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Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.



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Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. Written by Jim Beaver <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Paul Conroy has just woken up buried 6 feet underground. He has a mobile phone. 90 minutes of oxygen. And no way out. See more »

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enterrado  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,268 (USA) (24 September 2010)


$1,028,658 (USA) (5 November 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


The snake which appears in the box with Paul is rattling its tail. Only rattlesnakes can do that and they are endemic to the Americas, they are not found in Iraq. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Conroy: [screaming] Hey!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.2 (2010) See more »


In the Lap of the Mountain
Written by Rodrigo Cortés and Víctor Reyes
Performed by Garrett Wall & The Breath-No-Breathers
Guitars and Banjo: Diego García
Drums: David Hyman
Bass: Francisco López
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Suspenseful and exciting!
20 October 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A man wakes up to find himself locked in a buried coffin with nothing but a cell phone, lighter and a flask of alcohol. That's the simple premise for this unique thriller. Ryan Reynolds brings his acting talents to a role that breaks from his usual comedic style. The film's 95 minute running time is completely dependent on Reynolds and he delivers a completely believable and realistic performance.

On top of Reynolds' performance this Spanish/Australian production boasts amazing direction by Spanish director, Rodrigo Cortes and a thrilling musical score by Victor Reyes. The simplicity of the plot allows the filmmakers to truly get creative. Having an entire film with only one character in a coffin using what seems to be natural lighting? Not a problem. The script even manages to have a lot to say (it's set in Iraq) whilst continuously raising the tension levels to the point of it nearly being unbearable.

Buried is a suspenseful and exciting thriller that forces the viewer to feel claustrophobic at every opportunity. This isn't just a movie, it's an exhausting experience that leaves you breathless.

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