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.


David Fincher


David Koepp
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Jodie Foster starred alongside Cherie Currie in the movie Foxes (1980). In 2002, Jodie Foster played Kristen Stewart's mother in 'Panic Room.' Kristen Stewart would later go on to play Cherie Currie's bandmate, Joan Jett, in the biopic The Runaways (2010) named after the band they formed before Cherie Currie went into acting. See more »


It is unclear why the intruders didn't destroy the security cameras as soon as Meg and Sarah locked themselves in the panic room, both to mask their identities in case the women were ever able to describe them to police, and prevent the women from tracing their movements (as becomes germane to the plot). Even in the very beginning, before the men screwed shut the doors, the women could have seen all the men grouped two floors down in the kitchen and taken the opportunity to escape through a fire escape upstairs. See more »


Junior: Listen, goddamn it! I'm in charge here! Now what the hell is goin' on?
[Junior watches Raoul and Burnham hooking up the propane tank to the air duct]
Junior: Oh, this is good. This could work. I was just thinking we should do something like this!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. 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 is more picture at the top and bottom of the frame than on DVD, which presents the original theatrical aspect ratio (2.39:1). See more »


References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

User Reviews

A really good suspense thriller !!!
1 January 2021 | by chloegalleySee all my reviews

Panic room is a 2002 American thriller directed by David fincher starring Jodie foster, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker. A brilliant suspense thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Fantastic acting from all the cast with a good storyline. The camera work was incredible and was very well directed. I really enjoyed this movie and certainly entertained me . So if you get a chance watch it as you won't be disappointed you will certainly have a thriller of a ride. It's currently streaming on Netflix right now don't wait to long as you might miss it. Just a nice suspense thriller. Watch it !!!

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe Room See more »


Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,056,751, 31 March 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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