Shining, The (Warner 1980, Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall)

The Shining 1980 Jack Nicholson

In The Shining, hired to look after an old resort hotel during a desolate Colorado winter, frustrated writer and family man Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is driven mad by his fear of failure and the evil spirits of the haunted building.

Working from the best-selling Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick employs his outstanding visual sense, along with clever special effects, to establish a creepy, menacing tone throughout, as insane Nicholson, both comic and sinister, turns on his own family. Shelley Duvall plays his panicked wife and Danny Lloyd plays his clairvoyant son, whose eerie gift-his shining”-seems the family’s only hope.”

When Stanley Kubrick hired novelist Diane Johnson to help him write the script for the movie, she was on the faculty at the University of California, teaching Gothic literature.

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd as Danny
Scatman Crothers as Hallorann
Barry Nelson as Ullman
Joe Turkel as Lloyd
Anne Jackson as Doctor
Tony Burton as Durkin
Barry Dennen as Watson

Producer and Director: Stanley Kubrick
Director of Photography: John Alcott
Editor: Ray Lovejoy
Screenwriters: Diane Johnson, Stanley Kubrick
Production Designer: Roy Walker
Art Director: Les Tomkins

production details
Year of Release: 1980
Studio: Warner Bros
Duration: 146 minutes

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