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


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Trivia

The woman from Room 217 is named Mrs Massey in the novel and still appeared to Danny in the sequel, Doctor Sleep. Danny considered her the worst of all the apparitions he saw at the hotel. He has bruises on his neck because she tried to strangle him. She appears in the bathroom because that's where she died. Danny learned to lock away the spirits of Mrs Massey and Horace Derwent in a mental lockbox after Dick showed him how, but they can be reopened if need be. See more »

Goofs

When the Torrances are left in the hotel, one of the rails on the Overlook's porch steps is missing (likely to allow a shot). It's back the next time the porch appears. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Heartbreak Hotel
Written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley
Performed by Steven Weber
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Why not read the book?
15 January 2002 | by phil_haselbachSee all my reviews

There always seems to be the same problem with those TV movies that stick so close to Stephen King's books, and 'Shining' is no exception. The Stanley Kubrick film from 1980 was highly entertaining, perhaps because it didn't follow the novel too close. This 1997 version is bland and unexciting.

Just another proof that Stephen King's fiction works much better on paper than as a movie. It seems his work is too difficult to be properly banned on celluloid.


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USA

Language:

English

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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(3 parts)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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