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The Ring (2002)

 -  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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Storyline

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

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Horror | Mystery

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$128,502 (Finland) (14 March 2003)

Gross:

£9,455,478 (UK) (4 April 2003)
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Trivia

When filming the scene where Samara is walking toward the camera on the tape, the actress, Daveigh Chase, was actually walking backward towards the well. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel is looking through the newspapers for what time all of the teens died, she sees a time of 10:00 p.m. in one of the papers. According to Associated Press style, it should have read 10 p.m. See more »

Quotes

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

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First class suspense
4 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Ring, an American remake of the Japanese film "Ringu", is in my honest opinion a spectacular and enthralling film. The writing, directing, performances and replay value are amazing in and of themselves. I especially love the premise, and I will review this movie as it's own film, not a remake. What really makes it wonderful is the incredible performances and suspense. I really love all the actors' and actresses' dedication and believability, there being very memorable deliverances of lines and scenes after the film is over. The suspense is top-notch, because of how well the movie is played out and how creepy and fun the material is, that I was both eyes on the screen every second. Naomi Watts is radiant and brilliant; the scenes where she slowly puts the pieces of the puzzle together, or uncovers something dark and haunting are haunting themself because of how marvelous she makes this material.

Do not get me wrong, the material itself is great, but it would have been nothing were it not for the cast. The characters are all interesting, and the main story is quite saddening and effective when it is slowly revealed through many different aspects. While it seems as though the main threat, a "killer videotape", would be a ridiculous and stupid threat, hard to make convincing, it undoubtedly works to the fullest here and is entirely convincing, the videotape's images and the events themselves all being very interesting and entertaining. While the movie is not a masterpiece, it is not too short from it, having a great replay value and being one of the top 20 most effective horrors of the 00s, in my opinion. I am glad it receives a lot of positive reception, for it deserves every bit of it.


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Saw it when I was 14 and was pretty shaken up. punksummer
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