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'''''The Shining''''' is an 1980 horror film loosely based on Creator/StephenKing's [[Literature/TheShining novel of the same name]]. It was directed by Creator/StanleyKubrick and starred JackNicholson and Shelley Duvall.

Jack Torrance (Nicholson) is an alcoholic writer who takes a job as a winter caretaker for the old and luxurious Overlook Hotel, which every winter becomes completely snowed in. He brings along his wife Wendy (Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd).

As time passes, strange things start happening: Danny discovers he has psychic powers and starts receiving odd visions. In the meantime, Jack starts becoming more and more unstable: he had been warned that the previous caretaker snapped and killed his family, but that wouldn't happen again...right?

In a serious case of either TemptingFate or ParanoiaFuel, ''The Shining'' is screened every year at midwinter for those "wintering-over" at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, alongside ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]''. The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which inspired King's novel, has a channel on their cable TV that plays the film twenty-four hours a day.

Some interpretations of the film's themes are explored in the {{Documentary}}, ''Room 237''.

Not to be confused with the Franchise/ShiningSeries of videogames.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: Wendy and Jack are blonde in the novel, but have black hair in the movie.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Inverted with Wendy. She's described as being conventionally attractive in the book, whereas in the film she's portrayed by Shelley Duvall, who is more [[TheWoobie waif-like and fragile-looking]] than her novel counterpart.
** Also inverted with Jack, who is at least reasonably handsome in the books, but played by JackNicholson. Needless to say, [[SlasherSmile he wasn't chosen for]] [[UncannyValley being the typical Hollywood stud]].
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: See MythologyGag below.
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the book, Mr Ullman is a condescending, overbearing SmugSnake who epitomises everything Jack hates about authority figures and makes it clear that he doesn't want Jack at the hotel. In the film, he is very friendly, polite and completely approves of Jack as the caretaker.
* AdultFear:
** In the climax where [[spoiler: crazed Jack goes after Danny outside in the heavily snowed-in hedge maze with the full intent in killing his own son. What makes this worse it that Wendy is inside the house desperately searching for Danny, and has absolutely no idea where he is.]]
** Also, mid-film, when Danny appears with a huge bruise on his neck, and tells his mother that a crazy stranger strangled him.
* AlienGeometries: The layout of the hotel makes no sense whatsoever. Stuart Ullman's office has a nice big window in the middle of the building, the Colorado Room has multiple floor to ceiling windows with a mystery hallway behind them. The hotel interiors have nice right angles while the outside doesn't. The freezer flips sides of the hallway between shots. The spaces between the doorways in Room 237's hallway are far too small to actually contain any rooms of that size. This was done deliberately for dramatic/horror effect.
* TheAlcoholic: Jack. At one point he [[INeedAFreakingDrink bemoans the fact that there is no alcohol to be had]], and then Lloyd appears at the bar and serves him some whiskey...
* AllThereInTheManual: See MythologyGag below.
* {{Angrish}}: An AxCrazy Jack Torrance falls into these near the end of the movie when he is reduced to only being able to moan like a wounded animal.
* AssholeVictim: Arguably, Jack and even Grady are both victims of the Overlook.
* AxCrazy: '''[[SarcasmMode NO KIDDING]].'''
** Not to mention Grady before him, who unfortunately ''[[PaterFamilicide succeeded]]'' in carrying out his rampage.
* AxeBeforeEntering: One of the most famous examples, played straight but also turned UpToEleven in that, while Jack is hacking his way through the door, the camera ''follows the motion of the axe'', thereby briefly making the axe a POV character.
* BackgroundHalo: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with the black chandeliers, which gave Jack a "black halo" post snap.
* BarrierBustingBlow: Again, the axe scene.
* TheBartender: Lloyd.
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted. Hallorann spends some time travelling back to the Overlook, only to have his grand rescue cut short when he gets an axe to the chest courtesy of Jack, only a few minutes after he arrives. The fact that he brought a vehicle allows Wendy and Danny to escape, however.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Hallorann in the film.
