Type of media Film
Approved Running time 143m 36s
Release date 02/11/2012
BBFCInsight Contains strong violence and language
Genre(s) Drama, Horror
Director(s) Stanley Kubrick
Cast includes Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, Lia Beldam, Billie Gibson, Barry Dennen, David Baxt, Manning Redwood, Lisa Burns, Louise Burns, Robin Pappas, Alison Coleridge, Burnell Tucker, Jana Sheldon
Cut This work was passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 23/10/2012
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
THE SHINING is a 1980 horror drama directed by Stanley Kubrick and adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Jack Nicholson stars as a man who takes a job as a caretaker at a remote and isolated hotel during the winter season. He is accompanied by his wife and his young son. A shorter version of the film was originally rated X for cinema release in 1980 (meaning persons under 18 could not be admitted to cinemas). This shorter version was subsequently rated 18 for VHS release in 1986 and then re-rated down to 15 for a widescreen BluRay release in 2007. This cinema re-release of THE SHINING comprises the longer US version of the film which has not previously been rated for release in the UK. It has been rated 15 for strong violence and language.
There are a number of scenes of violence or violent threat in which the increasingly deranged central character chases after his wife and child with an axe. In one scene he also kills a man who is trying to help his family, burying the axe in the man's chest. This is not shown in any great detail, however, with the axe wound visible only through the man's coat. There is some strong language in the film, which is often directed aggressively by the central character toward his wife. There are also some uses of moderate and mild bad language, including 'bitch' and 'son of a bitch'.
THE SHINING also includes some might of nudity but without strong detail or sexualisation. In one scene, a naked woman is shown with rotting sores all over her body. Some of the characters in the film also smoke but this is neither glamorised nor promoted and reflects the period in which the film was made.
No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.
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