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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It was supposed to be the safest room in the house



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:

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


£8,202,281 (UK) (14 June 2002)

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Outside of the opening and closing scenes, everything else in the film is either set within the walls of the panic room or Meg's house. See more »


It is clearly raining outside, yet when Burnham is in the house, he is completely dry. See more »


Junior: [shouts] Worst that's gonna happen is... is they'll pass out. They'll have a hang over.
Burnham: How are we gonna get in there if they pass out, Junior?
Junior: [pauses] Cut it back a little.
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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 »


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Edge of your seat thriller!
10 April 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was a very suspenseful and exciting thriller from David Fincher who is responsible for my all time favourite film which is Seven. This new film has another very good performance by Jodie Foster but the acting standout of the film has to go to Dwight Yoakam with awesome performance as Raoul. The only problem i had with this film was its ending which was a bit of a let down but did not really spoil the film at all.

8 out of 10

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