THE SHINING (1980)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Turner Classic Movies]:

Frustrated writer Jack Torrance takes a job as
the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked
Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. When he
arrives there with his wife and son, they learn that
the previous caretaker had gone mad.






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"Slowly told but satisfying 'man-goes-bonkers' tale.
Jack Nicholson is superb. And this DVD has one of
the best Making-Of extras ever made."

-- David Von Pein







"Mr. Nicholson's Jack [Torrance] is one of his most vibrant
characterizations, furiously alive in every frame and fueled by
an explosive anger. Mr. Nicholson is also devilishly funny,
from his sarcastic edge at the film's beginning to his cry of
'Heeere's Johnny!' as he chops down a bathroom door to get to
Miss Duvall. .... Meticulously detailed and never less than
fascinating, 'The Shining' may be the first movie that ever
made its audience jump with a title that simply says 'Tuesday'."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; May 23, 1980







"Stanley Kubrick's cold and frightening 'The Shining' challenges
us to decide: Who is the reliable observer? Whose idea of
events can we trust? .... In a snowbound hotel, three people
descend into versions of madness or psychic terror, and we
cannot depend on any of them for an objective view of what
happens. It is this elusive open-endedness that makes
Kubrick's film so strangely disturbing. ....
'How was it, working with Kubrick?' I asked [Shelley] Duvall
10 years after the experience. 'Almost unbearable,' she said.
'Going through day after day of excruciating work, Jack Nicholson's
character had to be crazy and angry all the time. And my character had
to cry 12 hours a day, all day long, the last nine months straight, five
or six days a week. I was there a year and a month. After all that work,
hardly anyone even criticized my performance in it, even to mention it,
it seemed like. The reviews were all about Kubrick, like I wasn't there.'
Like she wasn't there."

-- Roger Ebert; June 18, 2006











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