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article imageScript for the lost ending of 'The Shining' revealed on fan site

By Andrew Moran     Jan 24, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - A script posted on Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich's fan website reveals the lost ending of the Stanley Kubrick classic "The Shining." Instead of depicting Jack Nicholson's character appearing in a 1921 photo, it shows something else.
“The Shining” is certainly considered one of the greatest psychological horror/thrillers ever made. For film neophytes, even most can recollect Kubrick’s 1980 motion picture, which highlights isolation, evil, the acting talent of Nicholson and even perhaps the bad acting of Shelley Duvall.
It appears now that diehard fans of the movie have a little bit of digging to do. A lost ending to the film has been published on The Overlook Hotel, a fan site run by Unrkich. It seems the auteur re-cut the film the week after it was released and removed two minutes from the ending.
The lost scene: it cuts from Jack Torrance’s (Nicholson) frozen body to a hospital following the events. Wendy Torrance (Duvall) is recovering with her son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), and speaks with Overlook manager Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson), who informs her that investigators did not find her husband’s body and “didn’t find the slightest evidence of anything at all out of the ordinary.”
Ullman suggests to Wendy that she must have hallucinated the whole thing. After inviting them to stay with him in Los Angeles, he hands Danny a yellow ball, which originally lured him to the infamous Room 237 in the first place.
It then cuts to the original closing shot of the portrait that Jack appears in. After that it ends with a title: “The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others. It is still open each year from May 20th to September 20th. It is closed for the winter.”
According to Unkrich’s article on the fan site, all copies of the scene were obliterated, but there are rumors that one still survives. There are some tidbits of the scene, such as costumes, 35mm film trims and continuity polaroids.
Diane Johnson, the film’s co-screenwriter, said that Kubrick felt the scene was necessary to show the audience that the two characters 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,” said Johnson.
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