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Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.



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Two men wake up at opposite sides of a dirty, disused bathroom, chained by their ankles to pipes. Between them lies a dead man loosely clutching a hand-held tape player and a handgun. Each finds a tape for the player in their back pocket. They play the tapes. One is threatened, the other isn't. But they have a task: One must kill the other by 6:00, or his wife and daughter will die. They find hacksaws in a toilet, and try to cut the chains, but it doesn't work. They are the two newest victims of the Jigsaw Killer. In a flashback, we learn of Amanda, a girl who falls victim to the Jigsaw Killer. On her head is a mask, which is hooked into her lower jaw. There is a timer on it. Only one key will unlock it, and that key is in the digestive tract of her cell mate who lies paralyzed on the opposite side of the room. If she doesn't unlock the mask in time, her lower jaw will be ripped wide open. She survives, but her cell mate doesn't. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn of more ... Written by Aurabesh corrected by Paul P

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Live or die. Make your choice. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juego del miedo  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,239,813 (UK) (1 October 2004)


$55,153,403 (USA) (24 December 2004)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the official SAW website, in a still image used in one of the flash scenes, Adam's last name is "Faulkner". However, it was revealed in Saw V (2008) that Adam's last name was Stanheight, as indicated by a document observed by Agent Strahm. See more »


In the car chase scene, Zep is seen driving a late 1980's Ford Bronco II (could be a Ranger pickup because we only see the front). When he arrives at the warehouse, the truck has changed to an early 1990s Ford F-150. See more »


[first lines]
Adam: Help! Someone help me! Is someone there? Hey! Oh shit, I'm probably dead.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title ripples like it was underwater. See more »


References Trainspotting (1996) See more »


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User Reviews

Well made horror/thriller, two thumbs up
10 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

When two men, wake up and find themselves chained to a bathroom pipe, with a dead body lying in between them, they soon realize that they are prisoners, in the secure lair of a serial killer, nicknamed 'Jigsaw'.

This film was, in my opinion, exciting, thrilling, and an overall entertaining film to watch. It delivered the necessary chills, to keep its audiences fully awake, and engaged. This was an enormous achievement for Aussie newcomers – James Wan, and Leigh Wannell. The two have created a well-deserved horror/thriller, without the necessary clichés.The film is not too scary that it becomes unwatchable, so the full potential of its enormity will not be missed. definitely two thumbs uo for me.

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