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Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Years following the events of "The Shining," 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.

Director:

Mike Flanagan

Writers:

Stephen King (based on the novel by), Mike Flanagan (screenplay)
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Cast

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
Catherine Parker ... Silent Sarey
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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The next chapter in The Shining story. See more »


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

Other than a few establishing shots at Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, Oregon and Glacier National Park, Montana (opening scene), the original Shining was filmed almost entirely at Elstree Studios and takes place entirely in the state of Colorado. This film was largely shot on location and spans several states, including New Hampshire, Ohio, and Iowa. This mirrors the themes of the two novels: The Shining (1980) largely deals with addiction, isolation and confinement, whereas Doctor Sleep (2019) deals with sobriety, pursuit and escape. 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

Dick Hallorann: You can put things from the Overlook away in boxes, but not memories. They are the real ghosts. You take them with you.
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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

Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight with the Stars and You
Written by Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell (as James Campbell) and Reginald Connelly
Performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Different Experience Than The Shining, But Still Worth Watching
11 November 2019 | by jeffreyoliverrockSee all my reviews

While I don't consider it a masterpiece, I did enjoy the classic Kubrick rendition of The Shining, and I understand why it has the fan base it does. Seeing the trailer for Doctor Sleep and discovering Ewan McGregor was playing an adult Danny Torrance, I thought the concept might be interesting.

Everyone acts fantastic in this film. I thought Ewan McGregor built a very nice character. If I had imagined how Danny might have turned out after the first film ended, I don't think I would have predicted it much different. There are a few intense moments with the villains (Primarily Rose the Hat and Snakebite Andi) that made me absolutely hate them (which is a good thing). I think the things they do in the film would make anyone want them to see a terrible fate.

I found myself smiling at the call-backs to the classic movie, and when Danny returns to the Overlook Hotel. It's been a while since I've said to myself "Oh wow, there it is" that many times at a film. I will say there are a couple scenes at the Overlook that feel like they were written in to make the fan base happy rather than be part of the story, but nothing that drags on too long.

As far as it being a scary film, you may jump a few times, and some scenes are a little disturbing, but by Stephen King standards, it's more of a suspense film.

An advantage I'll give this film over The Shining is that even though the film is two and a half hours, it doesn't get boring. Not that The Shining was boring, but it is a very slow film. Stanley Kubrick loved to throw in very long shots in his films, and while I personally think they worked sometimes, other times they were excessive, and in The Shining, they were excessive to me.

I think this film is at least worth a watch whether you're a fan of the Kubrick film or not, because it's sort of it's own film in a way. It shows enough of the classic film to have a connection, but also has a story different enough and good enough to hold it's own.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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