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The Shining

R| 2 hr. 22 min.

Plot Summary
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

Cast: Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Danny Lloyd , Scatman Crothers , Barry Nelson , Philip Stone , Joseph Turkel , Anne Jackson

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Horror

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Shining (1980)

Release Date: May 23rd, 1980|2 hr. 22 min.

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  • But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease. show more

  • When you sit down to The Shining, you sit down with normal expectations of being diverted, perhaps even being gripped, but not being undermined. But the film undermines you in powerful, inchoate ways. It's a horror story even for people who don't like horror stories - maybe especially for them. [14 Jun 1980, p.1] show more

  • Kubrick certainly doesn't fail small. One could fast forget The Shining as an overreaching, multi-levelled botch were it not for Jack Nicholson. Nicholson, one of the few actors capable of getting the audience to love him no matter what he does, is an ideal vehicle for Kubrick. [14 Jun 1980, p.E1] show more

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  • July 06, 2014 Jennie
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    John Kubrick takes Stephen Kings very scary story and makes it bone chillingly terrifying. It will make you believe in the supernatural. The movie will cleverly play on your subconscious mind placing imagery of the hotels sinister history in your mind. Kubrick makes you believe that Jack Nicholson’s character is being haunted and persuaded by the evil ghosts of the Overlook Hotel eventually leading him down a road to murder is wife and young son. He paints a terrifying and sinister picture on the screen that stays with you for years to come. Although the movie is dark and horror lurks around every corner. It has many twists and turns creating suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat biting your nails.

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