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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.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Koji Suzuki)
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14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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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


In the well, no one will see... 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)


$128,579,698 (USA) (31 January 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene in which Rachel is on the balcony looking into windows of another building, shown on the TV of the third window she peaks at, is a Taiwanese soft drink commercial, featuring actor Takeshi Kaneshiro. This commercial is made in the early-'90s, when Takeshi's career was mainly in Taiwan as a pop idol. See more »


Mr Morgan tells Rachel to leave his house, he opens the door and you can see that the day is very sunny, when he closes the door, it's full of fog and very cloudy. 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

The 'D' in the Dreamworks logo is superimposed by an image of The Ring from the videotape at the same moment static cuts in. See more »


Referenced in What I Like About You: Don't Kiss the Messenger (2005) See more »


Hey John
Written by Scott Leger, Nate Navarro, Eddie Willis, Steve Rude & Curtis Ryker
Performed by Wide Awake
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User Reviews

17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie makes you realize why so many other movies fail to be scary...not enough psychological elements. What this movie does right is that it skips the gore, and blood, and over-the-top overacting crazed lunatics that seem the norm in horror movies.

I saw this with a friend in the theater and 10 minutes in we were sinking into our chairs with fear. Not even the annoying teens making their phones ring to scare their friends (when you see the movie you will understand why) were a powerful enough distraction to undo the terror we felt.

Definitely see it, make sure you have as big a TV as you can get your hands on when you rent it, and that you watch it at night in the dark...if you want the full effect. Also, make sure you rent it on DVD and NOT cassette...you know, just to be safe ;)

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