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Panic Room (2002)

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A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

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David Fincher

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David Koepp
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart ... Sarah Altman
Forest Whitaker ... Burnham
Dwight Yoakam ... Raoul
Jared Leto ... Junior
Patrick Bauchau ... Stephen Altman
Ann Magnuson ... Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan ... Evan Kurlander
Andrew Kevin Walker ... Sleepy Neighbor
Paul Schulze ... Officer Keeney
Mel Rodriguez ... Officer Morales
Richard Conant Richard Conant ... SWAT Cop
Paul Simon Paul Simon ... SWAT Cop
Victor Thrash Victor Thrash ... SWAT Cop
Ken Turner Ken Turner ... SWAT Cop
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Storyline

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. Written by Film_Fan

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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe Room See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,056,751, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$96,397,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,397,415
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington was considered for the part of Burnham. See more »

Goofs

When the bad guys are taping a garden hose to the propane tank, it's clear the tank has an O.P.D. type valve because of the triangular handle on the valve. Overfill Prevention Device valves have an added safety feature; they will not release propane without the proper hose fitting attached, which will depress a spring loaded valve just inside where the fitting screws in. Fittings like what is on the tank end used on gas grills. A simple garden hose would not release the valve. Therefore, when the valve is opened, no gas would have been released. See more »

Quotes

Lydia Lynch: [First Lines] I wrote it all down: 4,200 square feet, four floors. Perfect. Courtyard in back, south-facing garden. Perfect.
Meg: Shouldn't we just wait for the car service?
Lydia Lynch: No, we'll sit in traffic forever.
Meg: Is that the listing sheet?
Lydia Lynch: There is no listing sheet. I heard about it this morning. It'll be gone by this afternoon.
Meg: Well, how many more after this one.
Lydia Lynch: None. You know how tight the market is.
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special thanks to the residents of West 94th Steet, Manhattan See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's VHS & HDTV release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than on DVD. See more »

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a fine Hollywood thriller
29 September 2002 | by freeprogrammerSee all my reviews

This movie is a nice piece of work! Those expecting or needing an edgy film ala Seven or Fight Club, don't bother. This movie does not pretend or intend to be what it is not. The camera work is great, the photography is great, and the acting is note-perfect given the script.

Nothing over-ambitious and the Fincher flick with the most appropriate running time and the least false notes so far. This is a classic thriller, much better than the negative reviews from other people led me to believe.

The photography is perfect for the movie. That includes the virtual camera work. Yes it looks like a David Fincher movie, but no it is not intentionally depressing and ugly as his others. The lighting works with the settings (3am in a huge house.)

Yes it's violent, that's why it's R rated. No, it's not something you'll necessarily want to watch a second time. This 90 very entertaining minutes of "now what's gonna happen"?

So suspend your disbelief a tad, sit back, and be entertained.


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