* BloodyHorror: One of the iconic images from this film is the scene with an elevator full of blood pouring out and flooding a hallway.
* ChekhovsSkill: Danny walks through the maze with his mother near the beginning of the film. It comes in handy.
* CoordinatedClothes: The creepy sisters wear the same light blue dresses with pink ribbons. The identical look multiplies the creep out factor.
* CreepyTwins: Grady's daughters. Actually, they are specifically described in both book and film as not twins (ages 8 and 10) but in the movie they were played by real-life twin actresses.
* DaylightHorror: As horrific as it is, there are few scenes that are literally dark. It's a well-lit movie.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Implied to be the case with the ghosts, with the Overlook merely assuming their forms. Grady for instance starts off kindly and incredibly cordial, but the moment Jack recognises him and mentions the murder of his wife and children at his hands, his [[OutOfCharacterAlert entire demeanour changes]] and starts radiating pure malevolence.
* DealWithTheDevil: Hinted at in the bar scene. Jack says he'd give his soul for a drink, cue creepy bartender appearing with a full stock of booze.
* DeathByAdaptation: Dick Hallorann.
* DoingInTheWizard:
** To a certain extent, downplaying the more overtly supernatural elements of the novel. Kubrick's version gives the impression that Jack was well on the way to AxCrazy before the Overlook got hold of him.
** The film can actually be read as there being ''no'' supernatural elements at all - it's all in the minds of the characters. However, this interpretation makes little sense as stuff that happens to the other characters is foreshadowed to Danny by Tony. [[spoiler: The final shot essentially kills any non-supernatural interpretation dead, although it doesn't really explain anything, either.]]
* DualityMotif: The film uses a lot of this, with mirror reflections and symmetrical items such as double-doors, to reinforce the dual-nature of the hotel (which is practically a character itself) as well as Jack Torrance with his inner demons.
* EvilBrit: Delbert Grady.
* EvilEyebrows: Even if you knew nothing about Jack Nicholson before seeing this movie, you'd still be able to guess what's going to happen to him just by looking at his eyebrows alone, to the point where King objected to the casting of Nicholson and begged Kubrick to reconsider.
* FanDisservice: The hot girl in the bathroom. She appears ''fully naked and upfront'', yet it still looks creepy rather than sexy. [[FetishRetardant On top of that]], she turns into [[spoiler: ''a rotten naked old corpse-woman who cackles in the creepiest manner possible!'']]
* FanService: Many would argue that the [[spoiler: first]] naked lady in the bathroom was more fanservicey than not.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* ForegoneConclusion:
** The poster really doesn't leave much to the imagination as to [[AxCrazy what Jack ends up doing]].
** Creator/StephenKing himself considered Jack Nicholson's casting to be sort of a spoiler in this regard also, considering Nicholson's best-known film at the time was ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' - where he plays a crazy guy.
* GainaxEnding
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Allegedly Kubrick told the MPAA that the torrent rushing out of the elevators was rusty water and not blood in order to get the movie's trailer shown. At the time the MPAA did not allow blood to be depicted in trailers.
* HedgeMaze: The Overlook has an iconic one [[AdaptationExpansion not present in the book]], the perfect place for a scary chase scene. There is also a [[OnlyAModel scale model]] inside the hotel.
* IndianBurialGround: The Overlook is built on one. In 1987 ''San Francisco Chronicle'' columnist Bill Blakemore penned a [[http://www.drummerman.net/shining/essays.html rather intriguing essay]] arguing that the film is basically a [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory hidden commentary on the genocide of the American Indian]].
* INeverToldYouMyName: When Hallorann calls little Danny Torrance "Doc", his parents ask how Hallorann knew they call him Doc. Hallorann answers by saying Danny just looks like a Doc, but the real reason is that Danny and Hallorann both share a psychic ability, "the shining".
