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 Jack.

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 78-April 79.

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.
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During the making of the movie, Kubrick would call King at 3am and ask him questions like "Do you believe in God?"
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Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive was unworkable, so he opted for a hedge maze instead.
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Kubrick demanded 127 takes from Shelley Duvall in one scene.
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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. Kubrick?"
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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.
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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.
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Kubrick made the cast watch Eraserhead (1977) to put them in the mood he wanted from them.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 released .
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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."
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The movie Wendy and Danny are watching on the opening of Monday is Summer of '42 (1971).
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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.
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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 released.
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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.
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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".
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The "snowy" maze near the conclusion of the movie consisted of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
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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.
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Neither Lia Beldam (Young woman in tub) nor Billie Gibson (Old woman in tub) appeared in another movie after this one.
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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.
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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 - DVD version.
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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.
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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.
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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 fall asleep.

During the first steadicam tracking shot of Danny on his tricycle, a sign reading "Camera Walk" can be seen next to a staircase.
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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.
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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 two girls.
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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".
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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 totally overboard.
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