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Panic Room -- When her home is invaded by three armed robbers, a divorced woman and her young daughter hide in their specially designed "panic room" but end up in a deadly cat-and-mouse game anyway.
Panic Room -- A woman and her teenage daughter become imprisoned in the panic room of their own house by 3 criminals.


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29 March 2002 (USA) See more »
It was supposed to be the safest room in the house
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
David Fincher 
Writing credits
David Koepp (written by)

Produced by
Ceán Chaffin .... producer (as Cean Chaffin)
John S. Dorsey .... associate producer
Judy Hofflund .... producer
David Koepp .... producer
Gavin Polone .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Conrad W. Hall (director of photography)
Darius Khondji (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Haygood 
Angus Wall 
Casting by
Laray Mayfield 
Production Design by
Arthur Max 
Art Direction by
Keith Neely 
James E. Tocci 
Set Decoration by
Jon Danniells 
Garrett Lewis 
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Alec Gillis .... special makeup effects artist
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist: Ms. Foster
Robert McCann .... makeup artist: Ms. Foster
Edward Morrison .... key hair stylist
Julie Pearce .... key makeup artist (as Julie L. Pearce)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects artist
Patrick Magee .... makeup lab crew (uncredited)
Mike Manzel .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Randy Westgate .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Peter Mavromates .... post-production supervisor
Denis L. Stewart .... unit production manager
Jen Roskind .... unit manager: New York (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Mantia .... second second assistant director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Bob Wagner .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Hammer Maxwell .... on-set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
Bryce Moore .... assistant property master
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master (as Bucky Moore)
Carla S. Nemec .... art department coordinator
Dan Pemberton .... construction coordinator (as Daniel R. Pemberton)
Peter Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Ruben Abarca .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
Paul 'Eel' Anderson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeff Brown .... greens coordinator (uncredited)
Philip Canfield .... lead man (uncredited)
David Carberry .... painter (uncredited)
David Chow .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
Sylvain Despretz .... concept artist (uncredited)
Doug Devine .... set dresser (uncredited)
Val Drake .... sculptor (uncredited)
Jimmy Flores .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Gary Grill .... carpenter (uncredited)
Lisa M. Kittredge .... construction auditor (uncredited)
Tim Mallory .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Mark A. Mancinelli .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Richard A. McCarthy .... plaster department head (uncredited)
Gary Metzen .... construction (uncredited)
Larry Morgan .... prop maker (uncredited)
Cesar Orozco .... propmaker (uncredited)
Steve Park .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron D. Peake .... welder (uncredited)
Jason Puga .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Shane Reed .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bert Rodriguez .... general foreman (uncredited)
Marco Rubeo .... set designer (uncredited)
Oliver Scholl .... illustrator (uncredited)
Stan Tropp .... set designer (uncredited)
Michael Walsh .... set dresser (uncredited)
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
Todd Boekelheide .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco .... assistant dialogue editor
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist (as Jeannette Browning)
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Eric Dachs .... assistant sound designer (as Eric B. Dachs)
Luke Dunn Gielmuda .... assistant foley editor
Malcolm Fife .... foley supervisor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound conforming editor
Edward J. Hernandez .... adr engineer
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Richard Hymns .... sound supervisor
Misa Kageyama .... assistant sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Ren Klyce .... sound designer
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Stuart McCowan .... assistant adr editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Larry Oatfield .... sound conforming editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Ewa Sztompke .... dialogue editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist
Doug Winningham .... assistant supervising sound editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr editor
Sean England .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: fill-in (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Yuri Everson .... project supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics
Jon Thackery .... special effects foreman (as Jonathan Thackery)
