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The Thing (1982)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
Charles Hallahan ...
Windows (as Thomas Waites)
Norwegian Passenger with Rifle (as Larry Franco)
Nate Irwin ...


An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over. Written by Goth <>

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Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Thing  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,107,897 (USA) (2 July 1982)


$13,782,838 (USA)

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Some of the scenes deleted from the movie include;
  • Doc and Blair checking the corpse of the dead Norwegian that Garry killed. Garry takes Norwegian's ID tags and reads his name, Jans Bolen. Childs is asked by Garry did Norwegian said something before he was shot, and Child's response is; "Am i start looking Norwegian to you, bwana?"

  • Norris goes to Mac's shack and tells him that he needs to fly the helicopter over to Norwegian base.

  • Mac and Doc checking the destroyed Norwegian base longer and right after they found giant block of ice where the thing was frozen they also find the body of one more dead Norwegian stuffed inside the closet.

  • Rest of the crew sitting together and waiting for Mac and Doc back at outpost while two of them are at Norwegian base.

  • Mac moving his stuff inside the base because cold weather outside is too much for his shack.

  • Doc and Fuchs checking the footage from Norwegian base.

  • Mac watching some footage from Norwegian base with his "friend", blow-up doll.

  • Blair checking the Dog-Thing's dead body longer while rest of the crew is asking questions about it. When Blair mentions that the thing is not dead yet, everyone back off from it.

  • Mac and Norris climbing out of the crater where the thing's UFO is located.

  • Mac shows everyone ripped clothes that Nauls found in his kitchen, revealing that who ever was wearing it is large person, however most of the crew members are therefore suspected to be the things.

  • Deleted sequence during the scene where some of the crew members are tied down when lights in outpost turn off, causing panic between the crew for some time before Mac and Palmer manage to fix it. John Carpenter mentioned in DVD commentary that "Lights out" scene was deleted because it was lighted with blue light which didn't really work in the scene.

  • Originally, Fuchs was found dead by Childs and Palmer inside their greenhouse, pinned to a door with a shovel impaled into his chest (in original script, he was killed in same way but with with an axe). There is a picture that shows Fuchs impaled with the shovel on the door, however there is also one picture that shows rather a Fuchs-thing, still impaled and looked to be burned, but rather smiling.

  • Originally, Bennings was killed with a screwdriver from behind by an unidentified person in a blue coat (presumably Blair) while he was inside the cannel. Beginning of this scene where he enters the kennel, sees someone and says "Clark?" was used for early TV cuts and it was also in deleted scenes in Special Edition of the movie. Carpenter mentioned that he wanted to make Clark look more suspicious with this scene, but after viewing the scene in early previews, it didn't fit well with rest of the movie, and it felt more like something out of Carpenter's Halloween.

  • Mac and Nauls are checking the Mac's shack when suddenly Mac's blow-up doll flies out through the shack's destroyed roof, scaring the hell out of both of them.

  • Blair-thing was originally shown onscreen much longer in really bad stop-motion scene which Carpenter deleted.

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(at around 1h 15 mins) As Dr. Copper puts the defibrillator onto Norris' "chest mouth", in the next shot when the mouth bites Copper's arms, the defibrillator cord disappears. See more »


Garry: The generator's gone.
MacReady: Any way we can we fix it?
Garry: It's "gone", MacReady.
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Why The Thing?
27 September 2003 | by (BODOE, NORWAY) – See all my reviews

Many people has got a film they think of as their favourite movie. My movie will always be John Carpenter's The Thing! The main reason why this movie is a cult-film is perhaps the splatter-effects created mainly by genius Rob Bottin and that this is the movie that made Kurt Russell what he is today (along with Escape from N.Y.) In my opinion, this is not a great film because of the effects, it has to do with the story, the atmosphere, and of course, the acting. I have watched thousands and thousands of movies (3-6 every day the last 10 years), but none has had the impact on me as this one, not even the great "Das Boot".

Here's my suggestion to you who likes sci-fi and horror movies: Place yourself in the good chair of your home. Be sure you're not interupted by anyone. If you aint got a projector, sit close to your TV and watch this miracle of a film. Let it absorbe you, and you'll see it my way!

Best View Time: Late February between 5 and 9 in the evening.

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