The Shining 1980-05-22 ( current )

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Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

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ANDRES GOMEZ

A masterpiece. Kubrick chose a perfect cast and uses the timing and music to create a greatly opressing atmosphere. Nicholson is superb, but Duval and the kid are not less good.

JOHN CHARD

This rum is red, man! In spite of author Stephen King not being happy with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his novel, The Shining (1980) has proved to be a critical and commercial darling. It may not be in the spirit that King wanted, but it's undeniably a skillful piece of film making, a mixture of beauty and terror, of bravura techniques and simple but effective scares. With quality acting performances to match as well. The story unfolds at a deliberately slow pace, claustrophobia oozes from practically every frame, while the narrative smarts brings to bear the ghosts of the human and supernatural kind, all bone chillingly rendered for great effect by the vast spaces - the cold winter grounds outside - of the Overlook Hotel. It's not all perfect, the screenplay is very average, which makes Kubrick's work even more impressive, but with that comes the wave of feeling about style over substance. A churlish gripe? Maybe? But with Jack Nicholson on scenery chewing overdrive and Kubrick pulling the strings, The Shining still represents a highlight in horror. A horror movie that all horror fans should see at least once - and in the best format available as well! 8/10

Cast:
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Shelley Duvall
  • Danny Lloyd
  • Scatman Crothers
  • Barry Nelson
Crew:
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Screenplay)
  • Stephen King (Novel)
  • Diane Johnson (Screenplay)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Producer)
Company:

Hawk Films

Country:

United Kingdom

Genres:

Horror

Release Date:

1980-05-22 USA

Run Time:

144 min

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