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Jigsaw kidnaps a doctor to keep him alive while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky citizen through a brutal test. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Tobin Bell ... Jigsaw / John Kramer

Shawnee Smith ... Amanda Young

Angus Macfadyen ... Jeff

Bahar Soomekh ... Lynn Denlon

Donnie Wahlberg ... Eric Matthews

Dina Meyer ... Kerry

Leigh Whannell ... Adam

Mpho Koaho ... Tim

Barry Flatman ... Judge Halden

Lyriq Bent ... Rigg

J. LaRose ... Troy (as J Larose)

Debra McCabe ... Danica (as Debra Lynne McCabe)

Costas Mandylor ... Forensic Hoffman

Betsy Russell ... Jill

Jane Luk ... Nurse - Emergency Room
Stefan Georgiou ... Dylan

Niamh Wilson ... Corbett

Alan Van Sprang ... Chris

Kim Roberts ... Deborah

Brian Paul ... Doctor #1
Zoe Heath ... Female Forensic
Billy Parrott ... Male Nurse

Dylan Trowbridge ... Paramedic

Franky G ... Xavier - Dead
Kelly Jones ... SWAT Member Pete

Vincent Rother ... SWAT Member Joe

Nicholas Kaegi ... Young Boy
Mark Poyser ... Gun Shot Victim (as Marc Poyser)

Tim Burd ... Obi (as Timothy Burd)
Dan Sudek ... Aftermath Cop
Bill Vibert ... Cop

Sandy Kellerman ... Additional Voice Talent (voice)

Shauna Black ... Additional Voice Talent (voice)

Sean Sullivan ... Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Larry Yachimec ... Additional Voice Talent (voice)

Darrell Dennis ... Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Christopher Marren ... Additional Voice Talent (voice) (as Chris Marren)

Directed by
Darren Lynn Bousman 
Writing credits
Leigh Whannell (story) and
James Wan (story)

Leigh Whannell (screenplay)

