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Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Jack Nicholson
Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall
Winifred "Wendy" Torrance
Danny Lloyd
Danny Torrance
Scatman Crothers
Dick Hallorann
Barry Nelson
Stuart Ullman
Philip Stone
Delbert Grady
Joseph Turkel
Lloyd the Bartender
Tony Burton
Larry Durkin
Lia Beldam
Young Woman in Bath
Billie Gibson
Old Woman in Bath
Barry Dennen
Bill Watson
Jan Harlan
Executive Producer
Wendy Carlos
Original Music
Rachel Elkind
Original Music
Béla Bartók
Non-Original Music
Hector Berlioz
Non-Original Music
György Ligeti
Non-Original Music
Krzysztof Penderecki
Non-Original Music
John Alcott
Cinematographer
Ray Lovejoy
Film Editor
Roy Walker
Production Designer
Leslie Tomkins
Art Direction
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Leonard
Hair Stylist
Tom Smith
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Critic Reviews for The Shining

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (15)

Audience Reviews for The Shining

  • Aug 20, 2019
    Here's something not often talked about regarding The Shining: it contains one of the best soundtracks in movie history.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2016
    Danny's not here right now Mrs. Torrance
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    I loved the book better than the film. Stanley Kubrick gives his visions to lots of films he has done and made them so perfectly right.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    Chilling, haunting and unforgettable - The Shining is a horror masterpiece that radiates some of the finest filmmaking of all time.
    Sean T Super Reviewer

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