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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.
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 best thriller in years See more (1471 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 .... 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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (5.1 surround)
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:
Leigh Whannell and James Wan confirm that when Adam begins to smash Zepp with the toilet lid, Leigh Whannell is actually hitting a garbage bag full of fake blood.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: After the first call Dr. Gordon gets on the cell phone, a boom mic shadow is visible on the bathroom door.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Adam:Help! Someone help me! Is someone there? Hey! Oh shit, I'm probably dead.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bite the Hand That BleedsSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What is Jigsaw's game?
What is "Saw" about?
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150 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
The best thriller in years, 6 March 2005
Author: Superunknovvn from Austria, Vienna

Since "Nattevagten" I have not seen a thriller that has kept me on the edge of my seat as well as "Saw". Right from the beginning this original story sucks you in and doesn't let you go until the very end. Thrillers as gripping as this one have become extremely rare in times like these, where people have seen almost everything and can guess any twist during the first half of the movie. With "Saw" James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the creative heads behind this project, set new standards. Think you're hard-boiled? Think again and watch "Saw", a movie that will creep you out and surprise you beyond your expectations.

"Saw" has been advertised as the new "Se7en" and while both movies are definitely in the same tradition, "Saw" does a much better job at actually being creepy. Jigsaw is the most gruesome killer the cinema has seen in a loooong time. Wan and Whannel really came up with a monster that has no peer. Where many movies drift into ridiculousness trying to establish the villain as an almost superhuman evil being, "Saw" does never get anywhere near that trap. Sure, the cops are depicted way too stupid and the killer is unrealistically smart, outshining each and every opponent with his perfect plans, but hey, "Se7en" and "Silence Of The Lambs" didn't care too much about realism, either, did they?

"Saw" does have some flaws. Those sped-up tracking shots have just been used too many times by now, the structure of the script is weird and jumps from one period of time to another, some characters' lines are a bit clichéd. However, considering that this movie was made in only 18 days by two independent filmmakers with literally no budget at all, it's really inappropriate to be petty about technical subtleties, when Wan and Whannel came up with such an original and stirring movie.

I can't remember the last time I've been surprised by a movie's final twist, but "Saw" has an ending that I didn't see coming at all. This thriller is the most original piece of independent film-making since "Cube". I'm really looking forward to seeing how Wan and Whannell's career develops after this fine sleeper.

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