The Shining

The Shining (1980)

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Continuity mistake: When Danny is playing alone in the corridor, with his toy cars and trucks, in the overhead shot, the little vehicles are set up on the orange and brown pattern, as the ball roles to him down the center brown path in the carpet's sextagon pattern. However, in Danny's close-up, when the ball is in front of him, all the little toy vehicles are now set up (still the same way) on the opposite side of the carpet's distinct pattern, as he also faces the opposite way. This mistake has absolutely nothing to do with the ghosts of The Overlook moving the ball.

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Suggested correction: This is very explicitly done on purpose and not a continuity error. It is supposed to be subliminal to the audience, to give them a feeling that something isn't right with the hotel. It is believed, in the second image, to represent young Danny being trapped.

Continuity mistake: When Hallorann is showing Wendy & Danny around after they first arrive at the hotel, they walk through the kitchen towards the camera & into the freezer door to the left of the screen. You can see the kitchen still visible in the background. When they leave the freezer (after Hallorann calls Danny "Doc"), the background is completely different & the kitchen is not visible. This is because they have actually filmed a different door on the opposite side of the corridor. They then walk towards camera again & back into the kitchen they have just walked through.

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Suggested correction: This sort of discontinuity is deliberate. The layout of the Overlook is intended to make no sense.

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Continuity mistake: As Danny is writing 'redrum' on the bathroom door, the lampshade on the nightstand light is askew. A moment later, when Jack is knocking down the door with the axe, the lampshade has somehow straightened itself out. (01:32:40)

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Suggested correction: This along with other subtle movements and the microscopic misplacement of everything inside the Overlook is meant to snap back to its former or appear "off" for no reason other than it gives the viewer an uncomfortable and uneasy feeling.

Other mistake: When Stuart Ullman is showing Jack and Wendy their quarters, there is a window on the wall to the right across from the bed. However later, when Jack tries to break into the bathroom with the axe and Wendy puts Danny through the window onto the hill of snow, their quarters is not on a corner of the hotel, which the aforementioned window would suggest. (00:22:45)

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Suggested correction: Stanley Kubrick intentionally did this, to get the audience to feel like something has been off the entire movie. Like in the interview scene, there should be a hallway where the window is but there's not. And the hotel is constantly changing itself as it is sentient.

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Revealing mistake: In the first scene, when Nicholson is driving to the Overlook, the shadow of a helicopter can be seen at the bottom right. This is only visible in the un-matted VHS print and fullscreen DVD. (00:01:05)

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Jack Torrance: Wendy, let me explain something to you. Whenever you come in here and interrupt me, you're breaking my concentration. You're distracting me. And it will then take me time to get back to where I was. You understand?
Wendy Torrance: Yeah.
Jack Torrance: Now, we're going to make a new rule. When you come in here and you hear me typing [types], or whether you DON'T hear me typing, or whatever the FUCK you hear me doing, when I'm in here, it means that I am working. THAT means don't come in. Now, do you think you can handle that?
Wendy Torrance: Yeah.
Jack Torrance: Good. Now why don't you start right now and get the fuck out of here?

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Trivia: Stephen King has admitted not liking this version of his book.

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Question: Who were all the skeletons that the Mother sees toward the end of the film? It's never explained. Also, what room was that?

Answer: It was The Gold Room. The skeletons are simply those of past guests: we never learn their identities.

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