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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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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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Did You Know?


Leigh Whannell mentions in the DVD commentary that the scene where his character plunges his hand down a filthy toilet is a tribute to Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996). See more »


When Detective Sing first enters the warehouse through the door, he's holding the shotgun left handed. However in the next scene, he changes to hold it right handed. 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 »


You Make Me Feel So Dead
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Written by Stephen Ladd Bishop, Charles Todd Conally and Don Van Stavern
Published by Dimension Gate Music (BMI)/FEC Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
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I loved it
10 February 2005 | by (U.S.A) – See all my reviews

Movies like Saw are the ones that makes us believe in the horror genre. It is because of such movies we like to see horror/thriller movies. Let me tell you that after watching Saw I wanted to buy the ticket and watch it again because after a long time I got to see a real gripping and tightly directed horror movie. The movie is very exciting and has a lot of goosebumps. However, if you are a faint of heart please do not see this movie as it has a lot of gore/violence in it which will make you jump out of your seat. I just can't wait for the DVD to come out as I really want to buy it. My recommendation to all of you is to watch Saw and have a good time like I did. Also, the movie has a great twist. 10/10

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