The Shining is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Former teacher and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance (Nicholson) interviews for a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel in an effort to rebuild his life after his volatile temper lost him a teaching position. The hotel manager, Mr. Ullman, warns Jack that he and his family will be snowbound through most of the winter and of the potential for cabin fever. He further reinforces his point by recounting a season when the caretaker, Charles Grady, went crazy and brutally killed his wife, his two girls (ages eight and ten), and finally himself. Given his own desperation and the opportunity to pursue his true passion, writing, Jack acknowledges the warning, but accepts the job.

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1 min 34 sec Duration
  • Posted: October 23, 2007
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writer: Stephen King
  • Studio: Warner Bros Pictures
  • Release: May 23, 1980
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

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