Joe Viskocil .... special effects supervisor (as Joseph Viskocil)
Thomas Zell .... special effects foreman
Steven Carlton Ficke .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Galich .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Roy Goode .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Johnny Alves .... digital artist: BUF (as Boudaille Alves)
Delahaye Bonnell .... digital artist: BUF
Olivier Cauwet .... artist CG supervisor: BUF (as Olivier Caowet)
David Ebner .... digital effects supervisor: ComputerCafe
Ron Frankel .... pre-visualization supervisor: Pixel Liberation Front
Vicki Galloway-Weimer .... digital effects producer: ComputerCafe (as Vicki Galloway Weimer)
Raymond Gieringer .... visual effects supervisor: Toybox
Colin Green .... pre-visualization animator: Pixel Liberation Front
Michael Hatton .... visual effects compositing supervisor: Toybox
Kevin Tod Haug .... visual effects supervisor
JoAnn Knox .... visual effects producer
Wendy Lanning .... visual effects project manager: Toybox
Leslie Lerman .... visual effects coordinator (as Leslie McMinn)
Akira Orikasa .... lead animator: ComputerCafe
Philippe Palmieri .... digital artist: BUF
S. Quinn .... pre-visualization coordinator: Pixel Liberation Front
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Toybox
Gabriel Vargas .... animator: ComputerCafe
David Verbeke .... digital artist: BUF (as Dupuis Verbeke)
Xavier Allard .... digital artist: BUF (uncredited)
Steve Arguello .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jeff Barnes .... executive producer: ComputerCafe (uncredited)
Nicolas Bonnell .... visual effects producer: BUF (uncredited)
Alex Boothby .... visual effects compositor: Toybox (uncredited)
Francois Boudaille .... digital artist: BUF (uncredited)
J. André Chaintreuil .... pre-visualization documentarist: Pixel Liberation Front (uncredited)
Jon Cowley .... visual effects animator: Toybox (uncredited)
Andrea D'Amico .... visual effects producer: R!OT Pictures (uncredited)
Phil Dakin .... 3D animator: ToyBox (uncredited)
Mark Davies .... 3D animator: ToyBox (uncredited)
Valerie Delahaye .... visual effects producer: BUF (uncredited)
Domenic DiGiorgio .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Jeremy Dineen .... visual effects animator: Toybox (uncredited)
Christophe Dupuis .... digital artist: BUF (uncredited)
David Ebner .... compositor: ComputerCafe (uncredited)
Leif Einarsson .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
Kenn Elliott .... HD colourist (uncredited)
Jay Field .... compositor (uncredited)
Derek Fisher .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
Adam Francis .... motion control technician (uncredited)
Fabrice Garulli .... digital artist: BUF (uncredited)
Paul C. George .... digital effects 3D animator: Toybox (uncredited)
Mark Goldberg .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Jeff Goldman .... animator: ComputerCafe (uncredited)
Jeff Goldman .... compositor: ComputerCafe (uncredited)
Adrian Graham .... 3D technical director: Toybox (uncredited)
Kevin Tod Haug .... visual effects unit director (uncredited)
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lu Kondor .... data manager: The Post Group (uncredited)
Laurent Lavigne .... pre-visualization designer (uncredited)
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Roger Loftis .... visual effects (uncredited)
Zachary V. Lowe .... computer animator (uncredited)
Chad Malbon .... digital film coordinator (uncredited)
Kevin McVey .... digital effects (uncredited)
Rob Menapace .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
Lon Molnar .... sequence supervisor: Toybox (uncredited)
Jaime Norman .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Eric Pascarelli .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician (uncredited)
Hans Pfleiderer .... digital effects artist / previz (uncredited)
Eddy Richard .... digital artist: BUF (uncredited)
Andy Robinson .... Inferno artist: Toybox (uncredited)
Guillaume Rocheron .... modeler: BUF (uncredited)
Geoff D.E. Scott .... senior 3D animator: Toybox (uncredited)
Jason Snea .... compositor: Toybox (uncredited)
Rob Stauffer .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
Klaus Steden .... visual effects systems integrator: Toybox (uncredited)
Alexander L. Stephan .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Jeff Sturgill .... first assistant cameraman (uncredited)
Mark Thomas-Stubbs .... digital artist: Toybox (uncredited)
Alexander Vegh .... previsualization consultant (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr .... digital artist: R!OT Pictures (uncredited)
PeiPei Alena Yuan .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Brewer .... stunts (as Charles Brewer)
Kevin Derr .... stunts
Lanier Edwards .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts (as Andrew W. Epper)
Thirl Haston .... stunts (as Thirl R. Haston)
John Hateley .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
Rachel Parsons .... stunts
Darrin Prescott .... stunts
Todd Schneider .... stunts
Jill Stokesberry .... stunts
Pete Turner .... stunts
Chris Carnel .... stunts (uncredited)
Rachel Parsons .... stunt double: Kristen Stewart (uncredited)
