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  • R.J. MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a little while, see what happens?

  • Nauls: Maybe we at war with Norway.

  • Childs: Cut me loose, dammit!

  • Garry: This is pure nonsense. It doesn't prove a thing.
    MacReady: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one that could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

  • Clark: I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.

  • MacReady: talking into his tape recorder) - I'm going to hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there will be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on. One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded and bloody long-johns in the trash but the name tag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody,nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. There's nothing more I can do, just wait. This is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.
    MacReady: [talking into his tape recorder] I'm going to hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there will be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on. One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded and bloody long-johns in the trash but the name tag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody,nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. There's nothing more I can do, just wait. This is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.

  • MacReady: anybody touches me and we go
    MacReady: Anybody touches me, and we go.

  • MacReady: We're gonna draw a little bit of everyone's blood, 'cause we're gonna find out who's the Thing. Watching Norris in there gave me the idea that every little part of him was a whole. Every little piece was an individual animal with a built-in desire to protect its own life. You see, when a man bleeds, it's just tissue. But blood from one of you Things won't obey when it's attacked. It'll try and survive. Crawl away from a hot needle, say.

  • MacReady: (macready throws dynamite at the thing) yeah fuck you too
    MacReady: [MacReady throws dynamite at the thing] Yeah fuck you too.

  • MacReady: [MacReady pours his drink into the computer tower, frying it] Cheating bitch!

  • Palmer: Oh you've got to be f***ing kidding!

  • Clark: I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.

  • Garry: This is pure nonsense. Doesn't prove a thing.
    MacReady: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

  • Nauls: Where we going?
    MacReady: Up to my shack.
    Nauls: What the hell for?
    MacReady: 'Cuz when I left yesterday I turned the lights off.

  • MacReady: There's a storm hitting us in six hours, and we're gonna find out who's who.

  • Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. And when you find the time I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!!!
    Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. And when you find the time I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

  • MacReady: Cheatin' bitch.
    MacReady: Poor baby, your startin' to lose it, aren't yah?

  • Palmer: I was wondering when El Capitan was gonna get a chance to use his popgun
    Palmer: I was wonderin' when El Capitan was gonna get a chance to use his popgun.

  • MacReady: Someone in this camp ain't who what he appears to be.

  • MacReady: Someone in this camp ain't what he appears to be.

  • Windows: It's Bennings!

  • Nauls: So what is it going to do, come after us?

  • MacReady: I think that we should heat things up a little.

  • Norwegian Passenger with Rifle: "Get the heck away from that!" -translated
    Norwegian Passenger with Rifle: Get the heck away from that!

  • Garry: But I've known Bennings for ten years!

  • Palmer: But they are dead!

  • Fuchs: Mac, this is important.

  • MacReady: Yeah, fuck you too!

  • Childs: I just can't believe any of this voodoo bullshit!

  • Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

  • MacReady: You really wanna save those crazy swedes.

  • MacReady: Mac wants a flamethrower!

  • Blair: You see, what we're talking about here is an organism that imitates other life forms, and imitates them perfectly. When this Thing attacked our dogs, it tried to digest them. Absorb them. And in the process, shape its own cells to imitate them. This, for instance, that's not dog. That's imitation. We got to it before it had time to finish.
    Norris: Finish what?
    Blair: Finish imitating these dogs.

  • Windows: Childs, what if we're wrong about him?
    Childs: Well, then we're wrong!

  • Windows: You guys gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean, he could be one of those Things!

  • MacReady: We're gonna draw a little bit of everyone's blood, 'cause we're gonna find out who's the Thing. Watching Norris in there gave me the idea that every little part of him was a whole. Every little piece was an individual animal with a built-in desire to protect its own life. You see, when a man bleeds, it's just tissue. But blood from one of you Things won't obey when it's attacked. It'll try and survive. Crawl away from a hot needle, say.

  • Windows: "Fuck YOU, Palmer!"
    Windows: Fuck YOU, Palmer!

  • Fuchs: It could have imitated a million life forms on a million planets. It could change into any one of them at any time. Now, it wants life forms on Earth."
    Fuchs: It could have imitated a million life forms on a million planets. It could change into any one of them at any time. Now, it wants life forms on Earth.

  • Bennings: Clark! Will you put this mutt with the others, where it belongs!?
    Clark: Yeah, ok.

  • Norwegian: (In Norwegian) Get the hell outta there. That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real! Get away, you idiots!"
    Norwegian: [in Norwegian] Get the hell outta there. That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real! Get away, you idiots!

