Sunday, May 19, 2013

169 Quiz Answer



Here’s the answer to this week’s quiz.
The Shining is a motion picture produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
(Also for Three-Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "S" is for "Stan")
This week's prompt reminds me of a certain well-known motion picture.  So I wrote the following.  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: name the movie.
Dear Jen:

You know that old TV show “Let’s Make a Deal”? 

Well, we made one – (a deal not a TV show).  And what a deal!

It seems we’re now caretakers.  You know the tough time we’ve been having what with Stan out of work, and you know how we were forced to give up our apartment and little Danny had to leave that great school we worked so hard to get him into.

Well, the times they are a-changing.

Some time back I happened to run into an old high-school pal and after I unloaded my various troubles on to her, she casually mentioned that if we wanted to act as caretakers we – the whole fam damily - could get free room and board for the winter.

Well, that sounded interesting, at the very least.

It seems there’s this resort hotel upstate which has to close down during the winter months because the snow piles up to ten feet or so around it.  They needed someone, preferably a small family, to live there during that time, taking care of things.

It sounded almost too good to be true.  Well, it was both good and true; we’re now comfortably ensconced in this beautiful palace, enjoying a silky-smooth life, something we haven’t done for quite some time.

Little Danny has been getting exercise and making his moves by riding his tryke up and down the hotel corridors.

And Stan now has the time to work on his novel.  He’s sure he’ll be able to finish it in two months.  It’s a pleasure for me to listen to him working away; if energy, dedication and enthusiasm mean anything he’s in the process of creating a masterpiece.

Even if he doesn't finish with a work of art but just a clever-but-shallow best seller – that will make us a huge fortune – I could live with that too.

There’s just one thing.  The feeling of cabin fever here is really strong; we’ve got to be sure none of us goes nutcakes because of it.  I’ll keep you posted.

Yours, Anne.

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings)

51 comments:

marc aurel said...

Barry Lynden

Helen said...

I can only think of one ~~ "Funny Farm"

jaerose said...

The Shining..please let me get one right! It's got to be the little red trike..

naturgesetz said...

I haven't seen the whole movie, just the famous clip, but this sounds like what I know of "The Shining."

The Happy Amateur said...

"The Shining"?

Berowne said...

We're starting off well; three bloggers have coughed up the right answer: The Happy Amateur, naturgesetz and jaerose.

listeningdaisy said...

I wouldn't know the answer, but I enjoyed reading the letter.

Altonian said...

Come now Berowne, didn't you know that:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. repeat ad nauseum.
To be found in The Shining!

Kathe W. said...

and heeeeere's Johnny! It's gotta be the Shining!

jaerose said...

Yay! Finally :)

Berowne said...

Kathe W and Altonian also have checked in with the correct answer.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Envious of great dialogue writers. The envy is strong here. :-). Great voice. Don't know your characters but through this installment and already I care. Well done. Thanks for coming by.

oldegg said...

The Shining with Jack Nicholson at his best.

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from oldegg.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

One of these weeks I'm going to be able to guess correctly! Not this week though.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I'm clueless of the famous movie, but I did enjoy the words. Glad I had the chance to come by to read them. Stanley immediately made me think of Streetcar Named Desire and Tennessee Williams does make a lot of references to yellow, but I am sure that isn't it.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

The Shining! The minute you mentioned Upstate and the trike, I knew it... Amy

Berowne said...

Sharp Little Pencil has sharpened her little pencil and given us the right answer.

Kutamun said...

It definitley doesnt have Jack Nicholson or any miserable elm trees in it, so im foing with Bram Stokers Dracula , very engaging as uaual , Baron Berowne !

Berowne said...

"Baron Berowne"? Wow, I've been promoted. :-)

kaykuala said...

A wild guess,Berowne! The Shining or The Overlook Hotel.

Hank

Roger Owen Green said...

You know I did see The Shining, and HATED it, because Jack looked crazy in that very first scene, before the hotel could have gotten to him...

Berowne said...

kaykuala and Roger Owen Green are two more astute types who have come up with the correct answer.

Frankie Jay said...

The very spooky The Shining.

Cad said...

Don't 'do' films- or quizzes! Sorry. :)

Susan Lindquist said...

Must be 'The Shining' ... that scene with Jack Nicholson peeking impishly through the shredded bathroom door is epic ...

mindlovemisery said...

Though I do not know the answer this is still a charming piece =)

Berowne said...

And now we can add Susan Lindquist and Frankie Jay to the list of those who have provided us with the right answer.

Dana Dampier said...

Stephen Kings movie with Jack Nicholson... The Shining! Love that movie!!

Berowne said...

Another winner: Dana Dampier has just provided us with the correct answer.

Heidi said...

The Shining!

Bee's Blog said...

Am not sure but am not giving up.

Bee's Blog said...

The Shining

Berowne said...

Heidi and Bee's Blog (and presumably Bee) have come up with the answer.

Sue said...

The Shining?

Bee's Blog said...

Whoopee! Yes Bee of Bee's Blog!

Berowne said...

Sue is another with the right answer.

Leslie: said...

Sounds like one of Steven King's horror movies, but can't place the title.

Leslie
abcw team

Lesley said...

The Shining. Although I have to admit that I have never actually seen the movie - I'm far too much of a scaredy-pants to watch it!

Kate said...

The Shining!! Scariest movie I've ever seen (besides Hitchcock's).

Carver said...

As usual I'm not coming up with the answer but I enjoy the lead in. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Berowne said...

Kate and Lesley, two more into the winners' circle. Both have the right answer.

uberrhund said...

The Shining ! Good movie but great book, I had to check the doors and windows when I was home alone reading it back in high school!

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from uberrhund.

Dave King said...

It ought to have something to do with Bob Dylan - but I bet it aint!

Sheilagh Lee said...

well done! The Shining
Redrum redrum

Berowne said...

Sheilagh Lee has just joined us with the right answer.

Lyn said...

I'm too scared to go any further..The Shining???
REDRUM..

Berowne said...

Lyn is another with the correct answer...

LaTonya Baldwin said...

I so thought I commented this morning. Enjoyed, a new fan.

Anonymous said...

I know ...Kathy Bates was a nurse and she broke the knee caps of a writer...set in the snow:)

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