Produced by
Troy Begnaud .... associate producer
Peter Block .... executive producer
Mark Burg .... producer
Jason Constantine .... executive producer
Greg Copeland .... co-producer
Daniel J. Heffner .... executive producer (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
Gregg Hoffman .... producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Stacey Testro .... executive producer
James Wan .... executive producer
Leigh Whannell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charlie Clouser 
Cinematography by
David A. Armstrong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Greutert 
Casting by
Stephanie Gorin 
Production Design by
David Hackl 
Art Direction by
Anthony A. Ianni  (as Anthony Ianni)
Set Decoration by
Liesl Deslauriers 
Costume Design by
Alex Kavanagh 
Makeup Department
Rachel Affolter .... assistant makeup artist
Damon Bishop .... prosthetics assistant
Chris Bridges .... prosthetics assistant
François Dagenais .... prosthetics makeup (as Francois Dagenais)
Sarah Fairbairn .... key makeup artist
Kyle Glencross .... prosthetics assistant
Stephanie Ingram .... key hair stylist
Pamela Mills .... assistant hair stylist
Neil Morrill .... prosthetics assistant (as Neil Morril)
Production Management
W. Michael Beard .... post-production supervisor
Greg Copeland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yolanda Graci .... first assistant director: second unit
Yolanda Graci .... second assistant director
David Hackl .... second unit director
Dominika Jurek .... third assistant director
David C. Malcolm .... third assistant director (as David Malcolm)
Elizabeth Scherberger .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sam Agro .... storyboard artist
Rachel Blair-Johns .... painter
Rosalee Board .... buyer
Jeff Burden .... carpenter
Carlo Cesta .... painter
Steven Ciancamerla .... swing gang
Frank Croft .... painter
Jeff Flint .... carpenter (as Geoff Flint)
Brian Fowler .... head carpenter
Tim Franklin .... painter
John Galbraith .... key scenic painter
Bruce Graydon .... carpenter
Jeff Graydon .... on set carpenter
Dwight Hendrickson .... first assistant art director
Rob Hepburn .... buyer
Matthew Howlett .... buyer
Matthew Howlett .... lead man
Chris Kahn .... carpenter
Grant Kilroy .... carpenter
Takashi Komai .... carpenter
Sylvia Lange .... painter
Ron Lightfoot .... construction coordinator
Jason Lunn .... set dresser
Brent McGillivray .... first assistant art director
Brent McGillivray .... set designer
Bradley McInnis .... painter
Mario Moreira .... assistant property master
Mario Moreira .... property master: second unit
Mario Moreira .... props buyer
James R. Murray .... property master (as Jim Murray)
Zoran Naumovski .... head scenic painter (as Zoran 'Cook' Naumovski)
Ryan O'Connell .... assistant carpenter
Enrique Patritti .... painter
Tereza Radman .... construction
Tereza Radman .... paint administrator
Patrice Roy .... painter
Larry Saunders .... on set painter
Sean Scoffield .... second assistant art director
Karl Stensrud .... labourer
Ercidio Tamayo .... painter
Derek Taylor .... painter
Mark Taylor .... carpenter
Tom Thompson .... on set dresser (as Tommy Thompson)
Alejandro Torres .... painter
Blythe Tsuji-Carr .... painter
Gregory Vatcher .... labourer (as Greg Vatcher)
Richelle Wilks .... art department trainee
Michael Zaharuk .... painter
Joe Zeiney .... swing gang (as Joe Zelney)
Paul Accadia .... carpenter (uncredited)
Anthony Pearce .... conceptual illustrator (uncredited)
Monique Roy .... set buyer (uncredited)
Adam Smith .... specialty prop fabricator (uncredited)
Cherie Spencer .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist (as Steven J. Baine)
Jeremy Balko .... additional adr mixer: Sonic Magic
Tom Bjelic .... sound effects editor
Roberta Bratti .... project manager: sound
Keith Elliott .... re-recording mixer: Deluxe
Allan Fung .... dialogue editor
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Gould .... sound operator: Deluxe
Jason Hopfner .... boom operator
John Laing .... dialogue editor
Benoit Leduc .... modulations
Jamie Lucas .... sound operator: Deluxe
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Michael Paterson .... optical track recordist
Rick Penn .... sound mixer
Jason Perreira .... sound operator: Deluxe
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
James Robb .... assistant sound editor (as Jimmy Robb)
John Douglas Smith .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Tay .... re-recording mixer: Deluxe
Gina Wark .... foley assistant
Mark Zsifkovits .... re-recording mixer: Deluxe
