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Stephen King's The Shining (1997)

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A movie directed by Mick Garris

Stephen King's The Shiningis 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 … see full wiki

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Director: Mick Garris
1 review about Stephen King's The Shining (1997)

True to the Source.

  • Mar 2, 2003
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+3
Stephen King's novel THE SHINING is a truly masterpiece of horrific suspense. It's the story of a haunted hotel wanting to possess the God-given gift of a young boy. However, that's the mere backdrop for what the book is truly about: the love of family, especially the relationship between fathers and sons, and the power of true friendship. STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING displays all of that and most of the memorable scenes from the novel as well. Unlike the Stanley Kubrick version starring Jack Nicholson, this version stays pretty close to the material it is based upon and even includes the scenes with the hedge animals. Stephen King also has a guest appearance in the film as the conductor of the ghost band. I really didn't like Kubrick's version of THE SHINING, it strayed too far from the material it was based upon and even on it's own merits as a film and story it was so bizarre that it didn't make much sense. STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING is the opposite, the story is clear and easy to follow. I also found Danny to be a much more believable child in this version than in Kubrick's. Overall, a well done television movie that keeps you in suspense and remains faithful to the material on which it is based.

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