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Panic Room (2002)

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A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.



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Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. Written by Film_Fan

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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Safe Room  »


Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,056,751, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Having just made a film with 150 locations in the shape of Fight Club (1999), David Fincher was keen to tackle something a lot simpler for his next film. See more »


The first time the contents of the small refrigerator is shown there are at least 2 bottles of juice. the second time the juice is gone. See more »


Meg: [on loudspeaker] Get out of my house!
Sarah: Say fuck!
Meg: [on loud speaker] FUCK!
Sarah: Mom! "Get the fuck out of my house"!
Meg: [on loudspeaker] Get the FUCK out of my house!
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Crazy Credits

As long as you can read "An Indelible Picture" you can already see the credit "Jodie Foster" in the background. See more »


Spoofed in 2002 MTV Movie Awards (2002) See more »

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Circus Performance
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

David Fincher is a magician of sorts, he should work in a circus. He does things with his gadgets that are quite extraordinary, but, has absolutely no clue about drama. Based on a tiny, thin, invisible script he builds a theme park ride that gets very tired very soon. All of David Fincher's films look terrific, they all have ambitious intentions but they collapse under the poverty of the scripts. "Seven" is the better one, but still, after you get over the magnificent photography, you're left with a formula used and abused for years. "Fight Club" has a first hour that makes you think in you're in for a real treat. With superb performances by Norton, Pitt and Bonham Carter and then a massive let down. "The Game" was mystical, powerful, mysterious and spine chilling for the whole first part but then... They all have that same common denominator, opportunistic, thoughtless and unimaginative writing. That alone alienates the bulk of their potential audiences. Now "Panic Room" the most blatant example of what I'm trying to convey. No matter how brilliant the camera work, where are the characters? Where is the drama? What was with the husband? What about that semi visit by the police? Unforgivable. I should advice Mr. Fincher to look at films with less gadgetry, even less ambition and take note. From William Wyler's "Desperate Hours" to David Miller's "Midnight Lace" or quite simply look at the sort of writers Alfred Hitchcock worked with, without them Mr. Hitchcock would have been a director of the past not the legendary master for all seasons.

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