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The Ring (2002)

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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writers:

Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel) (as Koji Suzuki)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Rachel
Martin Henderson ... Noah
David Dorfman ... Aidan
Brian Cox ... Richard Morgan
Jane Alexander ... Dr. Grasnik
Lindsay Frost ... Ruth
Amber Tamblyn ... Katie
Rachael Bella ... Becca
Daveigh Chase ... Samara
Shannon Cochran ... Anna Morgan
Sandra Thigpen ... Teacher
Richard Lineback ... Innkeeper
Sasha Barrese ... Girl Teen #1
Tess Hall Tess Hall ... Girl Teen #2
Adam Brody ... Male Teen #1
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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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Taglines:

Before you die, you see... the ring. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,015,393, 20 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$129,128,133

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$249,348,933
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SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Until Stephen King's It (2017), this movie was the highest-grossing horror remake in history, with a total worldwide gross of over US $249 million. See more »

Goofs

The counter numbers are messed up on both the original tape and the copy. This is not possible with a VHS tape - no such time code is recorded on the control track like Noah, who is a video expert, says. Additionally, Noah says that the control track can be used to tell what made the recording, also not true. The control track actually just tells the VCR how fast the tape should play and when to advance one second. It is also used to determine the correct tracking of the video heads. There should be nothing wrong with this track - otherwise the tape would play at the wrong speed and the video would vanish into static. Or the VCR would keep searching for a healthy control track if the tape was just loaded. 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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Crazy Credits

The FBI warning in the home release features spooky noises in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MovieBerto: The Ring (La señal) (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey John
Written by Scott Leger, Nate Navarro, Eddie Willis, Steve Rude & Curtis Ryker
Performed by Wide Awake
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First class suspense
4 May 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See 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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