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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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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:

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman was originally cast in the role of Meg Altman and Hayden Panettiere was cast as her daughter, Sarah. Before filming began, Panettiere was replaced with Kristen Stewart, who beat out Daveigh Chase for the role, as director David Fincher found her "irritating". Then, only eighteen days into filming, Kidman had to leave the film as well, due to a recurring knee injury, suffered during the filming of Moulin Rouge! (2001). Fincher suggested that the studio close the production and collect the insurance, but the studio decided to go on. Jodie Foster was offered the role. She was due to be the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury but withdrew to work with Fincher, with whom she was originally supposed to work on The Game (1997) in the role now played by Sean Penn. Foster had only nine days to prepare for the role. Kidman left a small mark in the film nevertheless, however, as the voice of the girlfriend of Foster's husband in the movie, heard answering the phone when Foster's character calls him in a desperate attempt for help. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Kristen Stewart is flashing SOS in Morse code through the hole, her mother asks "where did you learn that?" she then replies "Titanic." In the movie 'Titanic' they correctly used the proper distress signal of the time which was CQD (CQ is Code for 'All Stations' and suffixed by 'D' for distress). CQD in Morse code is -.-. --.- -.. See more »

Quotes

Meg: Hey. Enough. Mind the pizza?
Sarah: What do you mean?
Meg: Our first night. I should've thought of something special.
Sarah: I like pizza.
Sarah: Fuck him.
Meg: Don't.
Sarah: Fuck her, too.
Meg: I agree. But don't.
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As long as you can read "An Indelible Picture" you can already see the credit "Jodie Foster" in the background. 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 Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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User Reviews

With "Panic Room" Fincher Does It AGAIN!
9 April 2002 | by jivemonkeySee all my reviews

I was leery after seeing the first trailer for Panic Room, but as I saw it each time I noticed something I liked about it. First, the story looked okay, but then I realised Forrest Whitaker was in it (usually a great sign!) and then I saw Jared Leto and noticed Dwight Yokam's name in the credits, and I was ready to see it. Then I realized this was the new David Fincher film, and I was HOOKED! I loved Seven, Fight Club, and I even admired Alien3, simply because of Fincher. The movie is fantastic, full of twists, turns and jolts. The performance of Jared Leto was awesome. His character was funny and seemed to hold the action together. Jodie Foster is great, as usual, and Kristen Stewart was very good as the Sarah (although from the trailers, it was hard to tell if it was a boy or girl...)and Dwight and Forrest were great as well. This is the best suspense film in a while, and Fincher once again proves he is at the top of his profession! "Go see Panic Room!"


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