Tony (his name taken from Danny's middle name, Anthony), is at first to Danny an imaginary playmate, then a source of fear, and finally a source of strength.
Tony is Danny's imaginary friend who appears as a human but is not a physical figure. Tony is also the name of Danny's stuffed dog which has no importance on the story.
Danny even manages to anticipate what is about to happen by writing “redrum” on the bathroom door because this is where the murder will take place. The separation of Danny's alter ego voices into manifestations of Tony and Jack, through the presence / absence of his wagging finger, fits very well throughout the film.
DANNY TORRANCE: Tony is a little boy that lives in my mouth. Danny's possession by Tony includes his soft-spoken voice deepening with some harsh gloom and a bouncing puppetry pointer finger.
In Kubrick's film, Tony is only shown as imaginary, "his own crooked finger in an eerie, croaking voice". The TV miniseries, also by King, has Tony as a "glowing, flying, transparent teenager", later revealed to be a future version of himself.
Near the end of Stephen King's The Shining book, it's revealed that Tony is actually Danny Torrance's future adult self. It's also revealed that Danny's middle name is Anthony, explaining why exactly Tony is called that.
The fictional hotel in “The Shining” is called the Overlook, and the Stanley Hotel is not the only real-life hostelry to claim ties to the movie. The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon was used for some exterior shots, though the hotel's website explains that it lacks a hedge maze.
The evil spirits that inhabited the Overlook Hotel would eventually drive Jack insane by way of drowning him in his alcoholism, past trauma, and fears of becoming as abusive as his father.
Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the line "Here's Johnny!" in imitation of announcer Ed McMahon's famous introduction of Johnny Carson on U.S. network NBC-TV's long-running late night television program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
In the book The Shining it's made clear to the readers that the Overlook Hotel wants to possess Danny Torrance so it can use his powerful telepathic power (his 'shine'). It does this by possessing his vulnerable father, Jack Torrance and using him as a puppet to hopefully kill Danny.
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Danny writes the word REDRUM on a door and his mother, Wendy Torrance, sees the word reflected into a mirror, where it reads MURDER.
Lorraine Massey — One of the most violent and frightening ghosts of the hotel. She lures Danny to Room 237 and strangles him.
During the scenes in which we can hear Jack typing but cannot see what it is he is committing to paper, Kubrick reportedly recorded the sound of a typist actually typing the words "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" due to the fact that each key on a typewriter sounds slightly different and he wanted to ensure ...
He points to the knitted Apollo 11 sweater that Danny wears and claims that "237" refers to the mean distance of the Earth to the Moon. He also refers to the fact that a carpet pattern resembles the Apollo launching pad as evidence that the film is an elaborate apology of sorts for Kubrick's involvement.
Tony is Wes's older half-brother, born to Mary when she was only 16. He spends most of his time in the Murphy Homes Projects and has been dealing drugs since before the age of ten. By the time he is 14, he is a “certified gangsta” with a fierce reputation. He is also the closest thing Wes has to a father figure.
In the film, Danny talks to his imaginary friend Tony and moves his finger in a particular way whenever Tony speaks back. The iconic finger movement was actually improvised by Lloyd, making it seem like Tony is a parasitic worm living inside Danny.
There's occasional profanity, including a scene in which the cook of the hotel is called the "N" word and a use of "f--k." Frequent horror imagery. Full-frontal nudity -- an attractive young woman turns into an elderly woman with rotting skin. Implied oral sex in a sequence of nightmarish imagery.
Stanley Kubrick said, “The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack.” That means that Jack Torrance is the reincarnation of a guest or someone on staff at the Overlook in 1921.
Grady warns Jack that his son Danny has a special gift — the "Shine," which in Stephen King's universe is a form of psychic ability that allows people to communicate with others using the mind, and gives people the ability to see things that have happened in the past, or will happen in the future.
In The Shining, many things are overlooked: past murders at the hotel, leaving the hotel in the possession of an abusive alcoholic, and checking the boilers, among many other things. Because of this, the Overlook Hotel is an extremely haunted and evil place.
The man's name was Charles Grady. Later on in the film, Jack meets a butler also called Grady and Jack explains to him that he knows all about the man's murder of his family, as he saw the pictures in the paper and he recognizes him. The problem is that the butler's name is Delbert Grady, not Charles Grady.
Jack and Danny Torrance Both Have the Shining in Kubrick's Film.
Kubrick agreed to change the infamous room number from 217 to 237 (which does not exist) in the movie because the hotel was worried people would not want to stay in the room in the future. Ironically, room 217 is most often requested at Timberline Lodge, according to the hotel's website.
The Shining was filmed in Elstree Studios, Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road, Hollywood American Legion Post 43, Kensington Apartments, Saint Mary Lake, Stansted Airport and Timberline Lodge.
The Shining was a fictional tale but the setting was inspired by the true hauntings within Colorado's Stanley Hotel. Stephen King's The Shining book was the basis for Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece film.