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Captivity (2007)

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A man and a woman awaken to find themselves trapped in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Larry Cohen (screenplay), Joseph Tura (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elisha Cuthbert ... Jennifer
Daniel Gillies ... Gary Dexter
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ben Dexter
Michael Harney ... Det. Bettiger
Laz Alonso ... Det. Ray Di Santos
Maggie Damon Maggie Damon ... Detective Susan Luden
Carl Paoli ... Victim #1
Trent Broin Trent Broin ... Victim #2
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Storyline

Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree has it all - beauty, fame, money and power. Her face appears on covers of hundreds of magazines. At the top of her game, Jennifer is America's sweetheart. She is loved and adored and sought after. Everyone wants her. But someone out there has been watching and waiting. Someone wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged and taken. Held captive in a cell, Jennifer is subjected to a series of terrifying, life-threatening tortures that could only be conceived by a twisted, sadistic mind. It follows the story of one woman who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks. Written by After Dark Films

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, grisly images, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Russia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sótano See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,429,100, 13 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,626,800, 29 July 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The initial advertising campaign for Captivity featured a multi-paneled poster. The first panel was labeled "Abduction," featuring actress Elisha Cuthbert appearing petrified, her mouth covered by a black gloved hand. The second panel was labeled "Confinement" and showed Cuthbert behind a chain-link fence with a bloody thumb poking through. The third was labeled "Torture" and featured Cuthbert on her back, her face hidden within a white cast and red tubes going up her nose. The fourth panel was labeled "Termination" and featured what appeared to be a limp body hanging over a table. The poster was placed on several billboards across Los Angeles, causing a significant uproar and resulting in many complaints. Distributor Lionsgate - who were not involved in the film's advertising campaign and claimed to know nothing of the poster in question before the posters were distributed - and producer After Dark Films ultimately decided to remove the controversial poster from the advertising campaign and took the billboards down. See more »

Goofs

While wearing a longer flowered skirt, Jennifer is seen ripping up a black mini skirt with a studded silver belt. In subsequent scenes she switches between wearing the flowered skirt and the black mini that she previously destroyed. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Another night of hero sex?
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Crazy Credits

Michael Harney's name is misspelled in the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first cut of the film, which was released in Spain, contains hardly any gore and was more of a straight-up thriller. Most of the gore scenes were re-shot and added for the US and UK releases. Scenes that only appear in the original (Spain) version:
  • After Jennifer escapes it shows a shotgun on the floor along with a blasted door
  • Also after she escapes there's a scene that shows people wondering how she got out
  • There's more investigating and police work with the two male cops and there's a also a female cop who doesn't appear in the other version
  • Ben has an extra scene at a restaurant and more overall screen time Scenes that were added to the second (US/UK) version:
  • The acid shower scene
  • The flashback scenes with Gary and Ben as kids
  • The blender scene
  • The tooth-pulling scene
  • Jennifer being abducted at the nightclub
  • All of the dog scenes
  • The scene where Jennifer is on her cell phone
  • Jennifer and Gary fighting over the gun
  • Jennifer shoots Gary an extra time (in his crotch)
  • The videotape of the woman in the acid trap
  • The scenes that show some of the aftermaths of the other victims
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Priests
from "The Magic Flute"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Failoni Kamerazenekar (as The Failoni Orchestra, Budapest)
Conducted by Michael Halász (as Michael Halász)
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Reasonable effort
10 July 2007 | by cynical_siSee all my reviews

You see I saw another movie yesterday (9 July 07) about being trapped in a room which may have been to the detriment of Captivity. While in general the idea was good there was something not quite thrilling enough. Captivity borrowed from a smattering of other movies without really living up to any of them.

It was nice to see Elisha doing something different, and as always pleasant enough to see her in a film.. but I felt little empathy for her character or indeed, that of her companion.

Not psychological enough to be another Silence of the Lambs or 1408, and not horror / gore enough to be another Saw, Cube or Hostel.


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