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Saw (2004)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  29 October 2004 (USA)
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Would you kill to live? When a madman tries to teach how much life is worth, two men find themselves in a room with no idea how they got there or why they're there.



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After waking up in a tiny cell, two men find themselves victim of a serial killer who plays games with his victims and gives them one last chance to survive. If they wish to live, they each have to play their own game as the killer has told them on an audio script. As the film goes on, connections between the victims and the true identity of the never-showed-up killer are revealed. Written by J. S. Golden

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Horror | Mystery

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)


$172,993 (South Africa) (8 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Danny Glover completed all his scenes in just two days. See more »


When Adam first remembers what happened before he was kidnapped, we see him making his way back to his apartment after snapping photos of Dr. Gordon. The camera Adam has slung over his shoulder changes from scene to scene. In the hallway outside the apartment, Adam has a black camera with a long lens and a mounted flash unit. As he enters the apartment, he's got a silver camera that appears to have a very short lens and no mounted flash. Once inside, he's got the black camera with long lens and mounted flash again. 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 »


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Performed by Front Line Assembly
Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber
Published by Nettwerk Songs Publishing (SOCAN) / Zomba Songs, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Metropolis Records
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User Reviews

Sicko movie, Go!
31 January 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A sicko movie whose nastiness is almost topped by its weirdness...so obviously any true horror fan worth their salt needs to seek it out! The story is about a surgeon and a photographer who wake up and to find themselves shackled at opposite ends of a nasty-looking toilet. Don't want to say too much but plenty of ugliness ensues. This movie has the perfect mix of scares and a really bizarre plot. The movie's got a decent budget for an indie horror (a little over a million, i think) but it's pretty small for a film that got such a big release. I hear it made a "killing" at the box office, so TAKE NOTICE Hollywood! People want to see this stuff. Go!

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