Screenplay for the deleted original ending of The Shining. This hospital epilogue was originally at the end of the film, between the shot of Jack frozen in the snow and the long dolly shot through the lobby that ends on the July 4, 1921 framed photo.
Kubrick decided to remove the scene very shortly after the U.S. opening, sending assistants out into the field to excise the scene from the many prints showing in Los Angeles and New York City. All known copies of the scene were reportedly destroyed, although it is rumored that one surviving copy may exist.
Very little evidence of the hospital epilogue remains beyond some continuity polaroids and 35mm film trims housed in the Stanley Kubrick Archive. Evidence of how late in the process the scene was removed lives on in the form of two actors credited in the end credits: Burnell Tucker in the role of “Policeman” and Robin Pappas in the role of “Nurse”.
Kubrick’s co-screenwriter on The Shining, Diane Johnson, had this to say about the deleted epilogue:
Kubrick had filmed a final scene that was cut, where Wendy and Danny are recovering from the shock in a hospital and where Ullman visits them.
Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right. He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal.