Shining

Shining

4.4 54
Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

     
 

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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel… See more details below

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Overview

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
While Stanley Kubrick's The Shining easily stands out among the best-ever interpretations of Stephen King novels, it also ranks high in a more significant class -- it's one of the master director's most entertaining efforts, and by far his most conventionally chilling. King's tale is simple: Struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) signs on for a winter caretaking job at a Colorado hotel, one that is eventually snowbound and definitely haunted. During the long winter months, his writer's block grows worse while his wife, Wendy (the brilliantly nervous Shelley Duvall), and quiet son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), take in the gathering gloom with increasing unease. The story may be textbook King, but the film is Kubrick through-and-through. The director's signature wide-angle shots and alienating tone highlight the psychic abilities of young Danny's curious "shine" and make way for the downfall of Nicholson's tortured Jack. Nicholson is at the top of his game here, offering a history-making performance ("Heeeere's Johnny!") that works unnatural wonders with Kubrick's icy imagery. Despite some differences from the novel, which inspired King to readapt it for TV in the 1990s, The Shining remains a uniquely unsettling experience, and one of the more quotable movies of its era ("redrum!"). Released in 1980, the film could be considered a fitting coda to the '70s -- a golden age for horror that included such scary classics as The Exorcist and The Omen.
All Movie Guide
Eliminating most of the supernatural episodes from the original Stephen King novel, Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining is at once a coolly ironic near-parody (with a Jack Nicholson performance that defines "over the top") and a genuinely chilling dissection of how a family breaks down when the father cannot (or does not want to) perform his duties as provider and protector. Making the most of the then-new Steadicam technology for intricate camera movements, Kubrick renders the hotel and maze palpable as Danny moves through them, while turning the Overlook itself into an eerily threatening entity, punctuated by Danny's vividly disturbing shinings. It isn't just Jack who is psychotic: it is the hotel and all it represents about the American system. Positioned to be a summer hit, The Shining was released to decidedly mixed reviews (including from King, who vocally objected to Kubrick's alterations of his novel); although it was the most successful movie Kubrick had made, it did not become the blockbuster that he had hoped. Despite this checkered reception, Kubrick's ability to combine icy detachment with visceral dread makes The Shining a profoundly creepy interrogation of madness, memory, and familial disintegration. Lucia Bozzola
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Eliminating most of the supernatural episodes from the original Stephen King novel, Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining is at once a coolly ironic near-parody (with a Jack Nicholson performance that defines "over the top") and a genuinely chilling dissection of how a family breaks down when the father cannot (or does not want to) perform his duties as provider and protector. Making the most of the then-new Steadicam technology for intricate camera movements, Kubrick renders the hotel and maze palpable as Danny moves through them, while turning the Overlook itself into an eerily threatening entity, punctuated by Danny's vividly disturbing shinings. It isn't just Jack who is psychotic: it is the hotel and all it represents about the American system. Positioned to be a summer hit, The Shining was released to decidedly mixed reviews (including from King, who vocally objected to Kubrick's alterations of his novel); although it was the most successful movie Kubrick had made, it did not become the blockbuster that he had hoped. Despite this checkered reception, Kubrick's ability to combine icy detachment with visceral dread makes The Shining a profoundly creepy interrogation of madness, memory, and familial disintegration.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0883929091614
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:22:00
Sales rank:
825

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes documentary the making of The Shining with commentary by director Vivian Kubrick; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd Danny Torrance
Scatman Crothers Dick Hallorann
Barry Nelson Ullman
Anne Jackson Doctor
Philip Stone Grady
Joe Turkel Lloyd
Tony Burton Durkin
David Baxt Forest Ranger 1
Lia Beldam Young Woman in Bathtub
Lisa Burns Grady Daughter
Barry Dennen Watson
Norman Gay Injured Guest
Robin Pappas Nurse
Manning Redwood Forest Ranger
Jana Sheldon Stewardess
Burnell Tucker Policeman

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Alcott Cinematographer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Diane Johnson Screenwriter
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Kelvin Pike Camera Operator
Tom Smith Makeup
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
Terry Needham Asst. Director
James Devis Camera Operator
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Douglas Twiddy Production Manager
Wendy Carlos Score Composer
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Shining
1. Drive to the Overlook [2:59]
2. The Interview [2:04]
3. Quite a Story [5:28]
4. Bloody Vision [1:34]
5. The Doctor's Questions [2:15]
6. Family History [3:13]
7. Closing Day [2:52]
8. The Tour [4:27]
9. Doc Gets the Message [3:52]
10. Talk of Shining - and Room 237 [5:18]
11. A Month Later: Bouncing and Exploring [6:18]
12. Tuesday: Curiosity for Danny, Rules for Wendy [5:31]
13. Thursday: Snowbound [:51]
14. Saturday: Slipping out of Touch [2:24]
15. Come and Play [1:58]
16. Monday: "I Love You, Danny" [5:45]
17. Wednesday: Room 237 Beckons [:02]
18. Nightmares and Neck Wounds [1:31]
19. The Gold Room [4:00]
20. Words of Wisdom [3:28]
21. Halloran Shines; Room 237 Spooks [2:54]
22. Danny Shines; Jack Rages [7:51]
23. The Party [5:26]
24. Delbert Grady [3:11]
25. "Redrum! Danny's Not Here" [6:10]
26. Sabotage' [2:22]
27. Halloran Flies in [1:44]
28. All Work and No Play [3:41]
29. What Should Be Done With Danny [4:19]
30. Jack in Storage; Wendy in a Frenzy [5:36]
31. Grady Intervenes; Halloran En Route [4:57]
32. "Redrum!" [4:19]
33. "Here's Johnny" [2:24]
34. On the Prowl [4:20]
35. Halloran Killed [2:02]
36. Into the Maze [2:50]
37. "Great Party, Isn't It?" [1:46]
38. Escape [2:53]
39. The Overlook Claims Jack [3:53]
40. End Credits [2:20]

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