The Thing



Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

  1. John W. Campbell Jr.


  2. Bill Lancaster


  3. John Carpenter


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kurt Russell

    Kurt Russell

    R.J. MacReady

  2. Keith David

    Keith David


  3. Wilford Brimley

    Wilford Brimley

    Dr. Blair

  4. Donald Moffat

    Donald Moffat


  5. Richard Dysart

    Richard Dysart

    Dr. Copper

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The Thing
The Thing



Status Released

Release Information

  • June 25, 1982


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $19,629,760.00



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