The Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood in
Oregon was used for the exteriors, but all the interiors were
shot at Elstree Studios outside of London. (2001: A Space
Odyssey and Star Wars were also shot here) Both the Hotel
interiors and the Maze were built on these soundstages.
"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".
"The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence
("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy") repeated over
and over. Kubrick had each page individually typed. 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 más temprano"
("Although one will rise early, it won't dawn sooner.")"
Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive was
unworkable, so he opted for a maze instead.
"Here's Johnny!" was ad-libbed by Nicholson.
Jack Torrance (#26) was voted onto
AFI's 100 Heroes and Villains list.
"Danny can be seen wearing a sweater with a crude drawing of a
rocket and the text "2001" on it: a reference to Kubrick's "
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)."
This was the first movie to extensively exploit the Steadicam,
a camera mounting system that enabled a single person to mount
a 35mm camera on their shoulder.
The budget for "The Shining" was $18 million and for the
miniseries it was $25 million.
Stephen King originally wanted Mike Moriarty (It's Alive III,
Q, The Stuff) or Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) for the part of
Kubrick toyed with the idea of killing off all the main
characters and having them return as ghosts at the end. King
talked him out of it.
The shot was suppose to last 17 weeks. It ran from May
The Shining has grossed over $30 million in video/dvd rentals.
Stanley Kubrick had a large stack of books that he was looking
through to find a movie project. For a couple of hours, his
secretary could hear him pick up a book, read it for about a
minute, and then hurl it into the wall. She then noticed that
this hadn't happened in a while, so she went in to check on
him, and found him reading Stephen King's "The Shining". King
says that this is really strange, because the start of the
book is very slow, and doesn't have much to do with the rest
of the story.
During the making of the movie, Kubrick would call King at 3am
and ask him questions like "Do you believe in God?"
Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive was
unworkable, so he opted for a hedge maze instead.
Kubrick demanded 127 takes from Shelley Duvall in one scene.
The Shining (#29) was voted onto
AFI's America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies.
Stanley Kubrick ordered more than 120 takes in the scene where
the camera simply slowly zooms in on Scatman Crothers as he
"shines" in his bedroom. Kubrick originally wanted
approximately 70 takes of the scene where Halloran gets killed
by Jack Torrance, but Jack Nicholson talked Kubrick into going
easy on the 70 year-old Crothers and stopping after 40. At one
point during the filming, Crothers became so exasperated with
Kubrick's notorious, compulsive style of excessive retakes
that he broke down and cried, asking "What do you want, Mr.
During the scene where Wendy brings Jack breakfast in bed, it
can be seen in the reflection of the mirror that Jack's
T-shirt says "Stovington" on it. While not mentioned in the
film, this is the name of the school that Jack used to teach
at in the Stephen King novel.
Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous
retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the
elevators in only three takes. This would be remarkable if it
weren't for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up;
every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick
would say, "It doesn't look like blood." They had tried
shooting that scene for an entire year.
Kubrick made the cast watch Eraserhead (1977) to put them in
the mood he wanted from them.
All of the interior rooms of The Overlook Hotel were filmed at
Elstree Studios in England, including The Colorado Lounge,
where Jack does his typing. Because of the intense heat
generated from the lighting used to recreate window sunlight,
the lounge set caught fire. Fortunately all of the scenes had
been completed there, so the set was rebuilt with a higher
ceiling, and the same area was eventually used by Steven
Spielberg as the snake-filled Well of the Souls tomb in
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
The Louisville Slugger baseball bat with which Wendy Torrance
bludgeons Jack is signed by Carl Yastrzemski, Hall of Fame Red
Sox player. Author Stephen King is a huge Red Sox fan.
Every time Jack talks to a "ghost", there's a mirror in the
scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because in the
food locker scene he only talks to Grady through the door. We
never see Grady like we do in the other "ghost" scenes.
When first released, the film had an alternate ending: the
party photos shot (now the last shot in the film) dissolves to
a scene in a hospital, where Wendy is resting in a bed and
Danny is playing in a waiting room. Ullman tells her that they
have been unable to locate her husband's body anywhere on the
property. On his way out, Ullman gives Danny a ball -- the
same one that mysteriously rolled into a hallway earlier in
the film, before Danny was attacked in room 237. Ullman laughs
and walks away while Danny "shines" the Overlook Hotel.
Kubrick had the scene removed a week after the film was
According to author Stephen King, the title is inspired by the
refrain in the Plastic Ono Band's song, "Instant Karma" (by
John Lennon), which features the chorus: "We all shine on."
