The Shining

  • 15
  • Stanley Kubrick (1980)
  • US / UK
  • 114 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Stanley Kubrick

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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