  • Garry: I'll put this right through your HEAD.

  • Windows: You all gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean he could BE one of those THINGS.
    Windows: You guys gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean, he could BE one of those things!

  • Norris: I'd say the ice this thing is buried in is 100,000 years old...At least.
    Norris: I'd say the ice this thing is buried in is 100,000 years old. At least.

  • Clark: Let's do what Mac says....I mean, he wasted Norris pretty quick, right?
    Clark: Let's do what Mac says... I mean, he wasted Norris pretty quick, right?

  • Garry: I don't know about Copper...But I give you my word I did not go near that blood.....But I guess you'll all feel a little easier...If someone else was in charge.
    Garry: I don't know about Copper. But I give you my word I did not go near that blood... But I guess you'll all feel a little easier, if someone else was in charge.

  • Dr. Copper: Yeah, you don't want to drug me...Mac, I'm not a PRISONER!
    Dr. Copper: Yeah, you don't want to drug me... Mac, I'm not a PRISONER!

  • Bennings: Childs, Mac wants the flamethrower!
    Childs: Mac wants the WHAT?
    Bennings: That's what he said, now MOVE!

  • Garry: The generator's gone.
    MacReady: Any way we can fix it?
    Garry: It's GONE, MacReady.

  • Blair: A Cell gets out, and it will IMITATE EVERYTHING on the face of the EARTH! AND NOTHING CAN STOP IT!
    Childs: Hey, take it easy, come on, Blair, you don't want to hurt nobody.
    Blair: I'LL KILL YOU!

  • Garry: You reach anybody, yet?
    Windows: Reach anybody? We're a thousand miles from nowhere, man. And it's gonna get a hell of a lot worse before it gets any better!
    Garry: Well stick to it, Windows. Stick to it.

  • Fuchs: Damn it, MacReady! Listen! There is still cellular activity in these burned remains. They're not dead yet!

  • Nauls: Maybe we at war with Norway.
    Nauls: Maybe we're at war with Norway?

  • Norris: That's what it WANTS! To pit us against each other!

  • Bennings: Winds are gonna die down a tad over the next couple of hours.
    Garry: A TAD?

  • Clark: I don't know what the Hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.
    Clark: I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.

  • Dr. Copper: (Stitching Bennings bullet wound) Awww, come on, four stitches. Barely grazed you.
    Dr. Copper: [stitching Bennings bullet wound] Aw, come on, four stitches. Barely grazed you.

  • Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. But when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F*CKING COUCH!
    Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

  • Palmer: Childs? Chariot's of the Gods, man. They praticaly own South America.

  • Childs: (After the thing blows up, the only two alive are Childs and MacReady) So... What should we do now?
    Childs: [after the thing blows up, the only two alive are Childs and MacReady] So, what should we do now?
    MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a while... See what happens (Credits Roll)
    MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a while? See what happens [credits roll]

  • MacReady: "...nobody...nobody trusts anybody anymore..."
    MacReady: Nobody. Nobody trusts anybody anymore.

  • Childs: (after MacReady discovers that Clark's (who's now dead) blood was pure) - Then Clark was human, huh? Which makes you a murderer, don't it?

  • MacReady: I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.

  • Nauls: Maybe we're at war with Norway?

  • MacReady: (The Thing roars and screams) - Yeah, fu*k you too!

  • Clark: I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.

  • MacReady: (holding TNT in one hand and a flare in the other) - Anybody touches me, and we go!

  • Childs: I just cannot believe any of this voodoo bullsh*t.
    Palmer: Childs, it happens all the time, man. They're falling out of the sky like flies. Government knows all about it, right, Mac?
    Childs: You believe any of this voodoo bullsh*t, Blair?
    Palmer: Childs, Childs...Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know.
    Palmer: Childs, Childs. Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know.

  • Blair: You guys think I'M crazy! Well, that's fine! Most of you don't know what's going on around here, but I'm damn well sure SOME of you do! You think that thing wanted to be an animal? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US!

  • Garry: This is pure nonsense. It doesn't prove a thing.
    MacReady: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

  • Palmer: (Norris' head grows legs and tries to walk away) - You gotta be fu*king kidding!

  • MacReady: Hey, Sweden!

  • Fuchs: I need to talk to you. Meet me outside in five minutes.
    MacReady: It's 40 below zero outside.

  • MacReady: Now I'm gonna show you what I already know.

  • Palmer: Don't argue with him.

