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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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2.35 : 1
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A rather disturbing shot that was never filmed involved Raoul's mangled fingers being seen inside the panic room door, and falling out when it opened. See more »


Junior says that Meg had closed escrow. New York does not have an escrow system. Closing on a house is done with attorneys, with a set closing date. See more »


Raoul: [to Sarah] Don't you look at me.
Burnham: Hey, all I know about this is what I've seen on TV. You gotta talk me through this.
[fills syringe with insulin]
Burnham: Nice house you guys got. Mom's rich?
Sarah: Dad's rich. Mom's just mad.
Burnham: Like this?
Sarah: Tap it.
Burnham: I wish I could put my kid in a place like this. Not that I didn't try. Just sometimes things they don't work out the way you want them to. Wasn't supposed to be like this. You weren't supposed to be here.
Sarah: Thanks.
[reads jumpsuit]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. See more »


References Titanic (1997) 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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