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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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Frank revised the screenplay. See more »


When Rachel is holding the tape at sunset just before watching it, the shadows and red light move across her and the room downward; however shadows cast by a setting sun would move upward not downward. 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 Will & Grace: Dolls and Dolls (2003) See more »


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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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