  • MacReady: I don't know...it's like this: thousands of years ago this spaceship crashes, and this thing, whatever it is, jumps out or crawls out and gets entombed in the ice.
    MacReady: I don't know, it's like this: thousands of years ago this spaceship crashes, and this thing, whatever it is, jumps out or crawls out and gets entombed in the ice.
    Garry: So, the Norwegians find it, and they dig it out of the ice...
    MacReady: That's right, Garry. They dig it up; they cart it back to their base. Somehow it gets thawed; it wakes up, probably not the best of moods, and...I don't know. I wasn't there!
    MacReady: That's right, Garry. They dig it up; they cart it back to their base. Somehow it gets thawed; it wakes up, probably not the best of moods, and, I don't know. I wasn't there!

  • Windows: You guys gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean, he could BE one of those things!

  • Blair: A cell gets out, and it will IMITATE EVERYTHING on the face of the EARTH! AND NOTHING CAN STOP IT!
    Childs: Hey, take it easy, come on, Blair, you don't want to hurt nobody.
    Blair: I'LL KILL YOU!

  • MacReady: How you doing', old boy?
    MacReady: How you doing old boy?
    Blair: I don't know who to trust.
    MacReady: I know what you mean, Blair. Trust's a tough thing to come by these days. Tell you what - Why don't you just trust in the Lord?
    MacReady: I know what you mean, Blair. Trust's a tough thing to come by these days. Tell you what. Why don't you just trust in the Lord?

  • Garry: You reach anybody, yet?
    Windows: Reach anybody? We're a thousand miles from nowhere, man. And it's gonna get a hell of a lot worse before it gets any better!

  • MacReady: Childs, we're going out to give Blair the test. If you see him trying to make his way back here and we're not with him...burn him.
    MacReady: Childs, we're going out to give Blair the test. If you see him trying to make his way back here and we're not with him, burn him.

  • Palmer: I was wondering' when El Captain was gonna get a chance to use his popgun.

  • Windows: Childs, what if we're wrong?
    Childs: Why, then we're wrong!

  • MacReady: (talking into his tape recorder) - I'm going to hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there will be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on...One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded and bloody long-johns in the trash but the name tag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody...nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired... there's nothing more I can do, just wait...this is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.
    MacReady: (talking into his tape recorder) - I'm going to hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there will be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on...One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded and bloody long-johns in the trash but the name tag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody,nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. There's nothing more I can do, just wait. This is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.
    MacReady: (talking into his tape recorder) - I'm going to hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there will be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on. One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded and bloody long-johns in the trash but the name tag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody,nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. There's nothing more I can do, just wait. This is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.

  • MacReady: [MacReady pours his drink into the computer tower, frying it] ...Cheating bitch!
    MacReady: [MacReady pours his drink into the computer tower, frying it] Cheating bitch!

  • Childs: Temperature's up all over the camp. ...Won't last long though.
    Childs: Temperature's up all over the camp. Won't last long though.
    MacReady: Neither will we.
    Childs: How will we make it?
    MacReady: Maybe we shouldn't.
    Childs: If you're worried about me...
    MacReady: If we've got any surprises for each other, I don't think either one of us is in much shape to do anything about it.

  • Childs: You're gonna have to sleep sometime, MacReady.
    MacReady: I'm a real light sleeper, Childs.

  • MacReady: First goddamn week of winter.

  • Childs: What do we do now?
    MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a little while...see what happens...
    MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a little while. See what happens.

  • MacReady: I just wanna get up to my shack and get drunk...
    MacReady: I just wanna get up to my shack and get drunk.

  • MacReady: Somebody in this camp ain't what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us.
    Childs: So, how do we know whose human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know it was really me?

  • Garry: The generator's gone.
    MacReady: Any way we can we fix it?
    Garry: It's "gone", MacReady.
    Garry: It's 'gone', MacReady.

  • Dr. Copper: (viewing the ruined Norwegian camp) - My God, what the hell happened here?
    MacReady: Come on, Doc.

  • Garry: My god, what was happening to him?
    MacReady: If it had any more time, just a few minutes more to finish, it would have looked and sounded and acted just like Bennings!
    Garry: I don't know what you're saying.
    MacReady: That was one of those things out there, trying to imitate him, Garry. Come on.
    Garry: MacReady, I know Bennings, I've known him for ten years. He's my friend.
    MacReady: We've gotta burn the rest of him.

  • Palmer: Childs....Childs! Chariots of the Gods,Man! I mean...they practicaly own South America!
    Palmer: Childs, Childs. Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America.

  • Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

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