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Marilee Yorston .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sean Armstrong .... key special effects
Jason Ehl .... props builder: animatronics
Tim Good .... special effects coordinator
A. Scott Hamilton .... special props build: Grand Unified Theories (as Scott Hamilton)
Maya Kulenovic .... special props build: Grand Unified Theories
Jasmine Gorett Vala .... first assistant special effects (as Gorett Vala)
Damon Bishop .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Derek Bujalski .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... senior CGI artist: Switch VFX
Don Asido .... data manager: Switch VFX
Christine Barclay .... dustbuster
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor: Switch VFX
Peter Denomme .... visual effects producer: Switch VFX
Amir Eftekhari .... compositor: Switch VFX
Genevieve Forte .... dustbuster
Gudrun Heinze .... senior digital artist: Switch VFX
Lisa Hemeon .... opening titles producer: Spin
Daniel J. Kelly .... opening title designer: Spin (as Dan Kelly)
Louis Kim .... compositor: Switch VFX
Yoga Kurniawan .... video playback compositor
Jef Lonn .... compositor: Switch VFX
Mag Sarnowska .... dustbuster
Mike Spicer .... designer: Spin
Geoff Wigmore .... compositor: Switch VFX
Bernadette Couture .... dustbuster (uncredited)
Amir Eftekhari .... matte painter: Switch VFX (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title (uncredited)
C.J. Fidler .... stunt double: Lynn (as C.J. Lusby)
Cotton Mather .... stunt double: Jeff
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Alison Reid .... stunt double: Amanda
Bryan Renfro .... stunt double: Judge Halden
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Beaulieu .... second assistant camera
Peter Bowman .... playback operator
Jan Brunton .... video assist operator
Ira Cohen .... gaffer
John Couto .... best boy electrician (as John Docouto)
Stephen Crone .... video assist operator
Paul Dias .... electrician
Robert Dias .... electrician (as Roberto Dias)
Greg Gayne .... videographer
Brian Gedge .... camera operator
Joey Jones .... grip (as Joseph Jones)
Kevin Michael LeBlanc .... first assistant camera (as Kevin LeBlanc)
Robin Lopes .... grip (as Rob Lopes)
Paolo Perin .... best boy grip
David Perkins .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Perkins .... camera operator: second unit
Roger Playter .... grip and lighting equipment: William F. White
Yuri Sandler .... key grip: second unit
Ronald Schlueter .... playback operator (as Ronald Schleuter)
Ernest Spiteri .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Ernie Spiteri)
Ernest Spiteri .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Ernie Spiteri)
Darren Spriet .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Darren Spriet .... second assistant camera: second unit
Craig Stewart .... dolly grip
John Stubbings .... technocrane operator
Christopher J. Toudy .... key grip (as Christopher Toudy)
Bill White .... grip and lighting equipment: William F. White
Steve Wilkie .... still photographer
Mike Williams .... second assistant camera
Jordan Willoughby .... camera trainee
Ramesh Yogendran .... electrician (as Yogendran Ramesh)
Ramesh Yogendran .... gaffer: second unit (as Yogedran Ramesh)
Dennis Daigle .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jeremy Settles .... camera operator: segments (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Kathleen Howell .... casting associate (uncredited)
Misha Rasaiah .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Karen Williams .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Eppstadt .... key costume breakdown artist
Les Handrahan .... costume coordinator
Leslie Kavanagh .... wardrobe set supervisor
Stephanie Lees .... assistant costume designer
Angela Mary-Gardner .... wardrobe buyer (as Angela Mary Gardner)
Editorial Department
Gary Brown .... project manager: picture
Diane Brunjes .... first assistant editor
Chris Dover .... color timer: dailies
Nick Iannelli .... digital intermediate producer
Ahmad Ismail .... additional editing & opticals
Trevor Lewis .... data film operator
Chris Lohbrunner .... post-production: Lionsgate
Chris MacKenzie .... additional editing & opticals
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutter: Exact Cut
Arthur Montreuil .... lab timer (as Art Montreuil)
Dave Muscat .... additional editing & opticals
Nick Paulozza .... data film supervisor
Valoen Power .... post-production: Lionsgate
Ryan Ruskay .... color timer: dailies
Danny St. Pierre .... post-production: Lionsgate
