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The Shining Behind The Scenes

AKA:
The Shining Picture
1980
Joe Turkel in a rare appearance [see trivia]
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1980 Horror / Occult movie starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers et al.
Contributed by: Ronnie Friend
Stephen King not only came up with the idea for 'The Shining' while staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO but also came up with the idea for 'Pet Cemetary' when he was walking through the woods and stumbled across a pet cemetary that was at one time used by staff of the Stanley. In the TV Remake of 'The Shining', they actually filmed it in the Stanley and did a very good job of making it look secluded, because right in front of the hotel is a strip mall and I believe a Safeway grocery store.
Contributed by: 80sguy
Jack Nicholson's acting performance throughout the chasing parts of the movie (near the end) were so good that it truly freightened Shelley Duvall. Many of her reactions are real and she was upset with Nicholson for scaring her so badly.
The special effects team could not come up with a satisfactory way of creating the hedge animals, which come to life in the novel, so the hedge maze was substituted in its place.
While not the first film to use the Steadicam, it was the first film to use the handheld camera stabilization device so extensively and effectively. Scenes such as Danny's tricycle ride around the hotel lobby, the tour through the kitchen and the chase through the hedge maze could not have been photographed as effectively as they were without the invention.
Diane Johnson related that she and Kubrick tried all sorts of phrases for Jack's book, such as "A stitch in time..." etc. before finally picking "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
The management of the Timberline Lodge requested that Kubrick not 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.
Contributed by: Jimmy Green
Kubrick's shooting ratio for The Shining was 102 feet of film for each 1 used in the final cut. The average is 5 feet to each 1 used.
Contributed by: Ryan F.
Nicholson ad-libbed the line "Here's Johnny!" He's actually mimicking the opening line to the Johnny Carson show: 'Heeeeeeere's Johnny!' Nevertheless, it took over a hundred takes before Stanley Kubrick finally was satisfied. It is one of the highest number of takes in the world. Kubrick, however, was full of praise for his star, saying, "I believe that Jack is one of the best actors in Hollywood, perhaps on a par with the greatest stars of the past like Spencer Tracy and Jimmy Cagney. His work is always interesting, clearly conceived and has magic. Jack is particularly suited for roles which require intelligence. He is an intelligent and literate man and these are almost impossible to act. In The Shining, you believe he's a writer, failed or otherwise."
Contributed by: Jacob Yeske
Upon visiting the hotel where The Shining film was made, I learned that it is also the suposed Aspen hotel where Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels stay in Dumb & Dumber, if you visit the hotel it has pictures of all the films that have been made there and you can even go into the bar where Jim Carrey shouts "We landed on the moon".
The movie's budget was $19 million.
Contributed by: Greg
The Shining holds the Guinness world record for "Most Takes in a Dialogue Scene". Stanley Kubrick demanded 127 takes of the baseball bat scene with Shelley Duvall. A scene with Duvall and 5-Year-Old Danny Lloyd took about 80 takes and 50-60 takes were used for the scene when Jack Nicholson is persuing Duvall up the stairs.
Contributed by: Geoffrey Robe
Some of the movie was filmed at Elstree studios in London where the reality show "Big Brother", game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and soap "Eastenders" are now filmed.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
Shelly Duvall was constantly supplied with bottles of water due to her being dehydrated because of all the crying she had to do during filming.
During the filming of The Shining, Jack Nicholson was allegedly so disgusted, by the way Stanley Kubrick mistreated Shelly Duvall and Scatman Crothers, he vowed that he would never work for the director again. He, to this day, has stuck to his promise.
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Deleted Scenes
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Alternate Versions
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For the Italian version of the film, Kubrick used the phrase "Il mattino ha l' oro in bocca" ("He who wakes up early meets a golden day"). For the German version, it was "Was Du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen" ("Don't postpone something, that can be done today.") For the Spanish version, it was "No por mucho madrugar amanece ms temprano" ("Although one will rise early, it won't dawn sooner.")
Contributed by: Jimmy Green
There is a longer version of The Shining that features an interview with a doctor after Danny's 'shine' in the bathroom - this, along with other footage throughout the film (including an extended ending) was edited by Kubrick after the original UK premiere. It has been shown on UK TV, but has never been released on video or DVD (at least in the UK).
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