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The Shining: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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Ratings: IMDB: 8.5/10 Metascore: 61% RT: 92%
Released: May 23, 1980
Runtime: 142 mins
Genres: Horror Thriller
Countries: UK USA
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Anne Jackson Barry Dennen Barry Nelson Burnell Tucker David Baxt Derek Lyons Jack Nicholson Jana Shelden Joe Turkel Manning Redwood Philip Stone Scatman Crothers Shelley Duvall Tony Burton

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The Shining Comments

Posted by MagicSlaughter 3 years, 9 months ago
+7 | +7 / -0

Who doesnt love this film has to be nuts. Good classic one 9/10

Posted by Cemetery Drive ( Unregistered ) 7 years, 2 months ago
+6 | +7 / -1

Don't worry; you're not alone with that. 'The Shining' IS a classic ~ the book as well as the film. The only genre I watch is horror, specifically 80's horror films. Recent movies are rarely of any interest to me ~ I find many of them typical, boring, packed with horror cliches and stereotypes, and filled with CGI to draw attention away from the fact that the storylines are pathetic. It is a loss to anyone who can't appreciate films such as 'The Shining'. And this is coming from a fifteen year old girl.

Posted by ivy1931 1 year, 6 months ago
+4 | +5 / -1

Just finshed watching the movie after reading the book. Its a great movie but i won't lie and say that i wasn't disappointed with the ending, the book had a totally different ending! I definitly loved the book more than the movie but it was still such an amazing movie with such a fabulous cast especially Jack Nicholson.

Posted by Barfly 3 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 4 months ago )
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I read the book before the movie came out and was fired up to go see it when it did. Although the movie was very good (it IS Kubrick after all) in and of itself but it certainly did not follow the book. I was disappointed to a degree. Where are the hedge animals? That was my favorite part of the book and was let down when that scene was completely omitted from the movie. And the maze? What maze? Jack didn't freeze to death and Holleran doesn't die in the book. He actually saves Danny and Wendy. But I guess you could say that Tony was the REAL hero. I agree with you, loviiekawaii!

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Posted by Anti_Hero 4 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 4 months ago )
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Great movie made by the Leg-end himself Mr Kubrick, R.I.P sir.

Posted by the87killa 6 years, 7 months ago
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I think it goes without saying that this is indeed theeeeee very best horror movie of alllll time. And the best part about it is that there's only one on scream murder or "redrum". The music complements this movie like no other, it's chilling and suspenseful. Great acting and awesome story. 10/10

Posted by TheBrood 6 years, 11 months ago
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Great movie..!!

Posted by TaureDawn 1 year, 10 months ago
+2 | +6 / -4

The Shining is not a typical hack-them-up slasher film nor it is a simply a ghost/haunted place movie - it is a combination of both in a roundabout way. It's a must see for film connoisseurs and horror movie buffs. The movie is so well acted out by the cast. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance so well that you almost believe that he is that psycho in real life - he's so convincing in this movie! Shelly Duvall was outstanding - I felt like she captured the emotions and torment of Wendy perfectly. The movie has spawned satires and jokes since it first grazed the silver screen in 1980 due to it's popularity. But the movie is not a comedy - no joking matter - it is a seriously dramatic twisted horror film that is not easily forgotten. 10/10

Posted by Ravenousbird 2 years ago
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This is a very good film. It is classic Kubrick, but it does not follow the book very well (sometimes not at all): From the opening scene in Ullman's office to the ending it was completely altered to fit the director's vision (not SK's novel and description) of what it should be. I am still waiting for this one to be done right; a remake? Jack Nicholson is superb it this film so watching it for his performance alone is worth it. Enjoy! Cheers. :)

Posted by Saragato 2 years, 12 months ago
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I agree with cyberdag that this is possibly the best King book that has been made into a film, aside from Carrie. Kubrick is a genius with this film. Everything is timed well and no one scene seems unnecessary or drawn out (which is a miracle in a 2+ hour film) and as in many other films Jack steals the show with his slow descent into madness. I've seen this film many times before but it never gets old. It's a classic!

Posted by cyberdag 2 years, 12 months ago ( Edited 2 years, 12 months ago )
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Stephen King has written some great stories and while I like to read him, I've found that not many of his books have translated well to film. This one has, mainly because of Kubrick's genius as a film maker. He's managed to capture the feel of the novel better than many films based on King's works. I've found his short stories and novellas tend to translate better, but, especially considering the length of the novel this is based on, it's quite successful. Read the book if you haven't already - it's bloody terrifying!

Posted by ryankillah1016 3 years, 7 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

number 1 horror film. The Exorcist is always number 1 on top horror lists which i hate! Don't get me wrong i like the exorcist but the shining should be number 1!!!!!!

Posted by SparrowPrince 3 years, 10 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

this should have 5 full stars...pussies. If you haven't seen this, something is wrong with you.

Posted by cindy1977 3 years, 11 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

I will always love this movie. Still creepy til this day. 10/10

Posted by zapater 4 years, 2 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

It gets better and better with each new viewing...I have never been able to find a single fault with this movie...a resounding 5/5.

Posted by WTFH 4 years, 3 months ago
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This is probably the best horror movie of all time. I can never turn the channel away from this and it comes on seemingly bi-monthly. The art put into the violence here is impeccable. 5/5

Posted by kmarquize 4 years, 4 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

One of my fav's! Nicholson is just too damn scary...creepy, creepy, creepy!! One of my favorite lines--"I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. " Awesome!!!! 10/10

Posted by Momeelina 4 years, 4 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

a good one really... but why the mom looks so weird ... !?!

Posted by hanna_darkwalls 5 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

this is a true horror movie.. they don't make 'em like this anymore...

Posted by hahnahe 5 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

it is a well performed movie, not recommend for a child even though the first time I watched I was just going to be 12 it is one of my fav movies, and never lose its scarinest and emotions after many years, you can watch it many time and feel as if you were watching the first time. well it might not be the same for some of you but for me I can watched it 10000 time. give a chance and you'll see that it might be enjoyable 11111/5

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