Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)
"The first epic horror film."
Jack Kroll, NEWSWEEK
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny
Director: Stanley Kubrick
- The Shining was based on Stephen Kings third published
novel, which quickly became a bestseller upon its release in 1977.
- A casting search of over 5,000 little boys in Denver, Chicago and
Kansas City (Missouri) finally yielded five-year-old Danny Lloyd to
play Danny Torrance.
- Exteriors of the Overlook Hotel were shot at Timberline Lodge near
Mount Hood, Oregon.
- The owners of Timberline persuaded Kubrick to change the pivotal
room number from 217 (as it is in the book) to 237, to keep their
room 217 from being associated with the film.
- Interiors and the outdoor garden maze were constructed on sets at
EMI-Elstree Studios in England.
- A fire in January 1979 destroyed part of the set, including rare
stills from old Warner Bros. films that were being used to portray
the history of the Overlook Hotel.
- Kubrick shot over 1.3 million feet of film during a shooting schedule
of nearly a year.
- The original version of the film contained an epilogue scene showing
Ullman (Barry Nelson) visiting Wendy Torrance in a hospital. Kubrick
ordered the scene cut out of all prints after the film had been in
release for five days, deeming the scene unnecessary.
- In 1997, Warner Bros. produced a TV miniseries version of The
Shining starring Steven Weber (Wings [1990-97]) as Jack
Think of the greatest terror imaginable. Is it a monstrous alien? A
lethal epidemic? Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick,
is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you
a member of your own family?
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds
vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and
shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role,
Jack Nicholson ("Heeeeres Johnny!") plays Jack Torrance,
whos come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season
caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance
has never been there before or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly
time warp of madness and murder.
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