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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

Writer:

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 »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After Nicole Kidman was forced to leave the production, other actresses had to be considered. Among them was Angelina Jolie who was deemed to be too young. See more »

Goofs

When the E.S.U. (Emergency Service Unit) team enters the house and clears the bottom floor officer Keeney calls for a "bus" or ambulance to help Stephen. When E.S.U. are called to a scene an ambulance is automatically dispatched with them, there would be no need for Officer Keeney to call. See more »

Quotes

Meg: Is that Morse Code?
Sarah: No, SOS.
Meg: Where did you learn that?
Sarah: Titanic!
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Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. 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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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Simple Tight Movie
24 November 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Director David Fincher lays out a tight simple thriller. It takes place all in and around the house. Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) is recently divorced and buying a house in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It has a panic room. On their first night in the house, they get invaded by three criminals (Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto) intend on getting something from the previous owner left in the panic room. Only Meg and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) get there first.

Fincher has striped away all the unnecessary filler from the story. It's a simple cat and mouse game. Nothing could be simpler. Even at almost 2 hours, there isn't a slow moment. All the actors get their fair share. Jodie and Forest lead the cast, but Jared and Kristen also shine. I wouldn't say this was the greatest or the most original. It is simply a good movie.


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