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The Shining (1980)

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Critic Consensus: 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

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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall
as Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd
as Danny
Scatman Crothers
as Halloran
Barry Nelson
as Ullman
Philip Stone
as Delbert Grady
Joe Turkel
as Lloyd the Bartender
Anne Jackson
as Doctor
Tony Burton
as Durkin
Lia Beldam
as Young Woman in Bathtub
Billie Gibson
as Old Woman in Bathtub
Barry Dennen
as Watson
David Baxt
as Forest Ranger
Manning Redwood
as Forest Ranger
Lisa Burns
as Grady Girl
Louise Burns
as Grady Girl
Alison Coleridge
as Secretary
Burnell Tucker
as Policeman
Jana Sheldon
as Stewardess
Kate Phelps
as Receptionist
Norman Gay
as Injured Guest
Joseph Turkel
as Lloyd the bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Shining

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (10)

Shock effect and graphic imagery don't compensate for the sense of pointlessness and even distaste that is left at the end of the movie.

Full Review… | May 22, 2016
New York Daily News
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A masterpiece.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
TIME Magazine
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As a ghost story and adaptation of the Stephen King novel, it's largely a failure. On the other hand, as an example of directorial bravura and as a study of madness and the unreliable narrator, it's a brilliant success.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
ReelViews
Top Critic

Kubrick is after a cool, sunlit vision of hell, born in the bosom of the nuclear family, but his imagery -- with its compulsive symmetry and brightness -- is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
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The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Shining

Danny's not here right now Mrs. Torrance

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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Jack Nicholson's performance alone defines this frightening motion picture. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining may stray away from the Stephen King novel, but the film's disturbing tone and psychological barrage is memorable and, to this day, is held up as one of the most outstanding horror films ever made. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Stanley Kubrick's brilliant adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a frustrated writer forced to take the job as caretaker at a remote hotel consumed with evil. Outstanding performances by Jack Nicholson and the rest of a top notch cast add to the eerie premise created by Kubrick's use of lighting,colors, foreshadowing, music, and attention to the slightest details. This film is by all means "A masterpiece of modern horror."

Eric S
Eric S

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