The Shining | 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Main Plot

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.


  • Jack Nicholson's character, Jack Torrance, plays the role of a writer who becomes the caretaker of the haunted Overlook Hotel.
  • Wendy Torrance is the wife of Jack Torrance and mother to Danny, who becomes trapped with them in the Overlook Hotel.
  • Danny Lloyd's character, Danny Torrance, possesses psychic abilities known as "the shining" which play a crucial role in the story.


In the ending of The Shining, Jack Torrance freezes to death in the hedge maze while his wife and son escape the Overlook Hotel. The camera pans out, revealing an old photograph of Jack at a party in 1921, suggesting he has always been a part of the hotel's sinister history.

Stanley Kubrick