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Saw (2004)

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Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director:

James Wan

Writers:

Leigh Whannell, James Wan (story) | 1 more credit »
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8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh Whannell ... Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
Cary Elwes ... Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover ... Detective David Tapp
Ken Leung ... Detective Steven Sing
Dina Meyer ... Kerry
Mike Butters ... Paul
Paul Gutrecht ... Mark
Michael Emerson ... Zep Hindle
Benito Martinez ... Brett
Shawnee Smith ... Amanda
Makenzie Vega ... Diana Gordon
Monica Potter ... Alison Gordon
Ned Bellamy ... Jeff
Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Carla (as Alexandra Chun)
Avner Garbi Avner Garbi ... Father
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Storyline

Waking up in a bathroom, two men, Adam and Dr. Lawrence Gordon, discover they have been captured by the infamous Jigsaw Killer. The men must escape before time runs out, otherwise, they will face the deadly consequences. Written by Rebekah Swain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Oh yes, there will be blood See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, casting agent Amy Lippens asked director James Wan who he wanted to play the character of Amanda. On a whim, Wan suggested Shawnee Smith, on whom he had had a crush since his teen years. He was surprised when Lippens came back a few days later and told him that they had secured her for the role. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 28 mins) In the car chase scene, Zep is seen driving a late-1980s Ford Bronco II. When he arrives at the warehouse, the truck has changed to an early 1990s Ford F-150. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam: Help! Someone help me! Is someone there? Hey! Oh shit, I'm probably dead.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title ripples like it was underwater. See more »

Alternate Versions

German Collector's Edition by Kinowelt contains R-rated version (with commentary, making-of & English DTS-ES sound) and uncut version (labeled "Director's cut", with unrated music-video and a soundtrack CD). The Saw I + II steelbook edition includes what is labeled the "US director's cut" of Saw I. This version replaces the logos (new Lionsgate logo, Twisted Pictures logo instead of Evolution Management logo) at the beginning and removes some moments between Adam and Dr. Gordon at the end (ca. 33 seconds). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Scary Movie 4 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bite the Hand That Bleeds
Performed by Fear Factory
Written by Fear Factory (Olde Wolbers, Raymond Herrera, Burton C. Bell)
Published by BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Liquid 8 Records
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It ain't "Last House..." But comes really close!
30 October 2004 | by HeartMongerSee all my reviews

In Wes Craven's film "Last House on the Left" two teenage girls are kidnapped, taken into woods nearby one of them's house, and tortured literally to death. Then the killers are met by sterner justice from the parents who lived in the last house on the left. This film included disembowelment, chest carving, stabbing, choking, shooting, fist thrown...the works. And to top it all off to boot, Craven had a social commentary to add to the already intense storyline.

This film was a lot like "Last House..." with the exception of the moral at the end. this film was a plain, scare the pants off ya, turn the lights on in the middle of the night, scream out loud till ya barf twice go crazy, deadbolt your doors, pray you die early type of scare film. Two men are locked in a sewage room and must try to kill one another in order to be free. Other characters and lot twist are added along the way. But the film is executed unnervingly!

Elwes and the other dude were really great in their roles. Danny Glover, as a dried out, discharged obsessed cop was great with what little time he had on screen. The rest of the cast did their own little private parts to make it pleasant. Intense character build up creates a surrealistic atmosphere that makes the audience concentrate on exactly what is going on.. creepy stuff.

Audiences who see this will probably not be sleeping for awhile...

Don't see it alone!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jigsaw See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,276,468, 31 October 2004

Gross USA:

$56,000,369

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,911,669
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | DTS (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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