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Buried (2010)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis García Pérez ...
Jabir (voice) (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Robert Paterson ...
Dan Brenner (voice)
Alan Davenport (voice)
Linda Conroy (voice)
Pamela Lutti (voice)
Warner Loughlin ...
Special Agent Harris (voice)
911 Operator (voice)
State Department Rep. (voice)
Cade Dundish ...
Shane Conroy (voice)
411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
411 Male Operator (voice)
CRT Operator (voice)
CRT Spokesman (voice)


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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Your fate is never sealed. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$100,268, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,658, 7 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,152,480, 4 August 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ryan Reynolds was the first and only choice to play Paul Conroy. See more »


Once Paul's phone reaches 2 bars on the battery life, a scene later it jumps back up to 3 bars, then after a few moments drops to only 1 bar. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Conroy: [screaming] Hey!
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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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A minimalist masterpiece
29 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Buried: in which Ryan Reynolds is en-tombed underground in a coffin like structure with only a cell phone and a lighter for company spending 90 minutes crying out for help to anyone who will listen. Director Rodrigo Cortes keeps the drama entirely inside this average-sized coffin-like box but as anyone who watched Hitchcock play with space and tension in Rope and Lifeboat will know how inventive one has to be with limited room, Cortes used his skill to make this experiment work brilliantly with some interesting lighting effects to keep it visually interesting. After watching this movie I was left physically trembling. This was partly because the final five minutes are about as nail-biting as five minutes of film can possibly be, but mostly because of the tremendous adoration I have for the filmmakers who have achieved so much with so little. Whoever says you need to think outside the box should think again, because Buried is nothing short of a minimalist masterpiece. bravo for a very brave ending.

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