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The Shining

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Director: Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Cast: Stanley Kubrick, 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

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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 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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
UPC:
0085391157106
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:24:00
Sales rank:
14,036

Special Features

Commentary by steadicam inventor/operator Garrett Brown and Historian John Baxter; Vivian Kubrick's documentary The Making of the Shining with optional commentary; 3 mesmerizing new featurettes- view from the Overlook: Crafting the Shining, the visions of Stanley Kubrick and Wendy Carlos, composer; 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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The Shining 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Sephen King's book I went to the movie theater to see this movie back when it was playing in the theaters and despite not being all that faithful to the book I liked it and thought Jack Nicholson was great as Jack Torrance. By the way: I think it needs to be pointed out that Stephen King never actually said that he hated this version of the book. I watched an interview with him on TV and he said he thought this movie was visually stunning and very scary but that some important aspects of the novel were left out that really explained why this family was doomed. The psycological horror of the alcoholisim, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Shining'' is probably the most disappointing film I've ever seen. I had heard so much about it that when I saw it, I was so disappointed. Some scenes were creepy, but the film mostly just dragged on forever. The length and pacing for the film were unbearable. This is probably the only ''classic'' horror film that just bored me to no end. Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers are both great talents, but they seemed to be wasted here. Director Stanley Kubrick seems more concerned with subtle visual details than story or character development. That was what made his sci-fi epic ''2001'' dull and boring. That same thing occurs with ''The Shining''. I was not scared out of my wits; I was mostly bored out of my skull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shelly Duvall's portrayal of Wendy Torrance was to weepy and Jack Nicholson made Jack Torrance look evil from the start runining most of the movie.
Gorodi More than 1 year ago
Although I am a dear fan of Stephen King novels and nearly all of his works, this film was not the best. The portrayal of the book The Shining in this movie was amazing, but  the acting from the female leading role was atrocious. There are memorable moments in this film, but unless you are willing to slowly arise to the climax of  the story, you may not enjoy this film. It was not one that  kept me very interested, although Jack Nicholson's performance was significant at least.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanley Kubrick's movies never are direct adaptions of the books(if based on one) that they are based upon. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, but his opinion on this movie is outlandish and childish. When the final version was shone Stephen King attacked Kubrick for not using his novel. The point is why would Kubrick want make a direct copy of a book, and Kubrick knew this, so he made his own version of that story. This movie is as good, or better than the book, and Kubrick is the reason. Sure Jack Nicholson acted superbly, but it is the Direction which really raises the bar. Stanley Kubrick used wonderful camera work to follow Danny in the maze or in the hallways, this is what makes it a directorial delight. Kubrick mixes his sets with emotion and beauty, the colorful sets make the movie even more fun to watch, and with Kubrick's classic moments and wit this movie can't be beaten. This is the best 'horror' film ever made, and it's all due to Kubrick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great movie for it's time and now. Not like the book, but the Remake is much more like the book but can't beat Jack Nicholson's spectacular performance.
gravity More than 1 year ago
Director Stanley Kubrick outdid himself in this adaptation of legendary author Stephen King's The Shining. Set in a remote hotel in the middle of nowhere, Jack Nicholson takes his wife and son to gaurd the hotel while it is closed for the winter. However, their psychic son has visions of the hotels gory past and its deadly future intentions. Jack soon looses his mind and begins a rampage through the building after his family. Kubrick directs every scene, every frame with utter perfection. Moreover, the most frightening character in the film is the music score. The eerie sounds alone builds the suspense, along with the high pitch instruments and the low bass of the tubas. Blood and gore dont play too much of an element in The Shining because it doesn't have to. A favorite classic that has yet to be outdone.
