Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
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Jack Torrance is a writer who urgently needs a side job that would allow him to establish his financial situation. And soon he gets the great opportunity to become a caretaker in a luxury multi-story hotel, which is located away from civilization. Here, in a paradise, he will be able to live with his family all season, while receiving wages for this. He could not even dream of such a thing before. And he was not at all afraid of the fact that in the coming months they would be cut off from the rest of the world.
Soon they arrive in this magnificent building, which immediately made an incredible impression on them. The first days they spent quite happily and did not think that at some point this trip would turn into bloody madness for them. Troubles began after the son of the protagonist began to notice strange things in the house that shocked him to the core. However, the parents attributed everything that was happening to the child’s imagination and his stress caused by the move. But the head of the family began to see a notice of strangeness. Will they be able to figure out what is happening and not get lost in this godforsaken place?
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Haunted by a persistent writer’s block, the aspiring author and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance, drags his wife, Wendy, and his gifted son, Danny, up snow-capped Colorado’s secluded Overlook Hotel after taking up a job as an off-season caretaker. As the cavernous hotel shuts down for the season, the manager gives Jack a grand tour, and the facility’s chef, the ageing Mr Hallorann, has a fascinating chat with Danny about a rare psychic gift called “The Shining”, making sure to warn him about the hotel’s abandoned rooms, and, in particular, the off-limits Room 237. However, instead of overcoming the dismal creative rut, little by little, Jack starts losing his mind, trapped in an unforgiving environment of seemingly endless snowstorms, and a gargantuan silent prison riddled with strange occurrences and eerie visions. Now, the incessant voices inside Jack’s head demand sacrifice. Is Jack capable of murder?
Based on The Shining by Stephen King
Creators: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Star Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Producer (s): Stanley Kubrick
Cinematographer: John Alcott
Music: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
Production House: The Producer Circle Company, Peregrine Productions, Hawk Films
Original network / Official Sites: Warner Bros.
Release Year: 13 June 1980 (USA)
Genres: Drama, Horror
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, Hindi
Subtitles: English, Bengali
Writer Jack Torrance arrives at the remote Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains to be interviewed for the position of winter caretaker. The hotel, which opened in 1909 and was built on the site of a Native American burial ground, closes during the snowed-in months. Once hired, Jack plans to use the hotel’s solitude to write. Manager Stuart Ullman warns Jack about the hotel’s reputation: a previous caretaker, Charles Grady, killed his family and himself. Jack is nevertheless impressed with the hotel and takes the job. In Boulder, Jack’s son, Danny, has a premonition about the hotel, and Jack’s wife, Wendy, tells a doctor about Danny’s imaginary friend, Tony. She also reveals that Jack is a recovering alcoholic who once injured Danny in a drunken rage.
When the family moves into the hotel, head chef Dick Hallorann surprises Danny by telepathically offering him ice cream. Hallorann explains to Danny that he and his grandmother shared this telepathic ability, which he calls “shining”. Hallorann tells Danny that the hotel has a “shine” and its own memories. He also tells Danny to stay away from room 237.
A month passes; while Jack’s writing goes nowhere, Danny and Wendy explore the hotel’s hedge maze and Hallorann goes to Florida. Wendy learns that the phone lines are out due to the heavy snowfall. Danny has frightening visions, while Jack becomes prone to violent outbursts as his mental health deteriorates. Danny’s curiosity about room 237 overtakes him when he sees the room’s door open. Later, Wendy finds Jack screaming during a nightmare while asleep at his typewriter. After she awakens him, Jack says he dreamed that he killed her and Danny. Danny arrives, visibly traumatized and bruised. Wendy accuses Jack of abusing him, which Jack denies.
Jack wanders into the hotel’s Gold Room and meets a ghostly bartender named Lloyd, to whom he complains about his marriage. Wendy tells Jack that Danny told her a “crazy woman” in room 237 attempted to strangle him. Jack investigates room 237 and encounters a dead woman’s ghost, but he tells Wendy that he saw nothing. Wendy and Jack argue over whether Danny should be removed from the hotel, and Jack returns to the Gold Room, which is now filled with ghosts attending a ball. He meets a ghostly waiter who identifies himself as Delbert Grady. The ghost informs Jack that Danny has reached out to Hallorann using his “talent”, and says that Jack must “correct” his wife and child. After telepathically sensing Danny’s fear, Halloran flies back to Colorado. Danny calls out “redrum” and goes into another trance, referring to himself as “Tony”.
Wendy discovers that Jack has been typing pages filled with the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. She begs a psychotic Jack to leave the hotel with Danny, but he threatens her. Wendy knocks him unconscious with a baseball bat and locks him in the kitchen pantry, but she and Danny are both trapped as Jack has disabled the hotel’s two-way radio and snowcat. Jack converses through the pantry door with Grady, who unlocks the door, freeing Jack.
Danny continues chanting and drawing the word “REDRUM”. When Wendy sees the word reversed in the bedroom mirror, the word is revealed to be “MURDER”. Jack hacks through the quarters’ main door with an axe. Wendy sends Danny through the bathroom window, but cannot get out herself. Jack breaks through the door, but retreats after Wendy slashes his hand with a knife. Hearing Hallorann arriving in a snowcat, Jack ambushes and murders him in the lobby, then pursues Danny into the hedge maze. Wendy runs through the hotel looking for Danny, encountering ghosts, a cascade of blood Danny envisioned in Boulder, and Hallorann’s corpse. In the hedge maze, Danny lays a false trail to mislead Jack and hides behind a snowdrift while Jack follows the false trail.
Danny escapes from the maze and reunites with Wendy; they leave in Hallorann’s snowcat, while Jack, now hopelessly lost in the maze, freezes to death. In a photograph in the hotel hallway, Jack is pictured standing amid a crowd of party revelers from 1921.