Shining Parallelisms

by Robert Buchanan

Shot for the title sequence of Stanley Kubrick's film adaption of The Shining, supererogatory footage of Montana's Glacier National Park was subsequently exploited by Ridley Scott to supplement the denouement of Blade Runner's theatrical cut. Actor Joe Turkel plays significant supporting roles in both pictures. Featured prominently in The Shining, Scatman Crothers had previously portrayed an orderly named Turkle in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, twice co-starring with leading man Jack Nicholson. In The Shining, Joe Turkel's phantasmal bartender is denominated Lloyd, and thence nominally homonymous to child actor Danny Lloyd of The Shining and character actor Christopher Lloyd of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Coincidences prevailed in New Hollywood, eh?

2007 Robert Buchanan

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