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The Ring (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  18 October 2002 (USA)
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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Thigpen ...
Girl Teen #1
Tess Hall ...
Girl Teen #2
Male Teen #1


Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everyone will suffer! See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ring  »

Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,015,393 (USA) (18 October 2002)


£9,455,478 (UK) (4 April 2003)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production designer Tom Duffield relied on Andrew Wyeth's paintings as his main visual inspiration for the film. See more »


The counter numbers are messed up on both the original tape and the copy. This is not possible with a VHS tape - no such time code is recorded on the control track like Noah, who is a video expert, says. Additionally, Noah says that the control track can be used to tell what made the recording, also not true. The control track actually just tells the VCR how fast the tape should play and when to advance one second. There should be nothing wrong with this track - otherwise the tape wouldn't play and the VCR would just keep searching for the track and eventually eject the tape automatically. See more »


[first lines]
Katie: I hate television. Gives me headaches. You know, I heard there's so many magnetic waves traveling through the air, because of TV and telephones, that we're losing, like, ten times as many brain cells as we're supposed to. Like, all the molecules in our heads are all unstable. All the companies know about it, but they're not doing anything about it. It's, like, a big conspiracy.
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Crazy Credits

On the DVD release, the Copyright Warning message is affected by 'interference' much like the intro. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Eric McCormack/Jay-Z (2002) See more »


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User Reviews

A Big Scare
15 October 2002 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I must say that I consider myself to be a lover of horror, but much too often, sex and gore is subsituted for real horror and you don't get that feeling of genuine fear in the pit of your stomach. Not so with "The Ring". Never have I seen a film that has affected me so. The images seem to tug at your subconscious, at the dark things we keep inside. I haven't been able to close my eyes without replaying bits of the film behind my eyelids. I have slept with the light on since I've seen it, and we can't stop talking about it. Hands down, it was the best, the scariest, the creepiest, and the most intense horror film ever. The audience in the theater all gripped their armrests, breathed heavily and felt everything the characters were experiencing. It was excellent! But beware.... don't expect to leave "The Ring" in the movie theater, it will certainly be with you for a long time.

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