The original cut of The Shining contained a short scene after Jack Torrance found himself stuck in the snow featuring Wendy and Danny in the aftermath of their night of terror. But a week after the film's release, director Stanley Kubrick ordered the scene to be cut from all prints of the film and sent back to Warner Bros. for destruction. Few if any copies of the original scene have survived, but pages from the script give us some clue of the rather hopeful ending Kubrick had in mind for the surviving Torrances.

Pixar's Lee Unkrich is a great fan of the film, and maintains the fan site The Overlook Hotel. Recently, he posted four pages of the screenplay for that deleted scene. Unkrich explains that Diane Johnson, Kubrick's co-writer, revealed that Kubrick was rather fond of Danny and Wendy, and wanted to show the audience that their lives got back to normal after their stay in the Overlook Hotel.


You can read the entire scene at Unkrich's site, but here's one of the more optimistic notes about their final fate (click to enlarge):

Unkrich has also posted a handful of Polaroid photos from the scene. The two actors who appear only in that scene, the nurse and the policemen, are still listed in the credits.

Critic Roger Ebert, for one, was a fan of the removal, especially the revelation that Jack's body was never found, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times:

If Jack did indeed freeze to death in the labyrinth, of course his body was found-and sooner rather than later, since Dick Hallorann alerted the forest rangers to serious trouble at the hotel. If Jack's body was not found, what happened to it? Was it never there? Was it absorbed into the past and does that explain Jack's presence in that final photograph of a group of hotel party-goers in 1921? Did Jack's violent pursuit of his wife and child exist entirely in Wendy's imagination, or Danny's, or theirs?... Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue. It pulled one rug too many out from under the story. At some level, it is necessary for us to believe the three members of the Torrance family are actually residents in the hotel during that winter, whatever happens or whatever they think happens.


Screenplay for the deleted original ending of The Shining [The Overlook Hotel via Blastr]

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