G-rant More than 1 year ago
Kubrick's the Shining is very different from King's version. However, if you are willing to accept these differences, you are in for one heck of a ride! Overall I'd give this movie a 8.5/10, or 4 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought the terror had hit the apex, Kubrick jumps out of the dark & plays ''52 card pick-up'' with your ''willies'' again! Or your emotions. 'Like staying up at night? This movie is endless BOO!!! At times I swear you can actually see, ''through your senses'', the thing that is taking over Mr. Torrence. Type-casting is magnificent with Nicholson & Duvall leading the way! All you guys that dream about twins, this movie may take that wind right out of your sails! I make the wager that this would be Alfred Hitchcocks favorite movie. Any takers?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost 30 years after it was released to much criticism and low box office results, "The Shining" proves its value as a horror film and as a Stanley Kubrick product by continuing to fascinate, scare and entertain. Watching the movie again recently on DVD "on my laptop computer, a completely new and different viewing experience for this 1980 film", I was struck by how beautiful "The Shining" is just on the level of production design and cinematography. I was only 10 when the movie was first released, so I didn't see it in theaters, but I'm sure it was awesome on the big screen. This is one of the great horror stories. The screenplay has a purity that puts it on a level with "Jaws," "The Exorcist" and "Alien." Also, it's the classic haunted house/homicidal lunatic tale. Kubrick makes us believe in two things vital to the story: the satanic power of the Overlook Hotel, and the Jeckyl/Hyde insanity of Jack Torrance. Jack's craziness feeds into the horrific psychic energies of the hotel, and vice-versa. By the end of the movie, it is clear that the hotel itself wants little Danny and poor, pathetic Wendy murdered, and that Jack is its instrument of destruction. The performances are still remarkable. This is the high-water mark of Jack Nicholson's impressive career. Who cares if he's over the top? He's terrifying all by himself in this movie, without Kubrick's zoom shots, without the gore and without the hotel. Think of him as playing a werewolf, one whose transformation is triggered by alcohol and rage instead of the full moon. Nicholson nailed it. Shelley Duvall cringes, weeps, screams, cowers and flees as Jack's enabler, Wendy. She is the weakest link in the film "you just want to slap her", but that's Kubrick's fault, not Duvall's. Watch the superlative "Making Of" documentary on the DVD and you will understand why her performance turned out the way it did. Kubrick basically hated her and made no secret of it. Then there's Danny Lloyd, as little Danny Torrance, the gifted child whose talents enrage his abusive father. Critics called his performance "wooden" back in the day, but in 2007, Lloyd makes so many contemporary child actors appear lame by comparison. "The Shining" works just fine as it is, what one critic called an "epic horror film." But there are other, deeper levels to explore, such as the significance of the hedge maze, the numbers game, the seeming "continuity errors," and two completely unrelated subtexts. One relates to McLuhan's "medium is the massage" theory, the other, to the genocide waged against American Indians "the Overlook is built on a pagan Indian burial ground". Check around on the Web for scholarly insights into these storylines. Despite some flaws, "The Shining" stands tall as one of the best films of the last quarter century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, from one scene to the next,' The Shining ' is truly unsettling. Kubrick has created a masterful film where visual and audio seem to almost overlap one another. At times you feel your watching the sound and hearing the sight. The heavy baritones in the soundtrack combining with the carmeras' slow and steady movement are orchestrated beautifully. Every symmetrical color coordinated scene credits film as art. The panoramic shots and wide open spaces of the 'Overlook' - (cleverly named since an audience cannot) - and the superb acting by Nicholson, Duvall, and Lloyd, all but pastes our eyes to the screen. This is very important to this film because it has continuous build up scene after revisited scene and if your not paying close attention, as a viewer, you may find yourself at a loss to how a particular moment came about. This is precisely why this is a brillant horror/suspense film. Stephen King's story is in a word, scary. Anytime a character is caressing insanity whether real or imagined, an audience will relate to him on either side of the coin. There is some primal fears here in the 'out of control sense. Nicholson portrays Jack Torrance frightfully. We feel he really doesn't care to much of what's happening to him or perhaps that he has found some sense of freedom wihtin the jaded reality the 'Overlook '. The audience watches in horror as his regard for consequence slowly and surely falls off the edge. Those unable to face that about themselves will start to talk during the viewing. He acts it that well. Kubrick understands horror film. No question. The scariest thing is watching someone be scared. We become scared for them so to speak and their terror becomes ours. Shelly Duvall was perfect as Wendy Torrance. Her anxiety escalated exponential to match Jacks'rage. We can see on her face the survival instinct battling with the parallizing effects of terror. Near the end, in each scene she shook more and more and seemed to get whiter and whiter. The knife in her hand made her seem eerie as if the hotel had gotten to her and it did. The chaotic undertone resonates full blast toward the end. Some of the audience feels cheated because nothing is clearly explained. Others will feel the movie stay with them a while because of that. But most of us will leave like Wendy probably in that she doesn't understand and is too scared to even think about what might of gone on. Great movie. True to the notion that we really don't see things as they are - we see things as we are. c. martino
