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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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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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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. 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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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(3 parts)

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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The miniseries goes into more detail about Jack Torrance's relationship with his father like the novel than the film did. See more »

Goofs

When Jack goes to the shed to look at the Snow-machine, just after he picks up the note, you can see the arm of a winter jacket of a crew member on the right part of the screen. You can also see the boot of the crew member at the bottom of the screen. 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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Music by Harry Warren
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King vs Kubrick - A Comparison
10 December 2006 | by ARTaylorSee all my reviews

Let me say this right off the bat, the Kubrick version is the superior movie while the King/ Garris version is the superior adaptation.

What's wrong with the Kubrick version?

His misses out on certain very important plot elements. Jack seems to be crazy from the beginning. Jack's alcoholism is not as known as it should be. The Overlook only seems to be haunted in one or two scenes, the rest could be cabin fever. The breakdown of the family is not so clear, Jack and Danny don't seem to really love each other as much as they should. Differs greatly from the book.

What's right with Kubrick's version?

Superior directing. A very definitive style. Classic scenes ("Here's Johnny!"). Excellent acting. Danny seems to really be his age. Wendy really seems to be scared. Jack really does seem crazy when he's supposed to be. A very good horror movie in general. The hotel is much more imposing. Foreboding music helps to set mood. Differs greatly from the book (I'll explain why it's in both later).

What's wrong with the King/Garris version?

It suffers from many TV-Movie problems. The actors aren't quite as good. They use CGI when puppets, wires, or trick camera shooting could be equally effective. CGI looks out of place. Danny talks like a twenty-year old, although the same problem was in the book. Jack is fine when it comes to being Mr. Every Dad but he doesn't seem to be crazy when he's supposed to be. Jack's transformation doesn't seem so gradual as it should, Wendy says "You're old drinking habits have all come back" when the book shows each one pop up. It's the book, very little is changed so if you've read the book you pretty much know exactly what happens.

What's right with King/Garris' version?

It's not a remake of Kubrick's movie, it's a movie version's of King's book. It's the book, if you loved the book and are a die hard fan you'll love this. Very little is changed. Minor subplots are changed but movie works well without them. You get pretty much everything the Kubrick version left out.

Which one?

It depends. If you loved the book and are a die hard Stephan King fan then watch the Garris TV miniseries. If you are a regular movie fan or a Kubrick fan then watch the Kubrick version. Garris' is for the book fans. Kubrick's is for the non book fans.

Final Thoughts.

It's not really fair to compare the two movies. Each one has their own pros and cons. Kubrick's is more of a movie using the basic premise of the haunted hotel and the father who goes crazy. It's meant to be a movie that's not just a page by page adaptation of the book. Which you got to admire Kubrick for doing that. He did something that even those who memorized the book would be surprised and scared. But Garris did something that the die hard Stephan King fans can love. It depends on who you are. It is definitely not fair to compare the two since they are both very different from each other. Both are good in their own separate ways.


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