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The Shining 

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | TV Mini-Series (1997)
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A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Shining See more »

Filming Locations:

Arvada, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny Torrance: [Jack has gone over the edge] You don't scare me. You're not my daddy.
Jack Torrance: Who else would I be?
Danny Torrance: You're just another Halloween mask.
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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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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Stephen King Movie Villains (2017) See more »

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In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
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Boring, Redundant, and Long
28 June 2003 | by JLRobersonSee all my reviews

Proof once again that Stephen King has a tin eye for film and has no idea how to effectively adapt his own work. This version has no mystery, no scares, and explains far, far too much at every twist and turn for fear even one person in the TV audience might be confused. This Danny is butt-faced and far too precocious, in fact making you wonder--given this Wendy(who, unlike the underrated Shelley Duvall version, one cannot see staying with Jack even a moment after he broke their child's arm) believes in Danny's powers--why they ended up going to the Overlook in the first place. The digital effects are laughably cheesy: a fire-hose with fangs that looks like something out of a razor commercial, and the hedge animals; speaking of which, how hard can it be to get the effect of beasts that only move when you're not looking? These look terrible, like blobs of green mercury sliding across the landscape. The ghosts all have blue skin and terrified me about as much as a cloudless sky. And Tony is shown here, and looks like John Denver. OOO, CREEPY! Add to this a diabetes-inducing ending that isn't in the book even, and you have a waste of 6 hrs. you could be doing something more useful, like drinking yourself to death.

It's accurate to the book--except the tunnel scene--but now we see that an accurate adaptation simply doesn't work in this case as a movie. Kubrick's is a masterpiece. This is prosaic, shallow and dumb. Don't see it.


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