The college basketball season ended on Monday night as it always does—with me covered in sap and man tears after watching CBS’s highlight video of the tournament: One Shining Moment.
Shots of fans, cheerleaders, and players dancing and crying are all staples of any highlights package, and the song is pop treacle with cheesy lyrics that would make Bon Jovi (“I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is”) blush. But when you put the two together, magic happens. Like any good team, they raise each other to a higher level.
As I watched, blubbering, on Monday night, I began to wonder what other highlights could be set to One Shining Moment. There’s really only one choice:
I’m not sure why a movie about a writer’s slow descent into madness would appeal to me, but it’s one of the few films I drop everything to watch.
Like the song, the Shining has more than its fair share of cheese, from the overly long, 70s-style establishing shots to the club-you-over-the-head musical score (maybe if we play one note, as loud as possible, for 15 seconds, people will understand that something shocking has happened). And while Jack Nicholson is spectacularly over-the-top, the scenery chewing by Shelley Duvall and the boy who plays Danny is off-putting.
However, just like the tournament highlights, putting scenes from the Shining to the OSM soundtrack can lift it up, and produce goosebumps. Let’s take a look at a shot-by-shot breakdown of how the video might look:
Song opening: The musical intro is usually accompanied by shots of the cheerleaders, band, and players dancing in a huddle before the game. The closest The Shining can come to cheerleaders are these girls:
There are a few nice party scenes that can replace the band shots. I’d go with a clip of Jack drinking in the bar during the ghost party, followed by the balloons in the hall.
As the horns crescendo for the first time, we get the dead party guest saying “Great party!”
More instrumental intro: Danny talking to his finger would make a good pregame dance:
And as the horns reach their final crescendo, Danny looks scared after seeing the girls while riding his Big Wheel.
Then the lyrics start:
“The ball is tipped…”
Jack obsessively bounces a racquetball
“and there you are…”
“You’re running for your life”
Crazy Jack chases his family through the hedge maze, and cut to
terrified Shelley Duvall
“You’re a shoot-ing star”
“And all the years…”
“no one knows…”
“just how hard you worked”
Shelley Duvall finds pages of “all work and no play”
“”but now it shows…in ONE SHINING MOMENT, IT’S ALL ON THE LINE…”
“ONE SHINING MOMENT, THERE FROZEN IN TIME”
Dead, frozen Jack
“But time is short…”
“and the road is long…”
Danny covers his eyes to hide
“that moment’s gone…”
“And when it’s done, win or lose …”
“you always did your best …”
“cuz inside you knew…”
(that) ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU REACHED DEEP INSIDE
Shelley hits Jack with the bat & knocks him down stairs
“ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW YOU WERE ALIVE …”
Feel the beat of your heart
feel the wind in your face …”
it’s more than a contest it’s more than a race…
ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW … ONE SHINING MOMENT….”