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Saw -- With a dead body laying between them, two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw" by the police because of his unusual calling card.

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Director:
Writers:
Leigh Whannell (written by)
James Wan (story) ...
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Release Date:
29 October 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Death is a shortcut (Denmark) See more »
Plot:
With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The game begins See more (1474 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
James Wan 
 
Writing credits
Leigh Whannell (written by)

James Wan (story) and
Leigh Whannell (story)

Produced by
Lark Bernini .... associate producer
Peter Block .... executive producer
Mark Burg .... producer
Jason Constantine .... executive producer
Daniel J. Heffner .... co-producer (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
Gregg Hoffman .... producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Richard H. Prince .... co-producer
Stacey Testro .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Charlie Clouser 
 
Cinematography by
David A. Armstrong (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Greutert 
 
Casting by
Amy Lippens 
 
Production Design by
Julie Berghoff 
 
Art Direction by
Nanet Harty 
 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Soulages  (as Jennifer Soulages)
 
Makeup Department
Kashka Banjoko .... hair stylist: Mr. Glover
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist: Mr. Glover (as Scott Eddo)
Michelle Rene Elam .... key hair stylist (as Michelle Elam Torres)
Rocky Faulkner .... prosthetics makeup
Richard Redlefsen .... assistant prosthetics makeup artist
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Richard H. Prince .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel J. Heffner .... first assistant director (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
Alexa Sheehan .... second assistant director (as Alexa 'Squirrel' Motley)
 
Art Department
Luis A. Arevalos .... swing gang (as Luis Arevalos)
Jake Blecha .... swing gang (as Jacob Blecha)
Jill Bream .... daily art department assistant
Bill Davis .... property master
Timothy Feimster .... carpenter
Glenn Fields .... lead construction (as Glenn 'Fuzzy' Fields)
Amy Frederick .... prop buyer
Christopher Haley .... scenic painter
Jonah Markowitz .... graphics designer
Erin McKenna .... lead scenic artist
Kelly Morrison .... art production assistant (as Kelly Kilgo)
Chuck Radtke .... art production intern
Summer Ramsey .... scenic artist
Jeffrey Reyes .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Reyes .... props
Adam Saltzberg .... art department assistant (as Chris Saltzberg)
Amy Sanders .... scenic artist
Brook Shafer .... on-set dresser
Christopher Skeels .... swing gang
Joshua Towers .... swing gang
Scott Wheately .... scenic artist
Ronny Wormser .... swing gang (as Ron Wormser)
 
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Mike Brownsher .... editorial assistant
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jerry Gilbert .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Hinkley .... post-production sound recordist
Jonathan Miller .... sound designer
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Speed Ratliff .... boom operator
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Damien Seckinger .... assistant foley editor
John Taylor .... sound mixer (as John C. Taylor)
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Evan T. Chen .... additional ADR cueing (uncredited)
Wendy Czajkowsky .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kerry Tracy .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects assistant
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects supervisor (as Tom Bellissimo)
Brad Hardin .... body fabrication supervisor: Optic Nerve Studios
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Allan .... optical compositor
Mark Allan .... visual effects coordinator
Martin Avitia .... optical compositor
Robert Beebe .... digital artist
Derek Bird .... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects line producer: THDX (as Josh Comen)
Catherine Ferrez .... digital artist
Brian Fortenberry .... optical line-up
David Hayes .... digital lineup (as Dave Hayes)
Alex Kravets .... optical line-up
David Fred Masselink .... lead compositor
Andrew Midgley .... visual effects producer
Mike Ocoboc .... digital compositor
Marlo Pabon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Keith Adams .... stunt coordinator
Mocean Melvin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Baldi .... second assistant camera
Brandon Cunningham .... best boy electric
Oscar Garcia .... key grip
Greg Gayne .... still photographer
Martin Glover .... video assist operator
Chris Gordon .... grip
Josh Harrison .... first assistant camera
David Katz .... video playback operator
Thomas Kuo .... electrician (as Tom Kuo)
Yaron Levy .... gaffer (as Yron Levy)
John Loveall .... best boy grip
Jon Myers .... camera operator
Jon Myers .... crane operator
Bill Persaud .... rigging grip
Jeremy Quinlan .... grip
Aaron Schuh .... second assistant camera
Ray Skinner .... electrician (as L. Ray Skinner)
Michael Steffen .... dolly grip
Andy Steinman .... director of photography: second unit
Dean Tapia .... video assist operator
Lisa Villaire .... camera loader
Vinny Walsh .... grip
James Pat Whelan .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Lisa S. Beasley .... extras casting
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina DeMasi .... costumer
Kathleen Russo .... costume supervisor (as Kathy Russo)
 
Editorial Department
John Coniglio .... assistant editor
Ian Elias .... post-production assistant
Scott Hammel .... assistant editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
 
