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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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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


Before you die, you see... the ring. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red Japanese maple (seen in the video) was artificial, built out of steel tubing and plaster, with painted silk for the leaves. (The crew dubbed it "Lucille" after "a certain red-haired actress"). While filming in Washington state, the tree was erected three times, only to have it knocked over by nearly 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts. In Los Angeles it was erected for a fourth time, only to be blown down again, this time by 60-mile-an-hour winds. See more »


When Noah is walking towards to the TV when Samara is coming out of the well, he is barefoot. When he falls backward into the shelves after Samara comes out of the TV, he is wearing flip flops. 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

At the very end of the credits, Samara repeats her song. See more »


Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Ring (2015) 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

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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