Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Shining!

by William Burns

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Shining!

1. When first released, the film had an alternate ending:  A scene in a hospital, where Wendy is resting in a bed and Danny is playing in the waiting room. Mr. Ullman     arrives and tells Wendy that they have been unable to locate her husband’s body anywhere on the property. On his way out, Ullman gives Danny a ball –the           same one that mysteriously rolled into a hallway earlier in the film.

2.  Approximately 5000 children auditioned for the role of Danny over a six-month period.

3.  At one point during the filming, Scatman Crothers became so exasperated with Stanley Kubrick’s notorious, compulsive style of excessive retakes that he broke        down and cried, “What do you want, Mr. Kubrick?”

4.  Stanley Kubrick considered both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams for the role of Jack Torrance.

5.  Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of Danny Lloyd. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a              drama, not a horror movie.

6.  Danny says “Redrum” 43 times before Wendi wakes up and Jack starts to break into the apartment.

7.  The role of Lloyd the Bartender was originally to have been played by Harry Dean Stanton, who was unable to take the part due to his commitment to Alien.

8.  Prior to hiring Diane Johnson as his writing partner, Stanley Kubrick rejected a screenplay adaptation written by Stephen King.

9.  The Shining was shot in the same film studio that was used for The Empire Strikes Back. Much of the fake snow used for The Shining was also used for the            Hoth scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

10.  The image of the two girls in the hotel corridor was inspired by Diane Arbus’ photograph “Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967.”


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