Peter Tokarsky .... special courier: LA
Chris Wallace .... supervising digital intermediate colorist
Bob Wenokur .... post-production: Lionsgate
Paul Whitehead .... additional assistant editor
James Yazbeck .... telecine suite operator
Motassem Younes .... digital intermediate editor
Music Department
Wes Borland .... additional score performer
Charlie Clouser .... music mixer
Charlie Clouser .... music recordist
Charlie Clouser .... score performer
Peter Freeman .... additional score performer
Eric Gorfain .... music arranger: strings on main theme
Paul Intson .... music editor
Danny Lohner .... additional score performer
Yvonne McDonald .... music clearances
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Jonathan Scott Miller .... music supervisor: soundtrack producer
Jonathan Platt .... music supervisor
Chas Smith .... additional score performer
Leo Busuttil .... musician (uncredited)
Peter Freeman .... music designer (uncredited)
Jim Kaufman .... soundtrack music (uncredited)
Thomas D. Mahoney .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Eddie Bowman .... transportation coordinator (as Eddie 'Shady' Bowman)
Mike Bowman .... driver
Stephen Carr .... transportation captain
Gilbert Lacasse .... driver (as Gibby Lacasse)
Dave Murray .... driver
Other crew
Dean A. Avedon .... accounting services: Twisted Pictures
Adam Bialow .... business affairs: Lionsgate
Anne Marie Boysen .... international sales: Lionsgate
Ralph Bruzzese .... location security: Concepts International
Christina Buchli .... company production counsel: Heenan Blaikie
Dorothy Burg .... travel services: Linden Travel
Lisa Burling .... script supervisor
Andrew Byrne .... security
Miguel Casillas .... marketing: Lionsgate
Chad Cole .... assistant: Mark Burg & Oren Koules
Cristin L. Cornett .... production coordinator (as Cristin L. Becker)
Kym Crepin .... production accountant
Stephanie Denton .... international sales: Lionsgate
John Doyle .... caterer: Catering by David's
Talar Drover .... stand-in
Malik Ducard .... acquisitions: Lionsgate
Ryan Eldridge .... production assistant
Yon Elvira .... marketing: Lionsgate
Stephanie Fagan .... film negative stock: Fuji Film Canada
Andrew Finch .... security
Shyama Friedenson .... marketing: Lionsgate
Sarah Greenberg .... marketing: Lionsgate
Lisa Gyorfi .... assistant production coordinator
David Heys .... security
Wendy Jaffe .... business affairs: Lionsgate
Chela Johnson .... marketing: Lionsgate
Brian Kaulback .... stand-in
Kaleigh Kavanagh .... assistant: Dan Heffner
Jane Kim .... assistant: Darren Bousman
David Kinnersly .... craft service: Star Grazing
Eda Kowan .... acquisitions: Lionsgate
Kelly Lee .... set medic
Amy Lennie .... script research: The Rights Company
Steven Lewis .... company production counsel: Heenan Blaikie
Roy London .... stand-in
Roger Lumyoung .... assistant location manager
Roger Lumyoung .... studio manager
Dahla MacKenna .... educational supervisor: Improv Care (as Dahla McKenna)
Darren Martin .... craft server
Nick Meyer .... international sales: Lionsgate (as Nicolas Meyer)
Ashleigh Millar .... craft server
David Mintz .... caterer: Catering by David's
D. Jim Mirkopoulos .... studio staff: Cinespace Studios (as Jim Mirkopoulos)
Steve Mirkopoulos .... studio staff: Cinespace Studios
Stacey Mooradian .... marketing: Lionsgate
Tracy Mulholland .... acquisitions: Lionsgate
Lama Nakib .... stand-in
Tom Ortenberg .... marketing: Lionsgate
Tim Palen .... marketing: Lionsgate
Anne Parducci .... marketing: Lionsgate
Pauline K. Quong .... payroll accountant (as Pauline Quong)
Erika Schimik .... marketing: Lionsgate
Elizabeth Kim Schwan .... international sales: Lionsgate (as Elizabeth Kim)
Sat Sidhu .... on-set tutor
John Sinopoli .... location support: Film Inc.
Carla Spizziri .... first assistant accountant
S. Corissa Stuckey .... insurance broker: AON/Ruben-Winkler Entertainment Insurance Brokers (as Corissa Stuckey)
Bob Tarantino .... company production counsel: Heenan Blaikie
Charles Taylor .... weapons wrangler: Movie Armourments Group
Will Taylor .... production assistant
Thomas Vencelides .... location manager (as Tom Vencelides)
Bill Vibert .... stand-in
Charlyn Ware .... business affairs: Lionsgate
Marvin Waxman .... physician (as Dr. Marvin Waxman)
Kris Wood .... playback coordinator
Kris Wood .... playback supervisor: Tellavision
Christopher W. Yan .... acquisitions: Lionsgate (as Christopher Yan)
Pete Nilson .... caterer (uncredited)
Al Vrkljan .... armorer (uncredited)
Laura Bousman .... special thanks
Gregg Hoffman .... dedicatee

