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The Shining (1980)

 -  Horror  -  23 May 1980 (USA)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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Storyline

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. Written by J. S. Golden

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 6,140,088 (Sweden)
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The idea for Danny Lloyd to move his finger when he was talking as Tony was his own; he did it spontaneously during his very first audition. See more »

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When Jack Torrance is at his appointment with Mr. Ullman, he talks about the tragedy that took place during the winter of 1970. Here's a quote of the conversation: Mr. Ullman: "My predecessor in this job hired a man named Charles Grady as the winter caretaker. He came up with his wife and two little girls of about 8 and 10." Later in the movie, we see multiple shots of Charles Grady daughters "ghosts" talking to Danny. Some viewers are confused because the girls are dressed identically, and thus assume them to be identical twins, and think that the two-year age gap is a goof. But one girl is taller than the other and has a differently-shaped face, so they are not twins. However, it may be worth noting that while the characters are not supposed to be twins, they were in fact played by identical twin sisters, Louise and Lisa Burns, both born in 1968. See more »

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Jack Torrance: Hi, I've got an appointment with Mr. Ullman. My name is Jack Torrance.
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After the 146 minute version of the film was met with poor reviews and weak box office in the US, Stanley Kubrick re-edited the film for European release, removing 24 minutes of footage. Included in the removed footage were the entire performances of Anne Jackson as the Doctor and Tony Burton as Larry. However, both Jackson and Burton's names were still listed in the opening credits despite them no longer appearing in the film. See more »

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One of the greatest directors, one of the greatest actors, one of the worst movies
10 December 2009 | by (Türkiye) – See all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest directors of all time and his many movies are excellent, probably because he is perfectionist, despite this is a torture for the actors who worked with him. As I read, he had gotten Shelley Duvall act the same scene 87 times, then Duvall had a nervous breakdown. It seems impossible, but unfortunately, in spite of this effort (perfectionism) there is nothing except for Jack Nicholson. Everyone talks about the bicycle scene with amazement. Yes, it was interesting, but if we think about Kubrick's other movies, it is nothing. The script is seriously mediocre, the direction is a bit better than the script. For example, the development of the story is uninspiring. Nicholson enters the bar of the house and starts to talk to a man, but also he does not react at all as if everything is fine. What a bad idea to mention that the house is uncanny. You think to yourself like what is going on here? The idea of the man who comes a mansion with his wife and children, then he starts to go mad was not well adapted in other words. The movie is in contradiction with Kubrick's coherent direction style. The final was one of the most uninspiring finals of all times and a little bit ridiculous. The characters who sense the danger and try to help are nonsense and unnecessary. Those characters only serve to thrill us, but unnecessary. The child often looks gawkily, he gapes. Those moments are very silly and to me really annoying. The hatchet scene is the best (the only best) scene of the movie. I should count the bicycle scene, too which the child rides his bike through the corridors. Generally, in fact, always, nobody does something to the bad movies which loved and overrated, but The Shining was nominated for the worst director in Razzie awards. When I learned, you can't imagine how I cheered up.


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