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The Thing (25-Jun-1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Bill Lancaster

From short story: Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Music by: Ennio Morricone

Producers: David Foster; Lawrence Turman

Keywords: Sci-Fi/Horror, Alien Invasion, Antarctica, Explosions

Under the guise of a escaped dog, a shape-shifting alien enters an American research base in Antarctica, killing its inhabitants one by one and assuming their identities. An atmosphere of tense paranoia congeals. One of John Carpenter's best. Short story previously adapted as The Thing From Another World (1951), different enough that one would not consider this a remake.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Wilford Brimley
Actor
27-Sep-1934   Grandfatherly actor, shill for Oatmeal Industry
David Clennon
Actor
10-May-1943   Joshua Nankin on The Agency
Keith David
Actor
4-Jun-1956   DCI in Agent Cody Banks
Richard Dysart
Actor
30-Mar-1929   Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law
Richard Masur
Actor
20-Nov-1948   Who'll Stop the Rain
Donald Moffat
Actor
26-Dec-1930   British-American character actor
Kurt Russell
Actor
17-Mar-1951   Call him Snake
Norbert Weisser
Actor
9-Jul-1946   Midnight Express

CAST

Starring
Kurt Russell   ...   MacReady
Also Starring
Wilford Brimley   ...   Blair
T. K. Carter   ...   Nauls
David Clennon   ...   Palmer
Keith David   ...   Childs
Richard Dysart   ...   Dr. Copper
Charles Hallahan   ...   Norris
Peter Maloney   ...   Bennings
Richard Masur   ...   Clark
Donald Moffat   ...   Garry
Joel Polis   ...   Fuchs
Thomas Waites   ...   Windows
Norbert Weisser   ...   Norwegian
Larry Franco   ...   Norwegian Passenger with Rifle
Nate Irwin   ...   Helicopter Pilot
William Zeman   ...   Pilot

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