"Heeere’s Johnny!"
– Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

"The first epic horror film."
– Jack Kroll, NEWSWEEK

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Fast Facts:

  • The Shining was based on Stephen King’s 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 Torrance.

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 ("Heeeere’s Johnny!") plays Jack Torrance, who’s 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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