Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman is commended as a hero, but Agent Strahm is suspicious, and delves into Hoffman's past. Meanwhile, another group of people are put through a series of gruesome tests.


David Hackl


Patrick Melton (screenplay), Marcus Dunstan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobin Bell ... Jigsaw / John
Costas Mandylor ... Mark Hoffman
Scott Patterson ... Agent Strahm
Betsy Russell ... Jill
Julie Benz ... Brit
Meagan Good ... Luba
Mark Rolston ... Dan Erickson
Carlo Rota ... Charles
Greg Bryk ... Mallick
Laura Gordon ... Ashley
Joris Jarsky ... Seth
Mike Butters ... Paul
Al Sapienza ... Chief of Police
Mike Realba ... Detective Fisk
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ... Bernie


Detective Mark Hoffman is deemed a hero after he saves a young girl and "escapes" one of Jigsaw's games, or so it seems. Special Agent Peter Strahm is suspicious of him after an injured Agent Lindsay Perez says Hoffman's name. While Agent Strahm looks into Detective Hoffman's past, five people, who helped burn down a building which was supposedly abandoned, face a series of tests set up by Jigsaw. Written by Rebekah Swain

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Julie Benz was so affected by the intensity of her role in the film (particularly the gruesome climax) that she had nightmares. See more »


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Alternate Versions

Also available in an unrated director's cut version, which restores deleted scenes and the violence originally cut for an "R" rating. See more »


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Bloody, well acted, yet unsatisfying...
24 October 2008 | by scarlet_dragon001See all my reviews

My excitement for this film could only be compared to my excitement and expectations for The Dark Knight. The outcomes, however, are extremely different. The Dark Knight was not a letdown...

Saw V was quite well acted, however the plot was nothing but an explanation or a recap that didn't answer any of the questions I know many people have on their minds regarding the series. It lacked that famous Saw twist that we were all hoping for. It seemed like they just took a bunch of filler and turned it into a film while waiting for the next twist to come along. The traps were repetitive and uninteresting, though they made plenty of blood to make up for the lack of cleverness. There is an explanation for this though. New writers and director. If you noticed none of the writers or the director from the first IV were involved in the making of this film so you couldn't expect this film to be at all like the first films. The movie wasn't all bad, however. Like I said, there was PLENTY of blood to spare. The acting was once again impressive and Tobin Bell's performance is unmistakable.

All in all I was disappointed in the plot of the movie but quite entertained by the film as a whole. I really, really hope that this was the only stumble in the Saw series and that Saw VI brings more to the table.

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Release Date:

24 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saw V See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$10,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,053,954, 26 October 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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