The Shining

1980

Stanley Kubrick
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Aspiring writer and his family agree to look after a hotel during the winter season when it it closed.

Kubrick set out to make the scariest horror film ever and he almost pulled it off. King's novel charts the leads descent into madness, but Nicholson is in the basement to start with. Shelley Duvall, love her though I do, is mostly annoying.

Fairly tame by modern standards, but still packs a wallop through the constant sense of dread in the cavernous hotel.

Note: Robin Pappas and Burnell Tucker would have appeared in a now deleted final scene proving that the Torrances were AOK.

-The Sloth

Yes, it's become a big part of pop culture, but really, it's vastly overrated (like most of Kubrick's films). The imaginary symbolism people have made up to tie the film in with moon hoaxes, overanalysis, etc. may have given the film a larger cult, but don't really help its reputation, nor that of modern "culture."

In the book, Torrance is a disgraced teacher descending into alcoholism. In the film, as Weary points out, Torrance is obviously batshit at the initial job interview. And therein lies the big problem with the film, along with Duvall's whiny annoyance of a character, as well as the kid, who's pretty annoying, too. Not hard to understand why Jack wants to turn them into kindling. The Overlook itself and its endless corridors are the real star of the film, and the final shot is a haunting one.

That all being said, when a version more accurate to the novel was attempted as a TV miniseries, it was a flop. So something ot be said for the auteur interpretation, I guess.

-Dave W.


The Shining
13th June 1980
Cinema



146 mins
1.85:1

The Shining
2nd October 1980
Cinema



146 mins
1.85:1

Shining (Old Version)
29th June 1999
DVD




1.33:1

Shining
12th June 2001
DVD




1.33:1


23rd October 2007
DVD


119 mins





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Jack Nicholson
Jack Torrance
Jack Nicholson
Jack Torrance
Jack Nicholson
Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall
Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd
Danny Torrance
Scatman Crothers
Dick Halloran
Barry Nelson
Stuart Ullman
Philip Stone
Delbert Grady
Joe Turkel
Lloyd
Anne Jackson
Doctor
Tony Burton
Larry Durkin
Lia Beldam
Young Woman in Bath
Billie Gibson
Old Woman in Bath
Barry Dennen
Watson
David Baxt
Forest Ranger 1
Manning Redwood
Forest Ranger 2
Lisa Burns
Grady Daughter
Louise Burns
Grady Daughter
Robin Pappas
Nurse
(deleted scene)
Alison Coleridge
Suzie, Ullman's Secretary
Burnell Tucker
Policeman
(deleted scene)
Jana Sheldon
Stewardess
Kate Phelps
Receptionist
Norman Gay
Injured Guest
Paul Desbois
Hotel Porter
(uncredited)
Barrie Holland
Ghost Party Guest
(uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick
Party Guest
(uncredited)
Derek Lyons
Bellhop
(uncredited)
Chris Parsons
Dinner Guest
(uncredited)
Jack Cooper
Stunts
(uncredited)
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Horace Derwent
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Roger
Glenn Rinker
Miami News Anchor
Azizi Johari
poster girl (uncredited)

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