The movie Wendy and Danny are watching on the opening of
Monday is Summer of '42 (1971).
At the time of release, it was the policy of the MPAA to not
allow the portrayal of blood in trailers that would be
approved for all audiences. In order to overcome this, Kubrick
convinced the board that was approving the trailer that the
blood flooding out of the elevator was actually rusty water.
Because Danny Lloyd was so young and since it was his first
acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the
child. Through clever and creative directing, Danny didn't
know he was working on a horror movie until after it was
The former caretaker of the Overlook Hotel has two different
names (Charles Grady and Delbert Grady) because he's supposed
to be two different people. Charles is the caretaker who
murdered his wife and daughters in the winter of 1970, and
Delbert is the butler of the Overlook Hotel at the 4th of July
party in 1921(which Jack was also at). This is a reference to
the original book (the former caretaker's name didn't change
like it did in the movie, but he was at the hotel in two
different time periods- once at a masquerade ball in 1945 and
again as the caretaker in 1970.). The use of two different
names in the movie is simply to show that Grady has been at
the Overlook Hotel twice, just like Jack.
The throwing around of the tennis ball inside the overlook
hotel was Jack Nicholson's idea. The script originally only
specified that, "Jack is not working".
The "snowy" maze near the conclusion of the movie consisted of
salt and crushed Styrofoam.
Stanley Kubrick's first choice to play Danny Torrence was Cary
Guffey, the young boy from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977). Guffey's parents apparently turned down the offer due
to the film's subject matter.
Neither Lia Beldam (Young woman in tub) nor Billie Gibson (Old
woman in tub) appeared in another movie after this one.
There were so many changes to the script during shooting that
Jack Nicholson claimed that he stopped reading it. He would
read only the new pages that were given to him each day.
Stanley Kubrick composed and shot this film in the negative
ratio (1.37:1) format so that in TV we see it in 1.33:1, but
in the cinemas we see it in 1.85:1 (aspect ratio). When a film
is shot in 1.37:1, the top and the bottom of the frame are
intended to be masked off in the cinemas to create a
widescreen version, but are not masked off in the TV - VHS -
Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind wrote and performed a full
electronic score for the film, but Kubrick discarded most of
it and used a soundtrack of mostly classical music. Only the
adaptation of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique during the
opening credits, the music during the family's drive to the
hotel, and a few other brief moments (such as Halloran's plane
trip) survive in the final version. Wendy Carlos once noted
that she'd like to see the original score released on CD, but
there were too many legal snags at the time.
For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the
props department built a door that could be easily broken.
However, Jack Nicholson worked as a volunteer fire marshal and
tore it apart easily. The props department were then forced to
build a stronger door.
Anjelica Huston lived with Jack Nicholson during the time of
the shooting. She recalled that, due to the long hours on the
set and Stanley Kubrick's trademark style of repetitive takes,
Nicholson would often return from a day's shooting, walk
straight to the bed, collapse onto it and would immediately
During the first steadicam tracking shot of Danny on his
tricycle, a sign reading "Camera Walk" can be seen next to a
Kubrick wanted to shoot the film in script order. This meant
having all the relevant sets standing by at all times. In
order to achieve this every sound stage at Elstree was used,
with all the sets built, pre-lit and ready to go during the
entire shoot at the studios.(imdb)
In the scene where Danny Lloyd rides his bike through the hall
and encounters the Grady daughters, he never actually sees
them. The scene was accomplished by Kubrick directing Lloyd to
turn the corner into an empty hall. Kubrick then directed
Danny to stop, look scared, cover his eyes, and so on. At a
different time, Kubrick filmed the girls by themselves in the
hall standing together. In post-production, he took the film
from the two scenes and spliced them together to make it look
like it was all happening at the same time - hence giving the
illusion that Lloyd (who didn't realize until years later that
The Shining (1980) was a scary movie) was actually seeing the
The design of the Overlook's Colorado Lounge and Lobby are
based very closely on the beautiful Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite
national park. The chandeliers, windows and fireplace are
nearly identical, so much so that people entering the Ahwahnee
often ask if it's "the Shining hotel".
Stephen King tried to talk Stanley Kubrick out of casting Jack
Nicholson in the lead suggesting, instead, either Michael
Moriarty or Jon Voight. King had felt that watching either of
these normal-looking men gradually descend into madness, would
have immensely improved the dramatic thrust of the storyline.
Indeed, many fans of the book agreed with King, adding that
Nicholson appeared fairly crazy from the very start, thus
there was little or no surprise when Jack ultimately went