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Panic Room (2002)

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

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Safe Room  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,056,751 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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$95,308,367 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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David Fincher agreed that the film's production was an arduous one, remarking it as a "logistical nightmare." The lighting issue during the filming process was particularly difficult due to the complexity of the security cameras used in the mansion that send surveillance images to the television in the panic room. See more »

Goofs

When the bad guys are taping a garden hose to the propane tank, it's clear the tank has an O.P.D. type valve because of the triangular handle on the valve. Overfill Prevention Device valves have an added safety feature; they will not release propane without the proper hose fitting attached, which will depress a spring loaded valve just inside where the fitting screws in. Fittings like what is on the tank end used on gas grills. A simple garden hose would not release the valve. Therefore, when the valve is opened, no gas would have been released. See more »

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Raoul: [When the cops are at the door] She just killed her own kid.
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Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. See more »

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Severely underrated
2 February 2009 | by (Seattle, WA.) – See all my reviews

Way ahead of it's time. If you can come up with a story based in a single room and make it as engaging and exciting as this one... you deserve to be frozen and preserved for future teaching of inspiring film makers. This is a fantastic film and I'm glad Jodie Foster was available for the lead when Nicole Kidman got knocked up and bailed. I loved the off-character casting of Jared Leto and the unbelievable casting of Dwight Yoakam... DWIGHT YOAKAM. Everything worked. Another great, and yet again... underrated film by David Fincher. How long is it going to take for an established directed like Fincher to take a chance and roll the dice on trying to make a script like this work again? ...No one has the guts.


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