A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
- For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the Props Department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The Props Department were then forced to build a stronger door.
2. To get Jack Nicholson in the right agitated mood, he was only fed cheese sandwiches for two weeks, which he hates.
3. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall have expressed open resentment against the reception of this film, feeling that critics and audiences credited Stanley Kubrick solely for the film’s success without considering the efforts of the actors, crew, or the strength of Stephen King’s underlying material. Nicholson and Duvall have said that the film was one of the hardest of their careers; in fact, Nicholson considers Duvall’s performance the most difficult role he’s ever seen an actress take on. Duvall also considers her performance the hardest of her life.
4. The idea for Danny Lloyd to move his finger when he was talking as Tony was his own. He did it spontaneously during his very first audition.
5. According to Shelley Duvall, the infamous “Here’s Johnny!” scene took three days to film and the use of sixty doors.
6. The throwing around of the tennis ball inside the Overlook Hotel was Jack Nicholson’s idea. The script originally only specified that, “Jack is not working”.
7. Stephen King was quite disappointed in the final film. While admitting that Stanley Kubrick’s visuals were stunning, he said that was surface and not substance. He often described the film as “A fancy car without an engine.”
8. The “snowy” maze near the conclusion of the movie consisted of nine hundred tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
9. After Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick started researching his next project by reading a lot of recent books. His secretary could hear him throwing rejected books at the wall in his office. One day, he started reading Stephen King’s novel and, after a few hours, when his secretary hadn’t heard the familiar sound of a book hitting the wall, she knew he had found his next project.
10. Neither Lia Beldam (young woman in bath) nor Billie Gibson (old woman in bath) appeared in another movie before or after this one.
11. The first of Stephen King’s books to be banned from school libraries because of the theme of wicked parents.
12. The only shot in the film not achieved in-camera was the slow zoom in on the model of the maze, with the tiny figures of Danny and Wendy walking around at the center. To achieve this shot, a model of the maze was shot from six feet above. Then the small central section of the maze was built to scale next to an apartment complex. Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd then walked about in the central section while the camera crew filmed it from the roof of the apartment building. The two shots were then simply composited together.
13. Stephen King did not know that “murder” spelled backwards was “redrum” until he actually typed it. He loved the various connotations of the word. Red Rum was a famous racehorse in the 1970s.
14. The color red is visible, either overtly or subtly, in nearly every shot of the film. This is presumably because Colorado was so named because it is the Spanish word for “red”.
15. There is a great deal of confusion regarding this film and the number of retakes of certain scenes. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the scene where Wendy is backing up the stairs swinging the baseball bat was shot one hundred twenty-seven times, which is a record for the most takes of a single scene. However, both Steadicam Operator Garrett Brown and Assistant Editor Gordon Stainforth say this is inaccurate. The scene was shot about thirty-five to forty-five times.
16. According to Stephen King, the title is inspired by the refrain in the The Plastic Ono Band’s song, “Instant Karma” (by John Lennon), which features the chorus: “We all shine on”.
17. Stanley Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive (as they do in the book) was unworkable, due to restrictions in special effects, so he opted for a hedge maze instead.
18. During the scene where Wendy brings Jack breakfast in bed, it can be seen in the reflection of the mirror that Jack’s t-shirt says “Stovington” on it. While not mentioned in the film, this is the name of the school that Jack used to teach at in the novel.
19. Jack tells Lloyd in the bar that Danny once messed around with his work papers. This mirrors an event in Stephen King’s life, when his son once started playing around with his writing notes. He felt like killing him.
20. Most of the elaborate urban legends and conspiracy theories surrounding this film (ranging from it serving as a Holocaust metaphor to a confession that Kubrick helped fake the moon landings) were refuted by Stanley Kubrick during his lifetime or later by the surviving cast and crew. For example, the famous “impossible corridors” are a result of set logistics, Kubrick wanted to shoot Danny on his big wheel in unbroken takes, so the hallways had to connect, and the only way the crew could construct them to fit Kubrick’s vision, meant mirroring the set to fit available soundstage space. The shadow of the helicopter in the opening shot was the result of a framing error.
21. Although a key point in the novel, the hotel boiler is only mentioned once in the film.
22. During the ballroom sequence, none of the extras were actually talking, Kubrick told them through a megaphone to just mouth the words and not nod their heads.
23. Director Trademark :
[Bathrooms] Jack speaks to the ghost of Delbert Grady in the men’s room. Later, Jack makes out with the woman in the restroom of room 237. And at the end, Wendy hides from Jack in a bathroom.
24. *SPOILERS* for novel.
The scene where Wendy is running and sees a room where a man in a bear costume is having sex with the former hotel manager was never explained in the movie, leaving the audience very confused as to why it was there. In the book, during a year at the hotel, the manager had a secret homosexual affair with a party guest dressed in a dog costume, which is the closest explanation.
25. Every time Jack talks to a “ghost”, there’s a mirror in the scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because he talks to (an unseen) Grady through a shiny metal door.
26. The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”) repeated over and over. Stanley Kubrick had each page individually typed and can be seen doing so in Making ‘The Shining’ (1980). For the Italian version of the film, Kubrick used the phrase “Il mattino ha l’ oro in bocca” (“He who wakes up early meets a golden day”). For the German version, it was “Was Du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen” (“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today”). For the Spanish version, it was “No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano” (“Rising early will not make dawn sooner.”). For the French version, it was “Un ‘Tiens’ vaut mieux que deux ‘Tu l’auras'” (“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”).
‘Do Not Disturb’ has the following amount of letters: 2,3,7.
28. Jack Nicholson plays a character named Jack, who, in the bar scene drinks Jack Daniels. The character’s son is named Danny, played by Danny Lloyd, and the name of the bartender who serves Jack the Jack Daniels is named Lloyd.