I recently watched again The Shining and I noticed something that confused me. At the begining of the movie, the guy who hires Jack Torrance says:

My predecessor in this job hired a man named Charles Grady as the winter caretaker. He came up with his wife and two little girls of about 8 and 10.

But then during the movie we see that those little girls were actually identical twins. I've look about if this is a plot mistake or it’s intentional but I cannot find much information, beyond "they are not because it is stated they are a different age" or "one is slightly taller than the other" (which seems surprising as the actress are actually twins, according to IMDb).

So is this a plot hole or was it intentional?

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    I always heard it as 8 or 10. This post-production script agrees. This is only a comment as I have no more info about height or other discrepancies. Nov 3, 2019 at 11:14
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    Why is it surprising that twins aren't exactly the same height? Nov 4, 2019 at 15:45
  • Not exactly, but enough to be noticeable, moreover on 10 year old twins. I guess it would be surprising also for whomever stated that they are not twins based on the height detail.
    – David
    Nov 4, 2019 at 19:11
  • Lol one of the twins is a teacher at my school Jul 9, 2022 at 19:05

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Yes they were twins but they wanted to cast two sisters only not twins, as sisters themself acknowledged:

“Stanley was the kind of person who didn’t know what he was looking for until he found it. We’d never been to stage school but we had done some TV work before and so we had an agent and she called our mum and said, ‘Stanley Kubrick is looking for sisters.’ Stanley was never looking for twins, but we went along anyway. If we hadn’t auditioned [then] the roles would probably have gone to two girls of different ages, like the characters in the book. It certainly worked in our favor because Stanley decided twins were just spookier.” - dreadcentral

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