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Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

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Mike Flanagan

Writers:

Mike Flanagan (screenplay by), Stephen King (based upon the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Dan Torrance
Rebecca Ferguson ... Rose the Hat
Kyliegh Curran ... Abra Stone
Cliff Curtis ... Billy Freeman
Zahn McClarnon ... Crow Daddy
Emily Alyn Lind ... Snakebite Andi
Selena Anduze ... Apron Annie
Robert Longstreet ... Barry the Chunk
Carel Struycken ... Grampa Flick
Katie Parker ... Silent Sarey (as Catherine Parker)
James Flanagan James Flanagan ... Diesel Doug
Met Clark ... Short Eddie
Zackary Momoh ... David Stone
Jocelin Donahue ... Lucy Stone
Dakota Hickman Dakota Hickman ... Young Abra
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On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep." Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul... Written by Stephen King

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stephen King didn't originally intend for Abra's name to stem from abracadabra. It was just a "happy accident." See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Abra are getting gas towards the end of the movie, the pump style he is using has a lever that must be moved in front of the opening for the spigot of the dispenser for it to activate. There is no lever there as her pumps, yet he is able to pump gas anyway. See more »

Quotes

Abra Stone: You're magic. Like me
Danny Torrance: You need to listen to me. The world's a hungry place. A dark place. I've only met two or three people like us. They died. When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don't know about magic. I, I always called it "the shining."
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Crazy Credits

The retro "\\'" logo, as seen on The Shining (1980), is shown at the beginning with the WarnerMedia byline. See more »

Alternate Versions

A directors cut was released on Blu Ray and Digital in February 2020 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Did Joker Imagine Batman? (2019) See more »

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Casablanca (Score)
Written by Max Steiner
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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Surprisingly a neat little companion piece to the classic! That doesn't just rely on nostalgia to tell their story
1 November 2019 | by paulijcalderonSee all my reviews

What a surprise... That wasn't so bad actually! Now, hear me out. When I first saw the previews for this I felt disappointed by the visual look of the film, as it was all too green-tinted and lacked the Kubrick-esque framing I want from a film like this (it being a sequel to "The Shining" after all). Remember, I care too much about the visual aesthetics of these things sometimes. Especially when it was clearly supposed to connect right to the iconic classic. The green tint stays throughout the film, much to my displeasure. Worked great in "Joker" though. But once I got what the story was and paid attention I realized I was getting invested. This is a different type of film while still remembering to pay huge amounts of respect to the legacy of the original. Once you do get to the elements that carry over from Kubrick's film it felt well earned. Interestingly enough they kind of blend well together too eventually. We delve into the supernatural aspects of what Stephen King was going after in his book, and that's completely fine. I don't mind a chilling spookie once in a while. Recently I've felt done with most of the modern day horror film tropes, so it's such a shock for me to say that I had a good time with "Doctor Sleep".

The progression of where Danny Torrance's character goes to is a natural right step. They go for the 'father like son' kind of thing, and I was completely onboard with it. The ghost of Jack Nicholson's presence looms strongly over the story too, with Danny fearing not to follow his father's footsteps. The new story elements were able to grab my attention as well. Again, as soon as it clicked what type of plot/movie this was, then it worked. It's its own thing, and that's great. No "Shining" remake - except for some re-created imagery (handled with nice respect) - But most importantly: The story and characters moved forwards. Loved what they did with the character Rose the Hat. What a sinister yet oddly charming antagonist portrayed hypnotically by Rebecca Ferguson. Hope she gets the deserved credit. Ewan McGregor will always be Obi-Wan to me, but he was a fantastic choice to play Danny. He can convincingly make me believe that he's got the 'shine'. It surprises me how positive I feel about the movie! It's a neat little companion piece to the classic. Again, big props for them to go for their own thing. This is no "Force Awakens", if you know what I mean. You'll walk though memory lane here for sure. The difference is that it doesn't rely on the nostalgia to tell their story. It actually stands on its own. I'll say that if you're a big fan of the original, then it's worth taking a looksie


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,114,124, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$31,581,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,381,712
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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