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Stephen King's The Shining is a new adaptation from the author himself, made for television, that bears very little resemblance to the 1980 Stanley Kubrick version. That's not surprising since Kubrick threw out most of King's novel and presented his own version of the story. Here King redresses the balance in a miniseries that follows his original almost to the letter, and manages to be effectively creepy despite the budget and censorship limitations of the TV format.

Stephen Weber takes over the role of Jack Torrance, the caretaker who slowly descends into madness in the haunted Overlook Hotel. His performance is as far from Jack Nicholson as you could get, with his insanity building slowly and menacingly rather than being virtually mad from the get-go. Rebecca De Mornay is superb as Wendy Torrance, struggling to hold her fragile family together amid the spooky goings-on. Young Courtland Mead plays Danny, whose unique gifts give the story its title, as one of those infuriating TV brats who overacts left, right, and center. Fortunately, there are enough creepy moments and a number of frights to hold the whole thing together, the woman-in-the-bathtub scene being a standout shocker. Sure, there is nothing quite like Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" moment, but this is the story King wanted to tell and it still shines brighter than most of the other recent screen adaptations of his work. --Jonathan Weir

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Steven WeberJohn Torrance
Rebecca De MornayWinifred Torrance
Courtland MeadDaniel Anthony Torrance
Melvin Van PeeblesRichard Hallorann
Wil HorneffTony
Pat HinglePete Watson
Elliott GouldStuart Ullman
Mick GarrisAA Hartwell
Michael O'NeillDr. Daniel Edwards
Miguel FerrerMark James Torrance
Stanley AndersonDelbert Grady
Stephen KingGage Creed
Sam RaimiGas Station Howie
Shawnee SmithWaitress

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Mick Garris
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 143 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 27, 1997
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 7, 2003
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