hallorann survives (though Jack attacks him with a roque mallet, not an axe), and he, Wendy, and Danny escape together. The hotel explodes. The thing that has taken over Jack's body has killed Jack long before the boiler explodes but it survives and speaks to Danny as he, Wendy and Dick drive away.
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A lot more of the most iconic moments in the film, including the elevator full of blood and the line "Here's Johnny!" were also never actually in the book either.
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Danny croaks "redrum" forty-three times before his mother wakes up, and Jack starts to break into the apartment.
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Stanley Kubrick personally panned the camera during the famous shot of Jack swinging the ax into the bathroom door. The camera was tripod mounted and Kubrick moved the pan handle in synchronization with each swing while keeping his eye on the monitor.
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In the novel, Wendy is first attacked by Jack with a roque mallet. In the movie, she serves the first blow to Jack with a baseball bat. In fact, he never strikes her at all throughout the entire film. He becomes violent and homicidal with only one other character.
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Stanley Kubrick included a lot of Native American imagery, as well as stories of the hotel having to fight off Native Americans for being built on an Indian Burial Ground. Jack throws his ball against the Native American tapestry as well. Danny even defeats Jack with an old Native American trick.
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Danny's middle name in the novel is Anthony, from where "Tony" was derived.
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Alcohol consumption was a federal crime between 1919 and 1933. The year Jack appears to have photographed for the last scene (1921), and the year President Warren G. Harding (in the book) ordered a case of Coors Beer from the bar (1922) would have occurred during Prohibition. Alcohol consumption was never a federal crime in the U.S. The Volstead Act prohibited "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors". Consumption was never a crime, only a myth. Also, in the photograph, not one person is holding a drink. Indeed, one may even assume that liquors were never purchased at the Overlook during these years, but may have been included as a sort of part of membership, a type of end-around used even today in dry counties. After all, Lloyd clearly informs Jack that his "money is no good here."
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In the novel, the Overlook Hotel burned to the ground because of the boiler that Jack Torrance neglected to dump, but in the film, it's still standing by the end, and Jack freezes to death in a hedge maze instead of going up with the hotel.
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The Louisville Slugger baseball bat, with which Wendy Torrance bludgeons Jack, was signed by Carl Yastrzemski, Hall of Fame Red Sox player. Stephen King is a huge Red Sox fan.
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Subtle foreshadowing: Jack's tie is the hedge maze.
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This is the first film of Stanley Kubrick's to include the use of a Steadicam. He found the current cameras on-set to be almost obsolete for the type of shots he wanted to achieve during filming. He wanted a free and full range of view, but wanted the shots to be smooth and precise. When a colleague suggested that he use a newly developed piece of technology, Kubrick was hesitant. Kubrick shot with a Steadicam for many days before eventually allowing its usage in the film. Its usage can been seen in the film during such scenes as when the camera is following Danny on his tricycle through the halls of the Overlook Hotel and when he and Jack are running through the Hedge maze near the end of the film. This movie was also one of the first dozen films to use a Steadicam.
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The book was written inside the Stanley Hotel. Stephen King stayed in the room that Danny is told not to go into in the novel called "Room 217." Here in the film, the room is called "Room 237."
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During the Closing Day segment of the movie, Dick Hallorann talks to Danny and Wendy extensively about the Kitchen and calls Danny by his nickname 'Doc' without having have heard him use the term first, indicating that he has the Shine like Danny. He quickly covers up his admission by that saying that Danny looks like a 'Doc'. While this is implied at the time as a term of endearment, it is also a foreshadowing for the sequel novel and Doctor Sleep (2019), when adult Danny Torrance uses his Shining power to ease dying people's pain at the hospice he works at he is nicknamed 'Doctor Sleep.'
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Many of the iconic scenes in the movie aren't in the book. Including; "here's Johnny", Dick being killed, Jack using an axe (in the book he uses a roque mallet), the maze, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", the kissing scene between Jack and the dead naked woman, the two sisters (Grady's daughters) talking to Danny, the bloody deluge spilling out from the elevator, Danny riding his tricycle, Jack freezing to death and the hotel still standing at the end in the film.
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As Jack's sinking into the alternate world increases, his financial situation appears to change. When he is first with Lloyd the bartender, with the two alone in an empty ballroom, he says he has "two twenties and two tens", then finds his wallet empty. Lloyd tells him his credit is good. By the time Jack enters the filled ballroom, his wallet is no longer empty as he takes money out of the wallet in an attempt to pay for his drink. The only other currency mentioned is that of his soul, which upon first sitting down at the bar, he swears he would sell for a drink. Later, when he asks who's paying for the drinks, Lloyd obfuscates.