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an instant classic from one of the greatest authors in history. This could be the best horror/dark comedy of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Shining was so cool . It was so intersting to watch the stages of how a person cracks and finally try to kill his family . The axe scene was the best . When Jack Nicholson yells out 'Herrrrrrrrrrrre's Johnny!' , the movie instantly became a classic . Even if you watch a parody of The Shining , you won't get angry because you know it's honoring a horror great . The Shining RULES !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great and legendary horror movie. it is (in my opinion) Jack Nicholson's best performance and Stanley Kubrick's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie could possibly be the most scary, psychologically intense film I have ever seen. Kubrick really messes with your head in this movie. He does a brilliant job of demonstrating the madness of a caretaker (Jack Nickelson) as he tries to murder his family. The setting is an isolated, mountain resort, in the middle of winter. This is a perfect setting for this type of thriller. The viewer will be forced to cringe, while experiencing mixed emotions of fear and disgust. The edge of your seat will be worn out because you will be sitting on it for most of the movie. Jack Nickelson also does a superb job of going insane in this movie. You can really feel the madness. After watching this movie, expect to have some of the most horrific nightmares of your life. It really is that scary. This movie is a masterpiece that will never get old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is another example of Stanley Kubrick's master hand at directing, something which he has elevated to an art. The gloomy imagry, chilling acting, and claustraphobia is juxtaposed to the cold beauty and glamor of the Overlook Hotel, creating a wonderfully eerie atmosphere. Perhaps the only problem is that because it can only be so long, it did not have time to fully and realistically portray Jack's slip into evil and it was not very true to the book. However, it will always be a classic in the horror genre and for fine filmaking alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies. Nobody does crazy like Jack Nicholson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the greatest movie ever. Im not a horror movie freak. This is not a horror film. This is a great film with great pieces of music that was hand picked by Stanley Kubrick. Most movies have a cheesy score written for it that makes the movie too dull and predictable. All the music in this movie was made years before the film was made. Most people dont realize this. And if you listen closely and watch closely, the final production must have been a bear to put together. Scenes begin and end flawlessly to the music. Especially the Bela Bartok score 'Music for STrings, Percussion, and Celesta'. GO out and find this masterpiece if you can. Plus get anything by Penderecki, he is amazing also. Chow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those movies you have to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It is sooooo scary, but a great story line. My friends and I love to watch this movie in the middle of the night in my basement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jack Nicholson in this! Even though, it is so different from the book, it is very entertaining. I love the part where Jack is sitting at the typewriter and Wendy disturbs him at his work and he lashes out at her. He was hysterical! Do yourself a favor, though and read the book or buy the audio book -- its so good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw the Shining I was very young, it was about 2 in the morning and everything was dark and still. Every few minutes I heard a sound that was amplified by the complete silence of an empty house at 2 am. Of course, when you are very young you are convinced that every sound and every shadow that seems to echo or quiver is something sinister that has nothing better to do than come get you! So this was the situation I was in - absolutely terrified of every little noise and every little movement. I made up my mind to turn on the TV, hoping that the light from the television would disperse any shadows and that the noise would hide any other sound that I couldn't explain. To my great dismay, the film that was on television was `The Shining' I don't think I slept properly for about a month afterwards! Whilst saying this, it still remains my favourite! From the moment the movie opens, all horror fans realise they are in for a treat. Jack Nicholson is on top form - steadily throughout the film becoming more and more sinister and irrational. Descending at a steady and believable pace from a man who dismisses superstition (in the first scene's interview room) to an axe wielding maniac corrupted by the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel. Although, it is not only Nicholson's performance that makes this film a classic. It is the director - Stanley Kubrick's use of colour and sound which chills you to the bone. Whether it is crimson blood gushing from the sides of the elevators or the contrasting sounds of a child riding a tri-cycle over carpeted and solid wooden floors - you are terrified! The Shinning does not use the clichés we now associate with horror movies to make us jump, for example, loud bangs accompanied by jerky visual onslaughts. It treats its audience with a bit more respect than that and tells a story of man's slow descent into madness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not enough stars to rate this film, it is without a doubt the greatest horror film ever made. Jack Nicholson's performance in this movie is absolutely mezmorizing, I consider him to be the greatest actor of all time.