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The Thing is an horror movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley and Donald Moffat and Richard Dysart. The movie was written by Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story). The film has a $15 million budget with a 109-minute running time. The Thing currently has a 8.1 IMDb rating, based on 316175 and 57 Metascore on Metacritic. The movie is rated R.

release date for The Thing

The Thing release date

When does The Thing come out in theaters?

The official theatrical release date for The Thing (1982) is June 25, 1982.


When will The Thing be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital?

The Thing DVD/Blu-ray release date is N/A. The estimated DVD release date is N/A. The movie has been out for around since its theatrical release. DVD and Blu-ray releases typically come out 12-16 weeks after the theatrical premiere.

Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes will be available 1-2 weeks before the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K releases – sometime in N/A. Dates do change so check back often as the release approaches. We will update this page with more details as they become available.

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The Thing budget

How much did The Thing cost to make?

$15,000,000 budget

The movie cost $15 million to make.

The Thing movie poster

The Thing rating

R Rated

The Thing is rated R. R stands for ‘Restricted’, which means children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. The movie contains some adult material and parents are urged to learn more about the movie.


The Thing reviews

8.1 IMDb 57 Metascore

The movie currently has a 8.1 of out 10 IMDb rating and 57 Metascore on Metacritic. We will continue to add and update review scores.


The Thing trailer

The Thing plot summary

What is The Thing about?

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


Synopsis from IMDb A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.


The running times are based on US timings only and all times are rounded off to the nearest minute. Other countries may have different running lengths. Theatrical releases running times differ due to the counting of frames from the first frame to the last frame of any credits.


The Thing cast

Who is in The Thing?

Kurt Russell in The Thing Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady
Keith David in The Thing Keith David as Childs
Wilford Brimley in The Thing Wilford Brimley as Dr. Blair
Donald Moffat in The Thing Donald Moffat as Garry
Richard Dysart in The Thing Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper

The Thing box Office

How much did The Thing make?

$19,629,760 worldwide

The film has made over $20 million worldwide at the box office. This does not include the DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales.


The Thing details

Theatrical Release Date: June 25, 1982
DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: N/A
Film Budget: $15 million
Box Office: $20 million
Length: 109 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction
Language: English

The Thing facts


How long is The Thing?

The movie is 109 minutes long (1 hour and 49 minutes).

What year did The Thing come out?

The movie is out on June 25, 1982. The movie has been out for .


Who is the lead actor in the movie?

Kurt Russell plays as R.J. MacReady.


Who is the director of The Thing?

John Carpenter directed the movie.


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