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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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What do you do when your hiding place is their destination? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Outside of the opening and closing scenes, everything else in the film is either set within the walls of the panic room or Meg's house. See more »

Goofs

Junior says that Meg had closed escrow. New York does not have an escrow system. Closing on a house is done with attorneys, with a set closing date. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Altman: [to Meg] Please don't do anything stupid.
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special thanks to the residents of West 94th Steet, Manhattan See more »

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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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Circus Performance
29 December 2004 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

David Fincher is a magician of sorts, he should work in a circus. He does things with his gadgets that are quite extraordinary, but, has absolutely no clue about drama. Based on a tiny, thin, invisible script he builds a theme park ride that gets very tired very soon. All of David Fincher's films look terrific, they all have ambitious intentions but they collapse under the poverty of the scripts. "Seven" is the better one, but still, after you get over the magnificent photography, you're left with a formula used and abused for years. "Fight Club" has a first hour that makes you think in you're in for a real treat. With superb performances by Norton, Pitt and Bonham Carter and then a massive let down. "The Game" was mystical, powerful, mysterious and spine chilling for the whole first part but then... They all have that same common denominator, opportunistic, thoughtless and unimaginative writing. That alone alienates the bulk of their potential audiences. Now "Panic Room" the most blatant example of what I'm trying to convey. No matter how brilliant the camera work, where are the characters? Where is the drama? What was with the husband? What about that semi visit by the police? Unforgivable. I should advice Mr. Fincher to look at films with less gadgetry, even less ambition and take note. From William Wyler's "Desperate Hours" to David Miller's "Midnight Lace" or quite simply look at the sort of writers Alfred Hitchcock worked with, without them Mr. Hitchcock would have been a director of the past not the legendary master for all seasons.


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