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What is Jack Nicholson tossing aside in this scene in The Shining?

Aluminium plate rings, used for separating dinner plates between plating up & serving; keeps the food warmer for longer. Plate rings have a characteristic bottom lip which will 'hook' over the ...
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Frozen Jack: Actor or Prop?

This was shot inside a set and Jack Nicholson himself posed for the scene. Jack Nicholson posing for his final moment frozen in the snow. This side angle reveals the crude bracing system of wood and ...
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How did they film Danny tricycle riding through the hotel?

The Shining used the then newly-invented device called a Steadicam to shoot these (and many other) scenes: This film was among the first half-dozen to use the newly developed Steadicam (after the ...
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Where is The Shining set?

It looks like you're asking about the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie. In that movie it's not clearly defined the exact location of the hotel. However we are given a few facts to narrow down the location: ...
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What is this round thing on the pantry door in The Shining

It's a commercial walk-in refrigerator door handle, known as a 'push-strike' Basically it just pushes through the door onto the regular latch on the outside so you can get out... unless in this case ...
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Was the mistake in the opening scene of The Shining intentional?

It's a goof due to different aspect ratios of different media. The Helicopter shadow was not in the original theater release, only showing up when packaged for other media. According to the pilot: ...
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Who opened the store room door in The Shining?

I'm not sure your premise "there should not be any supernatural activity going on in the film" is correct. Why couldn't it have been a ghost who opened the door? There are several other examples of ...
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Are the twins from The Shining really twins?

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. ...
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When Jack Torrance is frozen, why is he looking up?

Don't think there is one.. It is to make him look more sinister :) If he was looking down he would look disappointed, if he looked straight ahead, he "might" look normal, but by looking up he looks ...
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What is the origin of "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"?

From Wikipedia: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a proverb. It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. The exact origins of the phrase ...
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Where is The Shining set?

According to this essay: Kubrick's film claims the Overlook Hotel is built on an Indian burial ground, though this is only mentioned in passing. King's Pet Sematary (1983) does feature such a burial ...
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Was the set of "The Shining" intentionally set on fire by Kubrick to eliminate prop re-usage?

TL;DR: We will never know for sure, but it so highly unlikely. Well... hate to break it to you but probably not. It is rather difficult to prove he didn't, and honestly it doesn't make sense to ...
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What genre is The Shining?

According to Wikipedia, it's considered a horror film. The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick[7] and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is ...
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Why was Kubrick nominated for a Razzie?

This was the first edition, and judging by its history as presented on the Wikipedia page it seems to have been rather improvisational: American publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held ...
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What is the connection between Key and Peele's 'Continental breakfast' and the movie 'The Shining'?

Here are the references that I found: 1. Room 237 When Jordan Peele's character walks into the hotel, the concierge tells him that he will be staying in room 237. This is a direct reference to the ...
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Did Jack write this from the start?

I assume you ask about Kubrick's "The Shining". We actually don't know. We see only end result as a sign of madness. BUT if you look closely at the first scene when see Jack writing anything ...
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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining : Clue

I don't think it's foreshadowing. If you look at the chandeliers being reflected, Jack has already passed under the chandelier that is reflected in the last mirror, before that chandelier is shown. I....
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The Bear in The Shining

The bear existed in the original novel, but as a dog. In the movie, there are several scenes in which Danny is surrounded by bears. When he speaks to a therapist, he's laying on a bear pillow. At ...
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The Shining Food Locker Scene

The answer to this would be the same as why Lloyd appeared. Jack opened himself up to the Hotel. Jack sold his soul to the Hotel for a drink. "I would give my soul for a drink." The Hotel gave him ...
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What are the meanings behind the deleted ending scene in The Shining?

I'd interpret this scene as Ullman acting as an agent of the Overlook hotel in order to get Danny back. The whole Shining - both the book and the movie - is about the evil hotel trying to use the ...
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Does Danny's ability to "shine" have any connection to Jack's insanity and the events that occur in the hotel?

The shining did not cause the events at the hotel, as it does not "bring things to life." However, the events at the hotel happened because Danny had the shining. Simply put, the hotel wanted Danny ...
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Who opened the store room door in The Shining?

One theory which is strongly supported by the visuals in the film is that there's a hidden secondary door to the storage room. It's behind the shelf with Calumet cans. In the scene where Doc is ...

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