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The Shining [1980] (1 disc)

Director:Stanley Kubrick
Writer:Diane Johnson
Stanley Kubrick
Composer:Rachel Elkind
Wendy Carlos
Length:142 minutes
(2 hours 22 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:88%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: King is a master of horror and Kubrick is a master of atmosphere. This one can get a bit weird but it's quite solid. Just not my kind of thing.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Stanley Kubrick => Director / Writer
Diane Johnson => Writer
Rachel Elkind => Composer
Wendy Carlos => Composer
Stephen King => Novel
Anne Jackson => Doctor
Barry Dennen => Bill Watson
Barry Nelson => Stuart Ullman
Bertha Lynn => TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Billie Gibson => Old Woman in Bath
Burnell Tucker => Policeman
Danny Lloyd => Danny Torrance
Derek Lyons => Overlook Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)
Glenn Rinker => Television news anchor (uncredited) / Himself
Jack Nicholson => Jack Torrance
Joe Turkel => Lloyd the Bartender
Lia Beldam => Young Woman in Bath
Lisa Burns => Grady Daughter
Louise Burns => Grady Daughter
Norman Gay => Injured Guest
Philip Stone => Delbert Grady
Scatman Crothers => Dick Hallorann
Shelley Duvall => Wendy Torrance
Tony Burton => Larry Durkin
Vivian Kubrick => Smoking Guest on Ballroom Couch (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Stephen King tried to talk Stanley Kubrick out of casting Jack Nicholson in the lead suggesting, instead, either [?] Michael Moriarty or Jon Voight. King had felt that watching either of these normal-looking men gradually descend into madness, would have immensely improved the dramatic thrust of the storyline.
  • Stanley Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive (as they do in the book) was unworkable due to restrictions in special effects, so he opted for a hedge maze instead.
  • Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the line "Here's Johnny!" in imitation of announcer [?] Ed McMahon's famous introduction of [?] Johnny Carson on U.S. network NBC-TV's long-running late night television program [The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson]. Stanley Kubrick, who had been living in England since before Carson took over [The Tonight Show], had no clue what "Here's Johnny!" meant. Carson once used the clip of Nicholson as the introduction to one of his annual anniversary specials.
  • Every time Jack talks to a "ghost", there's a mirror in the scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because in the food locker scene he only talks to Grady through the door. We never see Grady in this scene.
  • Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the elevators in only three takes. This would be remarkable if it weren't for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up; every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick would say, "It doesn't look like blood." In the end, the shot took approximately a year to get right.
  • During filming, Stanley Kubrick made the cast watch Eraserhead, Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist to put them in the right frame of mind.
  • Billie Gibson, the old woman in the tub, has been falsely rumored to be [?] Ann Gibson, Mel Gibson's late mother. And neither she nor Lia Beldam (the young version of that same woman) appeared in another movie before or after this one.
  • Stanley Kubrick's first choice to play Danny Torrance was Cary Guffey, the young boy from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Guffey's parents apparently turned down the offer due to the film's subject matter.
  • The throwing around of the tennis ball inside the overlook hotel was Jack Nicholson's idea. The script originally only specified that, "Jack is not working".
  • Outtakes of the shots of the Volkswagen traveling towards the Overlook at the start of the film were plundered by Ridley Scott (with Stanley Kubrick's permission) when he was forced to add the 'happy ending' to the original release of Blade Runner.