* KensingtonGore: Enough to float sofas down the corridor. ExecutiveMeddling almost cut it, but Kubrick [[MagnificentBastard told them it was just rusty water]].
* KubrickStare: Jack, naturally, as his sanity [[SanitySlippage begins to wane]]. He even dies with this expression.
* LargeHam: Jack Torrance, [[{{Troperithmetic}} summed up by]] "Jack Nicholson hardly does a subdued performance" + "EvilIsHammy". (Creator/StevenSpielberg first stated to Kubrick he felt Nicholson was too over-the-top. Kubrick replied by comparing him to JamesCagney)
* LegacyCharacter: Jack has ''always'' been the caretaker, according to Grady.
* LockedInTheBathroom: Wendy locks herself in the bathroom to hide from the now (literally!) AxCrazy Jack. The lock holds. The door doesn't.
* MadnessMantra:
** "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
** "REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM!"
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The film is more ambiguous towards the supernatural aspects of the story. However, the titular "Shining" is equally effective in both the film and the book - [[SpiderSense warning clearly of danger]] seconds before the axe hits the bathroom door.
* MostWritersAreWriters: The fact that Jack is a writer who is suffering severely from WritersBlock is the reason the family goes to the hotel in the first place.
* MythologyGag: Kubrick dispensed with several of the novel's plot points but kept references to them in the movie. The book explains just where Danny's imaginary friend "Tony" comes from, who the dead lady in the bathtub is, and who the person in the dog costume delivering a blow job is. [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication The film keeps these elements but with no explanation.]] Also, Kubrick did not use the novel's climax--[[spoiler: exploding boiler destroys the hotel]]--but still showed [[spoiler: the boiler]] in a couple of scenes.
* NoExceptYes: This line, as Jack has pretty much lost it and starts menacing his wife.
-->'''Jack:''' I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash them right the fuck in!
* OminousLatinChanting: As Jack is chasing down Danny through the hedge maze and Wendy is in the Overlook Hotel desperately searching for Danny, starting to hallucinate, you can hear ominous Old Church Slavonic chanting from Penderecki's ''Utrenja''.
* PaintTheTownRed: The elevator scene.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Grady refers to Hallorann as "a nigger cook". (As Pauline Kael wrote in her ''New Yorker'' review, the ghosts in this movie are so evil they're racist.)
** See IndianBurialGround above for a more ambitious unpacking of this.
* PopculturalOsmosis: The twins in front of the elevator (apparently) aren't twins at all. Just sisters who dress and look the same. Still doesn't make them [[spoiler: any less murdered by their crazy dad.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: While the movie departs from the book quite a bit, it can stand on its own.
* PrecisionFStrike: The first of abuse of Wendy by Jack is verbal, telling her quietly to "start [leaving him alone] right now and get the ''fuck'' out of here." As his sanity breaks, he starts using the word a little bit more liberally.
* PsychoStrings: Half the score sounds very much like Bernard Herrmann's work, but it's actually avant-garde music by Bela Bartok, György Ligeti and Krzysztof Pendercki.
* TheRadioDiesFirst: When Jack decides to kill Wendy and Danny, one of his first acts is to disable the radio so she cannot call for help.
* ReCut: When the film premiered, it had a final scene in which Ullman visits Wendy and Danny at the hospital and explains that [[NeverFoundTheBody Jack's body could not be found]]. About three weeks into release, Kubrick ordered this scene [[DeletedScene excised]] from all prints.
** Kubrick then trimmed an additional 30 minutes of footage for the film's European theatrical release. This shorter cut, which was his preferred version of the film, is also used for non-US DVD releases.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." It's particularly unsettling because of the sheer ''number'' of pages, with the tacit implication that Jack has been gradually losing his mind almost from the instant the family arrived in the hotel.