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Rated R for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language
108 min | 114 min (unrated version) | 121 min (director's cut)
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Did You Know?

40 set-ups in 4 different locations were all achieved on the first day of shooting.See more »
Continuity: The blood pattern on Lynn's face after the shotgun collar changes from having blood on her chin to not having blood on her chin.See more »
[first lines]
Amanda:Game over.
Eric Matthews:I'll fucking kill you! You fucking bitch! You fucking bitch! I'll fucking kill you!
[screams hopelessly]
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19 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Some Useful Information for "Potential Viewers", 1 November 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Now that the Halloween ritual is over, so is the only good reason to see "Saw III" at a theatre. So here are some observations for those reading these comments while trying to decide whether they should pay good money to see the movie.

First off look at the situation objectively, by its third installment the "Saw" franchise has become what the film industry refers to as a "pre-sold" product. This means that during the pre-production phase it was known that virtually anything released to theatres with the title "Saw III" will do substantial business. For those (including myself) who enjoyed the first two, it would be a much-anticipated Halloween ritual. We would purposely not read comments or reviews (or even view trailers) to insure a completely pure viewing experience. Our tickets were essentially sold before "Saw II" had closed at our local mega-plex.

Although these economics guaranteed the production of the third installment (and apparently a fourth one), they provide no incentive for producing a film worthy of the preceding two. The original entry had to be good or suffer a "direct to video" fate, and the second benefited from (but was not over-whelmed by) a more professional production process because of its higher budget. In addition for the second one there was considerable incentive to prove that the first was not a lucky fluke.

Further red flags go up when you see that "Saw III" is using a "worldwide" saturation booking technique normally reserved for weaker blockbusters. This technique involves a lot of pre- release publicity and then opening it simultaneously in many theatres (3167 in the U.S. and thousands more worldwide). This is normally done with the goal of generating quick profits before bad reviews and word of mouth kill attendance. If a film is good it will be exhibited more discreetly because the producers are counting on positive "buzz" to promote attendance and reduce marketing costs.

Finally, the critics have overwhelmingly trashed "Saw III", even those who were extremely positive about the first two.

So as a potential (not a pre-sold viewer), you get on this site and sift through the comments to try to get a handle on the quality of the film while avoiding major spoilers; and you find an extremely divergent set of comments. My advice is to dig a little deeper into the source of the comments, click to see the comment history of each author. It is generally a good idea to give more weight to the more prolific writers-especially those whose comments about other films mirror your reactions.

In the case of "Saw III", the extremely positive (and least detailed) comments on the IMDb are almost exclusively from people for whom this is their first comment. If this seems extremely odd and if you are into conspiracy theories, you should at least consider the possibility that these are planted as part of the film's marketing campaign.

As for myself, I cannot imagine anyone who has not seen the first two films getting much enjoyment out to the third. Although there were times during the viewing process where I wished I was in this group because at least the confusion would have provided some degree of mental challenge during what turned out (IMHO) to be an extremely boring feature.

Nor would I expect anyone who did not get off on blood and gore to find this an enjoyable experience. The "Saw" films are in the horror sub-genre made famous by Dario Argneto and Mario Bava. This is called the "gialli" (yellow) style. These two Italian makers of horror/ thrillers place a huge emphasis on the deed of murder whereas other styles emphasize the solving of the murder. Inherent in this style is almost constant self- parody, necessary to expand the target audience beyond the wiggers and drones who flock to the local mall. The parody element fundamental to the first two installments is in short supply in "Saw III", deliberately inserted into only one scene-the pig rendering trap.

Checking my watch every ten minutes I kept hoping that something would happen to give an interesting tilt to what I had already seen, as had happened in the first two. But by the midway point I had abandoned this (not the checking of my watch but the expectation that any magician could pull a rabbit out of this lame hat).

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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