Struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter janitor at the Overlook Hotel, which is closed for the season due to winter weather. The manager warns Jack that, some years back, a previous caretaker, Dilbert Grady, went crazy and chopped up his family with an axe. Seemingly unconcerned by this horror story, Jack brings in his wife, Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd).
Danny meets the cook (Scatman Crothers) who explains that he happens to possess ´the shining´, the gift of second sight. Tension starts to build as Danny suddenly has a mysterious wound on his neck that he said he got by going into room 237. Jack starts lashing out at Wendy, and things seem to get worse. Danny's increasing visions and Jack's increasing madness seem to run on parallel courses, until one or the other explodes.
Release date: May 23, 1980
Stephen King tried to talk Stanley Kubrick out of casting Jack Nicholson in the lead. King had felt that Nicholson appeared fairly crazy from the very start, thus there was little or no surprise when Jack ultimately went totally overboard.
The Timberline Lodge was used for the exteriors, but all the interiors were built on a soundstage in London, England. The management of the Timberline Lodge requested Kubrick not to use room 217 (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237
At first the set designers used a prop door made of very thin wood, but Nicholson's technique with the axe was so good that the prop doors shattered into a million pieces when he hit them, so a real, thickly constructed door was substituted.
Kubrick demanded 127 takes from Shelley Duvall in one scène.
Jack Nicholson came up with “Heeere’s Johnnie”
The shining is the third novel by author Stephen King.
Stephen King was unhappy with Kubrick’s take on his work so he re-acquired the rights to write another screenplay, which was the basis for a 1997 miniseries.
Jack has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
It’s located between Highland avenue and Orange Drive.
Jack started out as an office boy at MGM's cartoon department and soon began performing on the stage and in soap opera's.
About 1957 he met B-film king Roger Corman , who offered him the leading role in his low-budget film The Cry Baby Killer (1958).
Nicholson spent the next decade playing major roles in B-films but in 1969 his life changed playing a boozy Southern lawyer in a biker film, Easy rider. Nicholson's newfound stardom was secured with his leading role in Five Easy Pieces (1970) and Chinatown (1970).
Nicholson took home Oscar gold in 1975 for his portrayal of mental patient Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
He directed and starred in an revisionist western, Goin' South (1978). Critics were divided over The Shining (1980), in which Jack went crazy for nearly two hours.
In 1989, a wicked Nicholson appeared as The Joker in the blockbuster hit Batman.
By the 1990s, Nicholson was regarded as a screen icon and his notable roles included a colonel in A Few Good Men (1992); the title role in Hoffa (1992); a werewolf in Wolf (1994); and an obsessive-compulsive writer in As Good As It Gets (1997).