18 certificateThe Shining is a Film programme that first aired in 1980 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

The Shining is a 5 star programme

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The Shining (1980)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick

Looking to get some peace and quiet while he finishes his novel, writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job caretaking the Overlook Hotel during its quiet winter months. Unperturbed by the revelation that the previous caretaker went insane and murdered his own family, Jack travels to the isolated hotel with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow. Situated deep in the Colorado mountains, the Overlook appears to be just the place for a writer to get some alone time, that is until young Danny begins to have disturbing visions related to the gruesome murders that took place there. As Wendy and Jack begin to quarrel over Danny's welfare and the writer's behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, the Torrance family's winter excursion descends into a horrific nightmare.

Very loosely based on Stephen King's novel (much to the author's chagrin), this iconic classic is one of the few horror films that has never lost an iota of its original impact. Directed with typically obsessive perfectionism by the legendary Stanley Kubrick - who famously drove actor Scatman Crothers to tears by subjecting him to a never-ending barrage of takes - The Shining is a genuinely unsettling viewing experience that subtly instils a growing sense of dread in the viewer before pulling out the stops with a grippingly terrifying climax.

The film also sees Nicholson at his manic best, delivering a compellingly unhinged, yet expertly contained, performance that over the years has come to be seen as his signature role.

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Also known as "Castillos de Arena", "El Resplandor", "Shining : l'enfant lumière", "Stanley Kubrick's The Shining"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1980

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour

When is The Shining next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Two England July 28th, 10:00pm and on BBC Two England HD July 28th, 10:00pm. See more...


Image for Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson...Jack Torrance
Shelley Duvall...Wendy Torrance
Danny Lloyd...Danny Torrance
Image for Scatman CrothersScatman Crothers...Dick Hallorann
Barry Nelson...Stuart Ullman
Philip Stone...Delbert Grady
Joe Turkel...Lloyd THE Overlook bartender
Anne Jackson...Doctor
Tony Burton...Larry Durkin
Lia Beldam...Young woman in bath
Billie Gibson...Old woman in bath
Barry Dennen...Bill Watson
David Baxt...Forest Ranger
Manning Redwood...Forest Ranger
Lisa Burns...Grady daughter