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The Shining Details


"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

  • Release date:May 23, 1980


Jack Nicholson
as Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall
as Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd
as Danny Torrance
Scatman Crothers
as Dick Hallorann
Barry Nelson
as Ullman
Anne Jackson
as Doctor
Joe Turkel
as Lloyd
Tony Burton
as Durkin
Manning Redwood
as Forest Ranger
Barry Dennen
as Watson
Robin Pappas
as Nurse
Jana Sheldon
as Stewardess
Norman Gay
as Injured Guest
David Baxt
as Forest Ranger 1
Lia Beldam
as Young Woman in Bathtub
Burnell Tucker
as Policeman
Billie Gibson
as Old Woman in Bathtub
Lisa Burns
as Grady Daughter


Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Stephen King
Book Author
Wendy Carlos
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Lovejoy
Les Tomkins
Art Director
Martin Richards
Associate Producer
Jan Harlan
Executive Producer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Terry Needham
First Assistant Director
Kelvin Pike
Camera Operator
James Devis
Camera Operator
Douglas Twiddy
Production Manager
Douglas Milsome
Second Unit Director