A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.
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Complete series cast summary:
Rebecca De Mornay ...  Winifred Torrance 3 episodes, 1997
Steven Weber ...  John Torrance 3 episodes, 1997
Wil Horneff ...  Tony 3 episodes, 1997
Courtland Mead ...  Daniel Anthony Torrance 3 episodes, 1997
Cynthia Garris ...  217 Woman 3 episodes, 1997
Mickey Giacomazzi ...  2nd Waiter 3 episodes, 1997
Melvin Van Peebles ...  Richard Hallorann 2 episodes, 1997
John Durbin ...  Horace Derwent / ... 2 episodes, 1997


Television adaptation of Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on him and his family. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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110 empty hotel rooms - filled with horror! See more »


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In the book, when Dick and Danny are talking about the Shining, Dick asks Danny to show him his power by giving him a blast, and it is in the miniseries but not the film. Abra, a girl with the Shining does something similar to Danny in the book sequel Doctor Sleep. See more »


Reflected on the hood of the red car beside Jack's while he's standing the alone after hitting George Hatfield See more »


Jack Torrance: [to Danny] Damn, nosy little pup! You get down here and take your medicine.
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Alternate Versions

DVD contains 11 deleted scenes:
  • Danny at the doctor's office; they briefly discuss Tony.
  • Brief scene with Danny and Jack conversing.
  • A brief scene where the Torrences step outside the hotel and observe that they are snowed in.
  • A scene which originally occurred after the "217 lady" scene. Jack says that Wendy and Danny can leave the hotel ASAP and that he will stay. He also shows Wendy the lipstick he found, and describes how he believes Danny's strangle wounds were self-inflicted.
  • A fireside chat between Wendy and Danny, in which he tells her that he hears the ghosts in the hotel, talking, laughing, and screaming.
  • Two scenes which originally occurred after Jack is locked inside the vault. Wendy leaves Danny to get some food, and Danny tells her that he called to Dick. Then a scene in which Wendy returns and Danny says that Dick may not have heard him.
  • A brief scene showing Grady releasing Jack from the vault, and Jack exiting and grabbing the mallet.
  • A brief scene in which Danny encounters a female ghost, and he tells her he isn't afraid of her, that only his father can hurt him now. The ghost vanishes, and Jack then appears to "punish" him.
  • A climatic ballroom scene in which the "party guests" and the orchestra all melt in gruesome fashion.
  • An outtake featuring orchestra conductor Gage Creed (played by Stephen King) melting in gruesome fashion.
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In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
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Good Lord, you people must be kidding
10 January 2002 | by jackthegiantkillerSee all my reviews

This television series was so dreadful, so dull and cheesy, how could any intelligent person possibly endorse it? Sure it was a much more faithful adaptation of King, but, for Christ's sake, it was shot like an after-school special, suffered the WORST miscasting, had some of the most godawful CGI effects (the moving shrubs made our entire roomful of viewers crack up), and lacked any mild attempts at atmosphere or terror. How could anyone EVER be scared by Steven Weber? It's like watching Barney descend into madness. What Kubrick lacked in direct interpretation he so greatly compensated for with a beautiful, disturbing and personal film. Remember people...BASED on the book by Stephen King. There was a reason many things never made it into the original film...they would look absolutely stupid (ie the shrubs) in direct translation and would most certainly detract from the film. Earlier quote - "Kubrick was a bit of a bad director(have i made any one cry just then)" No, you just made me laugh at you!

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Release Date:

27 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Stephen King's The Shining See more »

Filming Locations:

Arvada, Colorado, USA See more »


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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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