Pete Turner .... stunt double: Patrick Bauchau (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John T. Connor .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Doug Cowden .... key grip
Brandon M. Cox .... camera loader (as Brandon Cox)
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray de la Motte)
Douglas A. Degrazzio .... video playback supervisor: 24-frame (as Douglas A. DeGrazzio)
Rick Dungan .... video playback technician: 24-frame (as Richard J. Dungan)
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Hadland .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Mark D. Hadland)
Scott Hammer .... video assist operator
Ian Kincaid .... chief lighting technician (as Ian R. Kincaid)
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Matthew Nelson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
Walter Royle .... best boy grip
Danny Stephens .... dolly grip
Robert Baird .... camera intern (uncredited)
Chris Bangma .... technician: Libra remote head (uncredited)
Bruce Byall .... grip (uncredited)
Kyle Carden .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Cuevas .... second assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Jeff Cutter .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Tracy Estes .... electric rigging crew (uncredited)
Dominik Feller .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David Ghegan .... best boy electric: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel Hanych .... first assistant camera: insert unit (uncredited)
Wilfried Jeanblanc .... video operator (uncredited)
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Seth Kotok .... second assistant camera: insert unit (uncredited)
Karl Linde .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Clement Lush .... tape operator (uncredited)
Bill-Brady Majors .... grip (uncredited)
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Michael K. O'Melia .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Christopher Prampin .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Pablo Santiago-Brandwein .... grip (uncredited)
Andrew Shulkind .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Igor Srubshchik .... video playback operator: New York (uncredited)
Adam Sudtell .... grip (uncredited)
H. Mark Vuille .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Jarred Waldron .... gaffer: additional unit (uncredited)
Chris Weigand .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christie Cean George .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting: loop group
Sande Alessi .... extras casting (uncredited)
Kristan Berona .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Anderson .... costumer
Scott R. Hankins .... costumer (as Scott Hankins)
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Meg Matthews .... costumer: Ms. Foster (as Marguerite Matthews)
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stephen Nakamura .... digital color timer
Alex Olivares .... assistant editor
John Venzon .... assistant editor
Robert Hugh Ellis .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
David Zevin .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Ramiro Belgardt .... music editor
Jim Bruening .... picture analysis
Mark Curry .... scoring engineer (as Mark E. Curry)
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
David Gleeson .... music co-producer
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
John Klepko .... music editor
John Kurlander .... scoring engineer
Michael Tremante .... music co-producer
Mark Willsher .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Grimace Boyer .... conductor (uncredited)
David Geoffrey Gleeson .... music co-producer (uncredited)
Jeff Grace .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Kevin Mahonchak .... music preparation (uncredited)
Carl Rydlund .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Preece .... transportation captain
Richard West .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Alison Anne Abrohams .... assistant: Mr. Fincher
Billy Bonifield .... production assistant: re-shoots, Los Angeles
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher
Jason Cox .... production assistant
Carlos P. Cunha .... production assistant
Petter Eldin .... production assistant
Yuri Everson .... puppeteer
Steve Frakes .... puppeteer
Alec Gillis .... puppeteer
Orlando R. Gonzales .... assistant production coordinator
Daren Hicks .... production coordinator
Stephen B. Howard .... production assistant
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service (as Michael Kehoe)
Janice Naehu .... assistant: Mr. Koepp
Erin O'Donnell .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Scott Puckett .... production secretary
Mike Revell .... production accountant (as Michael J. Revell)
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor (as Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez)
Robert W. Sanders .... medic
Todd Skaggs .... production assistant (as Robert Todd Skaggs)
Kathryn Watkins .... production assistant (as Katie Watkins)
John 'Magic' Wright .... craft service (as John Wright)
Kirsten Anderson .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Beth Avery .... location assistant (uncredited)
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator (uncredited)
George Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Castaldi .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Connor .... assistant: Mr. Whitaker (uncredited)
Maryann C. Contrubis .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Joni Cuquet .... field publicist (uncredited)
Alison Flierl .... assistant: Judy Hofflund (uncredited)
Cliff Fuller .... assistant production office coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Samantha C. Kirkeby .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Craig Nix .... assistant crane operator: Technocrane (uncredited)
Andrea O'Connor .... production assistant (uncredited)
Greg Outcalt .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Wayne Petrocelli .... security: Jodie Foster (uncredited)
Wayne Petrucelli .... security: Ms. Foster (uncredited)
Sara Solomon Johnson .... stand-in: Kristen Stewart (uncredited)
Mai-Khanh Ta .... payroll accountant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Sara Tune .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alexander Vegh .... consultant: pre-visualization (uncredited)
Andrew Yeo .... location scout (uncredited)
Gary Handel .... special thanks
Joe Wolcott .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence and language
112 min | Spain:113 min
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Darius Khondji quit the production after several weeks as cinematographer to be replaced by Conrad W. Hall. Director David Fincher later admitted that he micro-managed Khondji and didn't allow him to fully take part in the decision-making process.See more »
Continuity: It is clearly raining outside, yet when Burnham is in the house, he is completely dry.See more »
Lydia Lynch:[First Lines] I wrote it all down: 4,200 square feet, four floors. Perfect. Courtyard in back, south-facing garden. Perfect.
Meg:Shouldn't we just wait for the car service?
Lydia Lynch:No, we'll sit in traffic forever.
Meg:Is that the listing sheet?
Lydia Lynch:There is no listing sheet. I heard about it this morning. It'll be gone by this afternoon.
Meg:Well, how many more after this one.
Lydia Lynch:None. You know how tight the market is.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fincher's often derided thriller demands repeat viewings., 12 June 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah, move into a vast Brownstone home, this place is unique because it has a panic room, a room of safety from where no intruders can gain access. Sure enough on their first night in their new home, they are forced to flee to the room as three intruders break in to the house, but trouble is is that what the intruders want is in the panic room itself.

From the off we know that Panic Room is going to be oozing David Fincher stylishness, the opening credits sprawled across the Manhattan skyscrape like advertising billboards, perfectly set the tone for the movie to follow. I personally think that following on from the harshness and ingenuity of Fight Club, many were surprised at the simplicity of Panic Room's structure, this is after all a straight forward cat and mousery thriller set in one foreboding building. Yet Fincher gains much claustrophobia from such a large building setting, managing to rack up the tension in every reel. Yet the film, in spite of the oppressive nature of the story, never sits still either. The action kicks in from the off and thru a series of devilish stunts, it continues thru to the pulse raising finale.

The David Koepp screenplay does not seem dark enough on the first viewing, because some of the interplay between the three intruders is actually jocular, but it never loses sight of its thriller heart. Subsequent revisits to the film reveal it to be a tightly constructed character piece, in what is practically a five character story. The real winner in that department is Jodie Foster's Meg Altman, it would have been easy for the character to be ground out as some super heroine, with death defying feats of courage masking her out as wonder woman, but Fincher has her pure and simply as a resourceful human being, fiercely maternal and strong and intelligent she may be, but at her core she remains fallible, and with that she becomes believable. The other big plus point in the film is Fincher's use of the house, where his camera glides about like a phantom, a ghostly observer to the unfolding proceedings. In and out of locks and coffee pots, up and down stairs, and tracking the movements of the intruders, Fincher isn't showing off, he's putting us the viewer into the mix as well.

Cast are very good, Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and a surprisingly potent Dwight Yoakam all come together very well under Fincher's watchful eye, whilst young Kristen Stewart as Sarah puts much emotive heart into a role that could so easily have been too syrupy approaching the final act. Yes it's fair to say that one has to suspend disbelief, this is after all a home invasion thriller following a true course, but in Fincher's hands it rises above cliché to thrive on atmospherics and character dynamics. Well put together and big on ticking time bomb tension, Panic Room gets better on repeat viewings. 8/10

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