Easily one of my favorite films of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ was released theatrically this day May 23, in 1980. Based on the novel by Stephen King the film was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. It starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd as the Torrance family who spend their winter in the isolated Overlook Hotel.
While some prefer the TV miniseries because it stays truer to the book, there’s no denying the power and impact that Kubrick’s version had. Over 30 years later and we’re still debating the film and asking questions… even though some questions have been answered by Kubrick himself (the picture at the end for example).
What are your thoughts? Kubrick Vs King? Film vs TV miniseries? Tonight I’ll be sitting back watching it again, with the hair of the dog that bit me, Lloyd.