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According to the time line presented the film (the closing date of the hotel is Oct. 30, according to Overlook GM Stuart Ullman; the different chapters in the film show the passage of time), the final events of the film occur on Dec. 11th, which includes Jack's attack on his family, Wendy and Danny's escape and Jack's death in the maze.
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The axe Jack, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, hits Hallorann with in the movie was a prop axe, so Nicholson had to practice with it so it would look like a regular axe's weight was being swung when he hit him.
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The two daughters of Delbert Grady (the caretaker from 1970) speak in British accents, as does the waiter, who turns out to be the same person. As Jack and Grady leave the enticing and pleasant 1920s atmosphere of the ballroom, they step into a severe-looking modern restroom with bright red surfaces. As Ullman had told Jack that the entire wing had been entirely renovated, the restrooms should have been done in the same style as the rest of the wing. The fact that the restroom is starkly different and that this is the place where the reality of the fantasy world is made clear, this indicates that the issue is that of Jack's soul and not of the elaborate fantasy of the ballroom and the rest of the hotel.
Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING is the only one adaptation of Stephen King's novels that King himself always remembered hating for years and years and he still doesn't like it now, but King did say that after he had saw DOCTOR SLEEP an adaptation of King's 2013 novel of the same name and a sequel to his 1977 novel "The Shining" - that he now really appreciates Kubrick's film a lot more, the 2019 movie a direct sequel to the 1980 film. King had also said in the past that he really didn't care or pay much attention to the film adaptations of his novels.
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'Do Not Disturb' has the following amount of letters: 2,3,7.
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Wendy sees the bruises on Danny's neck and thinks that Jack did this. Later, when Danny tells her it was done by the woman in room 237, this provides Jack with an out. Rather than making a case that the woman must have left, Jack acts like it was Danny's delusion, which would place the suspicion back on Jack. This lack of clarity on Jack's part is a manifestation of his unbalanced mental state.
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The iconic scene where Jack Torrance goes into Room 237 and finds a naked and attractive woman only for her to morph into a hideous hag covered in blemishes and rot is oddly similar to a scene from Robert Eggers' directorial debut known as The Witch: A New England Folktale. The young boy, Jonas, finds himself in a scene where he is enchanted by a beautiful woman who lures him into a cabin, and as he reaches for her hand, her hand turns into a gnarled old woman's hand.
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As Jack enters the hotel for the first time and stops at the Reception desk, he walks right in front of double doors with a sign for the Gold Room next to them. Several framed black-and-white photographs are visible on a wall behind those doors. The final scene is a zoom on these photographs, to Jack's image captured in a 1921 photo.
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Stanley Kubrick was very unimpressed with Stephen King's writing right after he saw Carrie (1976) and he described King as a man that he thought thinks too little with his writing ideas. King had also later said that he thought that Kubrick was a film director that thought way too much with his film ideas. King had also thought that this movie was very "cold" and veered away from the novel's ending. King said, "In my novel at the end the hotel burns down and in Kubrick's film at the end the hotel freezes that's the difference between warmth and cold and I'm not a cold guy."
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The main character and antagonist in this film is named "Jack Torrance". In 2007, a man came forward to police that he suspected his stepfather, Jack Tarrence, to be the infamous, and as of 2016, unidentified Zodiac Killer that terrorized the Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. DNA evidence on Tarrence's belongings has been deemed inconclusive.
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There are relatively few murders onscreen in the Shining; just one, Hallorann; and two if you count Jack freezing to death at the ending. They do have multiple flashbacks to the Grady girls getting murdered; and huge pools of blood spilling out of the elevator; but these are just dreams. It's ironic that there's only one death in the scariest movie of all time! The Exorcist; which is the other scariest movie of all time; also only has two deaths.
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As Jack creeps towards Wendy in the baseball bat scene, he is traveling in a counter-clockwise circuit, which is the direction Danny traveled in on his tricycle. Danny's counter-clockwise circuits take place before he ascends to the haunted second floor, which is the direction that Wendy moves when she backs up the stairs. She doesn't strike him until she is actually on the second floor.
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Body Count: 2
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As Wendy and Danny find their way around the maze, Jack is seen looking at a scale model of it inside the hotel. At the end of the film, he chases Danny into the maze and gets lost in it, freezing to death, while Danny is able to escape.
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Hallorann specifically warns Danny to avoid room 237. This counts as baiting as when he finds room 237 later while riding his tricycle, he finds the room locked. He later finds the room open and ventures in, only to reappear later with bruises and his jumper torn.
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"The Shining" was the second movie in which Jack Nicholson's character is kissing a beautiful woman as she turns into a grotesque apparition, the first was 1963's "The Terror".
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