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Read the Deleted Ending for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

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“Kubrick had filmed a final scene that was cut, where Wendy and Danny are recovering from the shock in a hospital and where Ullman visits them,” said The Shining co-screenwriter Diane Johnson. “Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right. He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal.” Then the auteur totally reneged on that soft spot and dispatched personal assistants out to dozens of L.A. and New York cinemas to remove the scene from all finished prints of The Shining. (Although, since this is that kind of story, rumor has it one complete print remains. Spoooooky!) The deleted ending would have appeared between the shot of frozen Jack and the final spin through The Overlook.

Read the scene’s final two pages here, at a Shining site run, wonderfully, by Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3.

Read the Deleted Ending for Kubrick’s Shining