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The Thing (1982)

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... MacReady
... Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
... Nauls
... Palmer
... Childs
... Dr. Copper
... Vance Norris
... George Bennings
... Clark
... Garry
... Fuchs
... Windows (as Thomas Waites)
... Norwegian
... Norwegian Passenger with Rifle
Nate Irwin ... Helicopter Pilot
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A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. Written by grantss

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Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone. See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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25 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Thing  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,107,897, 27 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,782,838
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When MacReady is administering the blood test with the hot wire, we see the characters cut their thumbs and let some drops of blood into the dishes. However, when he glances down at them a lot more blood has appeared in some of the dishes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
MacReady: Poor baby, you're starting to lose it.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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SUPERSTITION
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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Finally getting recognition.
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I am ashamed to say it, but I have to admit, the first time I saw this film was only about a year ago. After seeing it, I immediately rushed out and bought the DVD collectors' edition and have watched it many times since.

The film is terrific on many levels. It works as your straight monster or action type film, as a horror/sci-fi and also as a very intriguing look into the human psyche. The incredible sense of paranoia, mistrust and fear, lent not only by Carpenter's direction (which is stunning) but also by the incredible acting of the cast in general. Kurt Russell (obviously) is spectacularly understated in the lead role of MacReady, and, as a direct result he "feels" like a real person, rather than a hollywood "all american hero". The other cast members all carry off their roles with style, and the net result is an intensely believable atmosphere, and a truly fantastic film.


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