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Room 237 (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2012 (UK)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director:

Rodney Ascher
2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Bill Blakemore Bill Blakemore ... Himself
Geoffrey Cocks Geoffrey Cocks ... Himself
Juli Kearns Juli Kearns ... Herself
John Fell Ryan John Fell Ryan ... Himself
Jay Weidner Jay Weidner ... Himself
Stephen Brophy Stephen Brophy ... Cast
Ash Brophy Ash Brophy ... Csst
Buddy Black Buddy Black ... Cast
Buffy Visick Buffy Visick ... Cast
Sam Walton Sam Walton ... Cast (as Samuel Walton)
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A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Written by Anonymous

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Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.

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Documentary

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A 237-es szoba See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$259,765
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Highland Park Classics See more »
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Trivia

Director Rodney Ascher has gone on record saying that he does not personally believe many of the theories espoused by narrators in this film. In an interview with Complex magazine, he said, "my personal take on it is, for one, I don't think it's nearly as visionary as any one of these folks have found. I just see it as sort of a story about juggling the responsibilities of your career and family and as cautionary tale of what may happen if you make the wrong choice. And even maybe looking at the ghosts as these figures that represent fortune or prestige or things that you might be chasing at the expense of paying proper attention to your family." See more »

Goofs

One of the theorists claims that Room 237 is a reference to the mean distance from the Moon to the Earth: 237,000 miles. However, the actual distance is 238,856 miles. See more »

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Connections

Features The Legend of Hell House (1973) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
By Richard Strauss
Performed by 'adische Skaatskapelle
Conducted by 'Kauzshi Ono'
Licensed by C.F. Peters Corporation, New York
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Interesting, entertaining, somewhat far fetched
21 April 2013 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

This movie was worth while, it was interesting, entertaining and made you think. For a fan of the shining, or Kubrick or conspiracy theories this was a great film. Junk science came to mind a few times, to me the most interesting parts of the film were the details which were brought to the attention of the viewer which Kubrick definitely had a hand in, the conspiracy theories, ideas about the holocaust, extermination of the native Americans and faking of the lunar landing were a bit more out there but intriguing and I wouldn't put anything past Kubrick. The most interesting point of the film to me was the discussion of post modern works of art and the claim that irregardless of the authors intent, themes can be found which might have been or have not been consciously intended. Overall, the mind of Kubrick, his eye for detail, his humor and overall brilliance is what is most evident when watching this film. If one looks for themes and ways to make connections they can be found in many different places, overall this can lead to seeing reality though higher levels of awareness and if one is lucky enough glimpses of enlightenment, that was the broader and most important theme in this movie.


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