* SanitySlippage: The hotel causes every caretaker to lose his mind. Stephen King stated his book was about a normal man who goes crazy, and that Stanley Kubrick's film was about a crazy man who goes absolutely ''[[UpToEleven bonkers]]''.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: A major subplot is Dick Hallorann trying to contact and subsequently save the Torrances. [[spoiler:As soon as he arrives at the Overlook, Jack axes him and he dies.]]
** SubvertedTrope: His arrival with a Snow-Cat is [[spoiler:what allows Wendy and Danny to escape the hotel, so Hallorann technically succeeded in saving them]].
* ShoutOut: "[[Series/TheTonightShow Here's Johnny]]!"]
* SlasherMovie: The movie was a much different take on the kind of slasher movies that were becoming popular at the time. It's much more psychological; basically it's what happens when Creator/StanleyKubrick makes one. Notably, there are only [[spoiler: two]] deaths in the film.
* SlasherSmile: Just look at a picture of Jack during the "Here's Johnny!" scene. Of course, he ''is'' played by Jack Nicholson, so that sort of thing is expected.
* SnowMeansDeath: Justified, with [[spoiler: Jack freezing to death in the hedge maze.]]
* SnowedIn
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:The Overlook itself in the film.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** "Midnight, with the stars and youuuu..."
** "I love you, Danny. I love you more than anything else in the whole world. And I would never [[{{Foreshadow}} do anything to hurt ya, never.]] You know that, don't ya? Huh?" to Bela Bartok's somber and menacing ''Music for Percussion, Strings and Celesta.''
** Also hearing the light-hearted [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Road Runner cartoons]] in the background of otherwise deadly serious scenes.
* SpookyPhotographs: "Overlook Hotel - July 4th Ball - 1921"
* SurrealHorror: The movie doesn't explain many of the strange things that happen in the hotel. It is also left deliberately vague whether or not there are supernatural causes at work, or just figments of the characters' imaginations.
* TapOnTheHead: Wendy hits Jack on the head with a baseball bat and he falls down a flight of stairs. It's unclear which actually knocks him unconscious, but either way he's awake less than an hour later, with nothing more than a headache and a small gash for his trouble.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: It's kept deliberately vague whether the strange goings-on at the Overlook are "real" or just a product of Jack's deteriorating mental state.
* TrailOfBreadCrumbs:
** [[spoiler: Jack tracks Danny through the hedge maze by following Danny's footsteps in the snow. Danny quickly realizes what is going on and [[ExploitedTrope back-tracks through his own footsteps to throw Jack off the trail]].]]
** Wendy jokes about having to leave a trail of bread crumbs to find her way around the hotel.
* UncannyValley: Deliberately invoked by Nicholson's acting towards the beginning of the film; he seems to be cheery and dapper, but there's just something ''off'' about it, and it all feels horribly phony. Most likely done to call attention to his [[INeedAFreakingDrink need for a drink]].
* VillainousBreakdown: As Jack chases Danny into the maze and begins to slowly freeze to death, his words become more slurred and begin to degenerate until Jack is just bellowing like an ox.
* VillainProtagonist: Debatable. If one interprets the film strictly psychologically, Jack could certainly be considered one of these. However, if one accepts the supernatural interpretation, then the hotel itself (or perhaps what inhabits it) is the real villain.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: "[[CrocodileTears Wendy?]] [[ManipulativeBastard Baby?]] I think you hurt my head ''real bad''..."
* WritersCannotDoMath: Wendy tells the doctor that Danny's shoulder had been dislocated six months earlier. Later, while bitching to Lloyd the Bartender, Jack says that the dislocated shoulder incident had happened three years earlier.
*** Also, when talking to Lloyd, when taking his first drink, he says "Here's to five months on the wagon, and all the irreparable harm it's done," calling to mind how Wendy said Jack had stopped drinking when he hurt Danny, yet just a moment later, he makes the "three years" comment. It may have been to show just how much Jack is losing it, that he can no longer correctly recall important things like that, and can only focus on his desire for alcohol.
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