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The Shining

  • 1980
  • R
  • 119min
  • 87%
  • 8.4 / 10

The movie follows a family staying at the Overlook Hotel, a place with a gruesome and murderous past. Jack, a writer, his wife, and his psychically gifted son, find themselves snowed in at the hotel in the midst of a monstrous blizzard. As they uncover the past of the place involving the deaths of the previous owner's family at his own hands in a fit of psychotic rage, the family finds themselves falling prey to a similar fate. Supernatural forces haunt the hotel, showing horrific visions to its inhabitants, and driving them to insanity. As Jack loses his grip on reality, he struggles against violent urges, and the entire family must fight to survive their ordeal.

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As with most of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's films, The Shining is held as one of the greatest of its genre, a staple of horror films, and a pop culture icon among today's culture. Though the movie was not extremely well received upon release, a common theme among eventual horror classics, it has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest films of all time, horror or otherwise, and one of Kubrick's most beloved works. The film's iconic imagery, characters, and lines of dialog are so well known today that they have been accepted into the pop culture vernacular, with loads of other movies, TV shows, and memorabilia released since, drawing on the movie's greatness and popularity.

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The Shining is a 1980 American horror film written, directed, and produced by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by famed horror author Stephen King. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The score was provided by Wendy Carlos, who also worked with Kubrick on his film A Clockwork Orange. The movie's production was handled by The Producer Circle, Peregrine, and Hawk Films, with Distribution by Warner Brothers. It was made on a budget of $19 million and earned over $44 million in its North American theatrical run.