Music Department
Cameron Allan .... music editor
Charlie Clouser .... score performer
Robert Cross .... score performer: additional sounds
Peter Freeman .... musician: bass scrapes
Eric Gorfain .... music arranger: strings
Page Hamilton .... musician: guitar
Joel C. High .... music executive
Danny Lohner .... musician: guitar
Jonathan Scott Miller .... music supervisor
Jonathan Scott Miller .... soundtrack producer
Jonathan Platt .... music supervisor
Jonathan Platt .... soundtrack producer
Chas Smith .... musician: exotic instruments
Stew Song .... music supervisor
Stew Song .... soundtrack producer
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Karen T. Bolt .... assistant: Mr. Glover (as Karen Bolt)
Mary Chamberlin .... film scheduler
Vicky Choy .... production coordinator
Chad Cole .... assistant: Mr. Koules & Mr. Burg
Samuel V. Franco .... radio programmer and spots
Alex Franklin .... development executive
Laura Gary .... teacher
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Sherry Kecskes .... assistant accountant
Jonathan Leeder .... assistant to producer
Joni Lefkowitz .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Tory Mell .... set production assistant (as Tory Ireland Mell)
Kelly Morrison .... production intern (as Kelly Kilgo)
Monica Muehlhause-Horn .... production accountant
Pascual Romero .... promotional consultant
Alexis Ross .... production assistant
Michael G. Sarno .... production assistant (as Mike Sarno)
Kenny Selko .... key set production assistant
Tricia Sherwood .... craft service
Perry Suppa .... film scheduler
Michael Toll .... dailies assistant
Andrew Wilson .... consigliere
Abigail Rose Wysocki .... production assistant (as Abigail Kirk)
Alexander J. Wysocki .... production assistant (as Alexander Wysocki)
Maribel Zuno .... production intern
Robert Beebe .... title designer (uncredited)
Jack Venturo .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Austin Lander .... very special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence (original rating)
Runtime:
103 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | France:16 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (cut version) | Greece:K-17 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | India:A (cinema release) | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18SG (DVD rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut DVD version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In post-production, James Wan discovered that he didn't have enough shots or takes to fill out most of his scenes. So he and editor Kevin Greutert created their own filler shots by doctoring some of them to make them look as if they were filmed through a surveillance camera.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Adam:Help! Someone help me! Is someone there? Hey! Oh shit, I'm probably dead.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream XXX: A Porn Parody (2011) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Make Me Feel So DeadSee more »

FAQ

What is Jigsaw's game?
What is "Saw" about?
Who is Amanda's 'cell mate'?
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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The game begins, 3 November 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Not since Se7en's John Doe has there been a serial killer with such a bizarre philosophy behind his actions (not that Jigsaw actually kills anyone; more on that later). Sure, in light of the increasingly deteriorating sequels it's hard to think of Saw as little more than a franchise- starter (something the writer and director never planned), but viewed on its own, astonishing merits, it's a good, nasty thriller, filled with solid scares and (especially compared to the follow-ups) quite well written.

According to the film's notorious back-story, it took only 28 days to shoot it. Not that strange, given most of the action takes place in just two locations: one is a bathroom where Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) fins themselves with their feet chained to the wall, with no recollection whatsoever of how the hell they got there; the other is the lair of the mysterious Jigsaw, a serial killer whom Detectives Sing (Ken Leung) and Trapp (Danny Glover) have been tracking down for weeks.

The two facts are linked in a most ingenious way: Jigsaw doesn't really kill anyone, but "plays a game" with his victims. In the case of Adam and Dr. Gordon, as the tape recorder found in a dead man's hand tells them, each of them has two hours to free himself and kill the other, or they will both die. Problem is, the only way to get rid of the chains is to saw your foot off. And so, while the two unfortunate cell-mates have to choose who gets to live (that's Jigsaw's perverse logic: he offers you a choice), the police close in on the elusive psycho, whose previous deeds and MO are shown in flashbacks.

Whereas the subsequent Saw films use the messy chronology just for the hell of it (though they do get away with some neat narrative tweaks thanks to it), the first installment takes advantage of its non-linear storytelling to increase the suspense and provide some valuable clues to how everything fits together. It is to James Wan and co-writer Whannell's eternal credit that they, like Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker, went beyond slasher clichés and came up with something more. Okay, so Saw's philosophical undertones aren't entirely original, but what the heck, they do manage to keep the audience interested in what's going on. In addition, adding a little more depth to the killer ensures that the movie's more gruesome parts (and there are a lot of them) don't come off as gratuitous bloodletting (for an example of the latter, look no further than the countless sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday 13th).

Furthermore, the intelligence behind the film's structure might also have had a positive effect on the performances, given the acting is more convincing here than in most post-2000 shockers: Elwes and Whannell's desperation is conveyed with an intensity that's almost too painful to behold, Glover plays the aging cop role resisting the temptation to do a Lethal Weapon in-joke (you know, the "too old for this sh*t" gag) and when Jigsaw himself appears... well, it's the horror equivalent of Keyser Soze - chilling and impossible to forget (and, for once, not played by Kevin Spacey). Just like the movie.

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