The Shining

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The Shining

Stanley Kubrick (1980)

114min
15 Certificate
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Stanley Kubrick's superb adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and young Danny Lloyd as the family that is invited to look after a remote mountain hotel when it's closed for the winter. It's not long before Nicholson becomes unhinged as a series of apparitions, hallucinations and time-warps begins to affect his sanity. Trust Kubrick to be different: this horror film chills rather than shocks, works by stealth and provides nothing but eerie discomfort. Filmed on an amazing set built at Elstree (the opening aerial scenes were shot by Kubrick's daughter at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon) using a gliding Steadicam throughout, the movie boasts a technique that's as overpowering as Nicholson's performance, which is both hammy and deeply disturbing. An extended version was released in 2012.

Summary

An aspiring writer takes a caretaking job at a remote mountain hotel. It has closed for the winter, and he has been hired to get the place ready for the next season. But evil spirits haunting its corridors destroy his sanity, causing the unhinged author to rampage through the hotel and terrorise his wife and young son. Stanley Kubrick's horror, based on the Stephen King novel, with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.

Cast & Crew

Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson
Wendy Torrance Shelley Duvall
Danny Danny Lloyd
Dick Hallorann Scatman Crothers
Ullman Barry Nelson
Grady Philip Stone
Lloyd Joe Turkel
Doctor Anne Jackson
Durkin Tony Burton
Young woman in bathtub Lia Beldam
Watson Barry Dennen
Old woman in bathtub Billie Gibson
Forest ranger David Baxt
Forest ranger Manning Redwood
Grady girl Lisa Burns
Grady girl Louise Burns
Nurse Robin Pappas
Secretary Alison Coleridge
Policeman Burnell Tucker
Stewardess Jana Sheldon
Receptionist Kate Phelps
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Nov 2012
Drama